Guided tour shows the “Modern Women” of Almada Negreiros

Exhibition is open until October 14th

A guided tour to the exhibition “Modern Women in the work of José de Almada Negreiros”, under the supervision of curator Mariana Pinto dos Santos, takes place on 7 August, at 11:30 am, at the Municipal Museum of Tavira – Palácio da Galeria. 

The exhibition, an initiative of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in partnership with the Municipality of Tavira, brings together 55 drawings and paintings – most belonging to the collection of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum's Modern Collection – as well as excerpts from the artist's literary work and texts published in newspapers and in magazines of the time.

Emancipated modern women are present in Almada's artistic production: in 20s fashion or through the representation of smokers, seducers, rebels, artists, singers, dancers, actresses, sportsmen or acrobats. However, the male gaze still rises and voyeur which dominated the history of art, turned the female body into an object and made it a substantial part of its tradition.

The female figuration as a work force is also evoked, through the representation of sea women, whose hardened and suffering expression announces realistic concerns, present in Almada's plastic work from the 30s.

Mariana Pinto dos Santos is an art historian, with a PhD in History and Theory from the Facultat de Belles Arts – Universitat de Barcelona, ​​an integrated researcher at the Institute of Art History of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences and visiting professor at the Department of Art History. college.

She is the author of the book Vanguarda & Outros Loas (Lisbon: Assírio & Alvim, 2007), as well as studies in catalogs and essays published in magazines, on the history of contemporary art, modernity and modernism, art theory and historiography.

She is also co-editor of Literary Work by Almada Negreiros (Assírio & Alvim), of Intervalo magazine (Pianola/Vendaval) of Pianola Editores and of Edições do Saguão.

She was curator of the exhibition at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation “José de Almada Negreiros: a way of being modern” (3 February to 5 June 2017) and the exhibition at the National Museum of Soares dos Reis, in Porto, “José de Almada Negreiros : drawing in motion” (November 29, 2017 to March 31).

All interested parties must register until the 6th of August, by filling out this form available here 

Registration is free and mandatory, with a limited number of 30 participants. The activity is aimed at the general public.

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