Until 01-03-2020

Pardal Monteiro (1897-1957) - Architecture, pure and simple

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Pardal Monteiro (1897-1957) - Architecture, pure and simple

Temporary exhibition that took place between November 27 2019 and March 1 2020.

"Being modern is just like being elegant: it is not a way a dressing, but a way a being."

José de Almada Negreiros

 

The generation of architects that authored the first modernist buildings in Portugal had a profound influence on the architectural culture of the city of Lisbon and on the country’s culture in general. This exhibition is dedicated to one among this distinguished generation of architects born in the 1890s, the so-called 90s generation: Porfírio Pardal Monteiro and his proposal for the headquarters of Banco de Portugal in 1936, which never came to fruition. 

A model of this project remained, which has been restored and is now exhibited in the old church of São Julião, a building that would not exist if the one envisaged by Pardal Monteiro had been completed. This object, which survived for decades, justifies a look at the architect and his reflection on the noble area that is Pombaline Baixa: all the paradoxes and chance occurrences, what was preserved and what was destroyed, that makes the city of Lisbon what it is today.

 

Following a municipal decision in the 1940s, the architects who were informed that they should look at 18th century architecture for their façades were unable to combine the austere Art Déco with the nationalist aesthetics of the dictatorship, because the new materials and the rationality that had irreversibly entered the building processes were modern, resulting in the architectural style português suave (soft Portuguese), sometimes softer than others.

In fact, the conflict between Pardal Monteiro and the precursors of urbanism and modern architecture was always close at hand, in São Julião, in the Pomabline Baixa. And even one of the most respected modernist architects in Portugal took his time to understand the modernity in the plan by Manuel da Maia and Eugénio dos Santos. Maybe being modern in Portugal was always a way of being, and largely a matter of skin. 

 

Margarida Cunha Belém, 2019

 

Exhibition credits

Curatorship
Margarida Cunha Belém

Project management
Museu do Dinheiro - Departamento de Comunicação e Museu/Banco de Portugal

Executive production
Museu do Dinheiro - Departamento de Comunicação e Museu/Banco de Portugal

Museography and architectural features
Departamento de Comunicação e Museu/Banco de Portugal

Graphic design and communication
Departamento de Comunicação e Museu/Banco de Portugal

Education and mediation
Museu do Dinheiro - Departamento de Comunicação e Museu/Banco de Portugal

Transports
Rnstrans

Conservation and restoration
Água de Cal

Structures
José Jesus Cardoso Unipessoal, Lda.

Printing
SIGH
AF Atelier

Translation
Departamento de Relações Internacionais/Banco de Portugal

Security and lighting
Departamento de Serviços de Apoio/Banco de Portugal

Insurance
Lusitânia Companhia de Seguros, S.A.

Acknowlegments
António Pedro Ferreira
Arquivo Municipal de Lisboa
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian - Biblioteca de Arte e Arquivos
Hemeroteca de Lisboa
Diário de Notícias

Information

Pardal Monteiro (1897-1957) - Architecture, pure and simple
Temporary exhibition that took place between November 27 2019 and March 1 2020.
Initially, this exhibition was scheduled to end on February 23, but due to the high interest it was prolonged.

During the course of the exhibition there were special visits by the curator Margarida Cunha Belém, on Saturdays:

December 7 and January 18, at 3:00 pm (60 min.)

Other visits to the exhibition were guided by the education team and required advance booking.

More information to info@museudodinheiro.pt or +351 213 213 240

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