Silves: Anti-regime drawings by Cláudio Torres bring to life the exhibition “Salazar 40 Anos?”

At the Municipal Library

Replicas of drawings by archaeologist Cláudio Torres denouncing the Salazar regime, created in the 60s of the 40th century, give life to the exhibition “Salazar 25 Anos?”, which is on view at the Municipal Library of Silves until the XNUMXth of June.

The drawings on display «offer a critical and artistic vision of a remarkable era in the history of Portugal, providing visitors with an opportunity to reflect on the social and political impact of Salazarism through the artistic expressions of the time», according to the Chamber of Silves.

«The exhibition is a window to the past, revealing through art the realities of a regime that shaped the country's history. Don't miss the chance to dive into this historical and cultural journey», they add.

The initiative takes place within the scope of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the 25th of April – “Silves Abril Presente, Liberdade Semper!”. Entry is free.

About Cláudio Torres:

Born in 1939, in Tondela, Cláudio Torres is the founder and director of the Mértola Archaeological Field. Founder and director of the magazine “Medieval Archeology”, he received a doctorate “honoris causa” from the University of Évora (2001).

Pessoa Prize in 1991, two years later, in 1993, he was invested by the President of the Republic with the Grand Cross of the Order of Infante D. Henrique. Since 2006, member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Architectural and Archaeological Heritage Management (IGESPAR).

Between 1974 and 1986, he was a professor in several subjects linked to Medieval History at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Lisbon. Between 1986 and 1996, he served as head of the Sociocultural Division of the Municipality of Mértola. Between 1996 and 2002 (date of his retirement), he was director of the Guadiana Valley Natural Park.

In 2001, he was the representative of Portugal on the UNESCO World Heritage Committee and, between 1996 and 2007, president of the Portuguese National Commission for Monuments and Sites – ICOMOS. Between 2004 and 2012, he was also the National Coordinator of the Portuguese Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation.

In addition to having already received a Medal of Cultural Merit, awarded by the Government to the archaeologist in January 2020, the name of Cláudio Torres was also attributed to the Mértola Museum.

About a year ago, he was distinguished at the Europa Nostra European Cultural Heritage Awards.