Art Deco, the 20th century modernist artistic style that swept the world from Germany and France to the United States and South America, also had a significant impact in Portugal. Portuguese painters like António Soares and José de Almada Negreiros, and sculptors Canto da Maya and Diogo de Macedo Art, were torchbearers for this unique and popular form of design in this country. The Museum of Chiado celebrates these artists contribution to the movement in Happy Modernism: Art Deco in Portugal, Painting, Drawing Sculpture 1912-1960. The exhibition runs through 28 October 2012.
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According to exhibition curator Rui Alfonso Santos, modernism was first introduced to Portugal in 1912 via the First Exhibition of Portuguese Humourists. This cosmopolitan joie de vivre stylings seen in Germany and France was embraced early by Almada Negreiros. The futurist vanguard of 1915-17 (which included poet Fernando Pessoa and artists Guilherme Santa-Rita, Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, Eduardo Viana and Almada, among others) nourished this movement and helped push it past conservative Naturalism.
(left) António Soares (1894-1978), Retrato da Irmã do Artista, 1936, Oil on Canvas; (right) Ernesto Canto da Maia (1890-1981), Adão e Eva, 1929-1939, Terracotta
The show features 112 works spanning 1919 to 1960. The works of Almada Negreiros feature prominently in the exhibition. Among the 34 artists represented are Abel Manta, Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, Bernardo Marques, Carlos Botelho, Dordio Gomes, Ernesto Canto da Maya, Sarah Afonso, Mily Possoz, Cottinelli Telmo, Francisco Franco, Lino António, Mário Eloy, Raul Xavier, Armando Basto, Adelaide de Lima Cruz and Cristiano Cruz.
For more information, visit the Museum of Chiado website.
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