When visiting a city, always look for exhibitions or shows that may be interesting. Assuming that some of you do the same and that a few may be planning to visit Lisbon on the near future, I'll be writing a series of posts on Things to Do in Lisbon, like Art Exhibitions, Walking Tours, Concerts or anything that I may like and expect that you will like to know about. Your feedback on what you find more relevant will be highly appreciated.
This week, the highlight goes to two art exhibitions that opened recently in the city on two of the most relevant Portuguese modern artists of the 20th century: Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso and Almada Negreiros.
AMADEO DE SOUZA-CARDOSO / PORTO LISBOA / 2016-1916
MUSEU NACIONAL DE ARTE COMTEMPORÂNEA - MUSEU DO CHIADO
12 January to 26 February 2017
When Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso (1887-1918) returned from Paris to Portugal at the beginning of World War One, he was a well known painter in the avant-garde milieu, having taken part in several group shows in Paris, New York, Chicago, Boston, Berlin and London. But Portugal of the early 20th century was not Paris and when Amadeo organizes a solo exhibition in 1916, both in Oporto and in Lisbon, the public reaction is controversial. One hundred years later an exhibition is held in both cities once again. Last year the French capital held, at the Grand Palais, a retrospective exhibition of the work of Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, who lived for 12 years in Paris.
JOSÉ ALMADA NEGREIROS : A WAY OF BEING MODERN
FUNDAÇÃO CALOUST GULBENKIAN
3 February to 5 June 2017
Almada Negreiros (1893-1970) was a prolific and varied artist, being a master of multiple crafts. To him, every art was a part of the “spectacle” an artist was required to present to the public, so that every piece, gesture or attitude was a means to reveal a total idea of modernity. This impressive exhibition presents paintings and drawings that are closely linked to the work the artist did in collaboration with architects, writers, publishers, musicians, set designers and stage directors. This exhibition, with almost 400 pieces, is a comprehensive retrospective on the work of an artist who propelled the avant-garde in the 1910s and whose career spanned the 20th century.