UMBIGO [belly button] is an independent art and culture platform, which includes a quarterly printed magazine, a daily online publication, a social network for art and a program of various curatorial activities.
Building on themes such as contemporary art, fashion and culture-related subjects, with no regards to geographic nor time boundaries, UMBIGO values the artists’ works and creations by adopting a transparent approach, being a resource for Portuguese and selected international contents.
Umbigo Magazine (printed edition)
Umbigo Magazine features editorials, art shows and global artists and it has two editions, one in Portuguese and other in English. The publication also consists of special art projects, art dialogues and essays, exhibitions reviews, in-depth interviews, and much more. Umbigo Magazine is a selection of subjects with a curatorial dimension. The covers are the result of art projects specially made for the magazine.
With a circulation of 5,000 copies, Umbigo Magazine has more than 700 points of commercial distribution in Portugal, as well as in other specialized spaces, such as museums and art stores. Internationally the magazine is distributed in London, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Madrid, Amsterdam, Zurich, Stockholm, Berlin, Leipzig, Moscow, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Detroit, Portland, Dubai, Tokyo, Seoul, China and in our online shop.
Umbigo Magazine (online edition)
A bilingual online magazine that shares the printed magazine philosophy with a larger number of news, articles, reports and projects, as it is not confined to a specific periodicity nor to a physical page limit.
Another of its characteristics is working as a complement to the printed edition, with more images and videos available. It aims to increase the loyalty of its audience and ensure their continuity and showcase a wide range of collaborators.
UmbigoLAB – Network for Art
Based on a networking model comprised of artists, curators, advisers and enthusiasts, UmbigoLAB is a digital platform conceived by Umbigo with the support of Millennium bcp Foundation. As the name indicates, it is a laboratory for the arts. It seeks to articulate curatorial discourse via its features, and in this sense, is also a space for exhibiting and meditating on contemporaneity and modernity.
UmbigoLAB is open to everyone who wishes to be part of it: after signing in, everyone may like, comment, save contents and network, having the ability to talk with other users. Though, only the artists and the curators invited may publish projects and create exhibitions.