Manuel Baptista’s “Invisible Territories” can still be seen in Sagres

The Fortress of Sagres is open to the public every day, from 9:30 am to 17:30 pm

The exhibition “Territorios Invisíveis”, by Manuel Baptista, can still be seen at the Contemporary Art Center of Fortaleza de Sagres, until the 16th of April.

Manuel Baptista was the first artist invited to exhibit in the new space dedicated to contemporary art in the Algarve, installed on the first floor of the Exhibition Center of Fortaleza de Sagres.

The exhibition, which is curated by Mirian Tavares and Pedro Cabral Santo, showcases 14 painting and drawing works, from various stages of the artist, from 1997 to 2017.

Manuel Baptista, one of the most renowned Portuguese artists, was born in Faro, in 1936. He studied at the Escola Superior de Belas-Artes, in Lisbon, and received a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, in Paris, and from the Instituto de Alta Cultura, in Ravenna.

His first exhibitions – individual (1956) and collective (1957) – were held in Faro.

He was one of the artists invited by the International Association of Art Critics to participate in the renovation of the decoration of the «A Brasileira» café, in Lisbon, which took place in 1971. «Quinta das Conchas» station, yellow line of the Lisbon metro.

Between 1990 and 2003, he took over the management of the municipal galleries Trem and Arco, in Faro.

In 2012, he received the «Best Visual Arts Exhibition» award, awarded by the Portuguese Society of Authors, for the «Fora de Escala» exhibition that was on display, in 2011, at the Lagos Cultural Center, where he presented drawings and sculptures from 1960-70 planned but never realized.

In 2018, he held the exhibition «Post-Pop. Out of the ordinary», at the Gulbenkian Foundation. The following year he presented «Manuel Baptista – Sombras e outros cores», composed of a set of works in paintings and volumes painted between 1963 and 2002, at the Arpad Szenes Museum – Vieira da Silva, in Lisbon.

He was awarded the following prizes: 1st Painting Prize, «Guerin Plastic Arts Prize», 1968; «Soquil Prize», 1970; «1984th Cerveira Biennial Painting Prize», 1993; «BANIF Painting Prize», XNUMX.

The Fortress of Sagres is open to the public every day from 9:30 am to 17:30 pm.