LisbonWeek 2015, events and activities on history, art and architecture at Alvalade

From April 10 to 19, Alvalade, the ultimate modernist neighborhood in Lisbon, will become the place where past and future collide – like a platform of memories and ideas that highlight the best kept secrets in the city.

 

Autocarro Lisboa Moderna © LisbonWeek 2015

Alvalade neighborhood circa 1960 © LisbonWeek 2015

 

A co-production between ACTU (Associação Cultural e Turística Urbana), Lisbon’s City Council and the town council of Alvalade, LisbonWeek will explore this neighborhood through 11 cultural visits and 12 exhibitions, in a journey that will meet emblematic buildings that are part of Lisbonners’ daily life but whose relevance is still unknown to many.

After its successful first two editions, in which more than 55 thousand people connected directly with all sort of events, LisbonWeek wants to invite visitors from all over the world to rediscover the magic of Alvalade, a neighborhood built from scratch in the beginning of the 20th century, following the most innovative architectural and urbanistic projects.

 

Alvalade Original Urban Plan © LisbonWeek 2015

Alvalade Original Urban Plan © LisbonWeek 2015

Bairro de Alvalade© LisbonWeek 2015

Bairro de Alvalade© LisbonWeek 2015

 

As a result of a historical survey developed over a year and a half by the LisbonWeek team, this edition will tell striking stories from places such as Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, Jardim do Campo Grande, Reitoria da Universidade de Lisboa, Torre do Tombo, Museu de Lisboa – Palácio Pimenta, Museu Bordalo Pinheiro, Hospital Júlio de Matos, Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil or Complexo dos Coruchéus. Through daily cultural tours, visitors will be able to know the historical, architectural and artistic perspectives of each of these nine locations.

The cultural guided tours on the LisbonWeek bus will, in turn, show a different perspective over the urban plan of the Alvalade neighborhood. “Lisboa Moderna”, a visit curated by Ana Tostões, will cover the main points of Alvalade, following the history of the neighborhood, its most representative buildings and its evolution. The bus tour “Porfírio Pardal Monteiro”, curated by João Pardal Monteiro, will explore the work of Porfírio Pardal Monteiro -a well known portuguese architect from the XX century- throughout the city. There will also be a visit by foot to the Jardim do Campo Grande, outlined by José Sarmento de Matos.

 

Mercado de Alvalade © LisbonWeek 2015

Mercado de Alvalade © LisbonWeek 2015

Torre do Tombo © LisbonWeek 2015

Torre do Tombo © LisbonWeek 2015

 

Some of the best of the events programmed as highlighted by  LisbonWeek are four noteworthy exhibitions, all of them free from 10 to 19 of April, and the premiere of a very unique theatre play.

“Porfírio Pardal Monteiro – Arquitecto de Lisboa”, an exhibition curated by Ana Tostões and João Pardal Monteiro, will be on display at the National Library of Portugal.  This is a unique opportunity to learn more about the life and work of one of the most important architects of Portugal, since there has been no other retrospect of this extent since 1938. It is supported by Caixa Geral de Depósitos (CGD).

 

Exposição Porfírio Pardal Monteiro © LisbonWeek 2015

Exposição Porfírio Pardal Monteiro © LisbonWeek 2015

 

“Encontrar Mary Keil”, a production of ACTU that exposes, in Alvalade’s subway station, some of the most remarkable tiling work of the painter Maria Keil. Her work, built over eight decades, reveals a multifaceted journey that blends illustration, tapestry, set design, graphic design and furniture, making Maria Keil one of the most notable Portuguese artists of the twentieth century.

“Urban Sketchers” is a unique insight into the daily life of Alvalade through the hands of some members of the Urban Sketchers, that during January and February have captured the ambience, the colors and the life of the neighborhood. The drawings will be exhibited in the Reitoria da Universidade de Lisboa.

 

Urban Sketchers © LisbonWeek 2015

Urban Sketchers © LisbonWeek 2015

 

– “Vanguarda“, a photography exhibition that goes back to the 50s to show the everyday life in Alvalade. The images for this return to the past were provided by the Municipal Archive of Lisbon, and can be seen at Centro Comercial Alvalade.

 

Exposição Vanguarda © LisbonWeek 2015

Exposição Vanguarda © LisbonWeek 2015

 

– “E Morreram Felizes Para Sempre“, an immersive theater play that takes place in a two-story building at the Hospital Júlio de Matos. This show, conceived by Nuno Moreira and with stage direction of Ana Padrão, will allow the visitor to interact with the space and discover the stories within the story: a cross-over between Pedro and Inês de Castro’s love tragedy, and the invention of lobotomy by Egas Moniz, proposed for Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (which he eventually won) in the first International Congress of Psychosurgery, held at this hospital in 1948.

The intervention of LisbonWeek in Alvalade will contribute to the rediscovery and revitalization of the neighborhood, approaching the citizens to an extremely rich cultural heritage, where different generations and ways of life intersect, strengthening the dynamics of the city and capturing international publics that usually focus on common touristic itineraries. In this sense, LisbonWeek will also act as host to a number of regular events in the city that, during these days, will add even more dynamic to the neighborhood.

 


 

Events data: April 10th to 19th

PORFÍRIO PARDAL MONTEIRO – ARQUITECTO DE LISBOA / EXHIBITION

Curated by Ana Tostões and João Pardal Monteiro

Reitoria da Universidade de Lisboa, Hotel Ritz, Instituto Superior Técnico, Faculdade de Letras, Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil, Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal … The list could go on, so many are the emblematic buildings, in Lisbon, that were designed by Porfírio Pardal Monteiro (1897-1957). Creator of impressive public works, qualified and pragmatic, he marked the transformation and evolution of the city’s urban development with a series of vital equipments. In the early XX century, he was the most efficient architect who and became famous as the first modernist. Never one to make settlements, he was able to get the best of tradition and innovate. That is why it is urgent to know Porfírio Pardal Monteiro’s work – to understand Lisbon, it’s necessary to know the work and the legacy of Porfírio Pardal Monteiro. Sponsored by Caixa Geral de Depósitos (CGD), this exhibition takes us on a journey of discovery of the man and the architect. Seventy-seven years after the first show, held in 1938 at Instituto Superior Técnico, which marked his 20-year career, Lisbon finally celebrates Porfírio Pardal Monteiro, presenting an overview of his work and his life of dedication and passion. Projects such as Cais do Sodré (station) or Gares Marítimas will be presented from original drawings, paintings and visionary images, occupying 1000 m2 of Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal new exhibition hall.

LOCATION AND OPENING HOURS

Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, Campo Grande 83
From April 10 to June 1
Monday to Friday from 09:30am to 7:30pm, Saturdays from 09:30am to 5:30pm
Free Entrance between 10 – 19 April

 

Portugal National Library © LisbonWeek 2015

Portugal National Library © LisbonWeek 2015

 

LNEC – ENGENHARIA PARA A SOCIEDADE / EXHIBITION

The Portuguese engineering illustrated by an exhibition of scale models of structures and experimental facilities used in studies to guarantee the security of large engineering works.

LOCATION AND OPENING HOURS

Laboratório de Engenharia Civíl – Avenida do Brasil, 101
Lobby of the main building
Monday to Friday from 9am to 7pm Saturday to Sunday from 2pm to 7pm
Free Entrance Opens Abril 10

 

ENCONTRAR MARIA KEIL / EXHIBITION 

Maria Keil (1914-2012) defined herself as a “working class artist”. Her work, built over eight decades, reveals a multifaceted journey that blends illustration, tapestry, set design, graphic design, furniture, painting and advertising, which makes Maria Keil one of the most notable Portuguese artists of the XX century. Born in Silves, she came to Lisbon with only 15 to study at Escola Superior de Belas Artes. It was there that he met Francisco Keil do Amaral, at the time a student of architecture, with whom she eventually married. A new circle of friends, which included some of the most important intellectuals of the time, made her feel that “at school you don’t learn anything”. With a natural interest for several areas, it the 50’s she intensifies her work with tiles, when she is called to finish the walls of the newly opened Metropolitano de Lisboa. In a 2005 interview to Bdjornal, she tells how it all happened: “My husband was the architect of the Metro stations. It was a complete poverty, there was no money for nothing. The director said, ‘we only have money for the carriages and lines, that’s all.’ It was a misery to go down stairs and see an underground with nothing but concrete… my husband came home and said, “I can’t do it like this… what if I put tile that is washable and shines?” Maria Keil found dozens of different solutions to the stations that were successively opening, having always in mind the guideline for total absence of figuration, which could cause “disruption” – hence their abstract compositions. This work, which can still be appreciated these days, was therefore a collaboration by … love “Me and my husband worked a lot of for free, just for the sake of art. We were not ambitious. The work of the tile panels for the Metropolitan, for example, was not paid. And they were nineteen stations!” LisbonWeek wants to make sure that, at least in Alvalade, you will now begin to know the story behind these panels everybody sees… but forgets to look.

LOCATION AND OPENING HOURS

Cais de embarque da Estação de Metropolitano de Alvalade, Praça de Alvalade
Opens Abril 10
Monday to Sunday from 06:30am to 01am
Free Entrance [ Required ticket to the metro piers ]

 

URBAN SKETCHERS / EXHIBITION

You’ve probably seen, and admired, many of their sketches, but maybe don’t know who they are – yet. It’s natural. The Urban Sketchers are a collective of authors drawing on location the cities they live, the places they travel, and that occasionally meet to draw “together”. They can be from anywhere, provided they follow the manifesto, a kind of modus vivendi that says things like “our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel”, “we draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation” or “we show the world, one drawing at a time”. For LisbonWeek, Urban Sketchers have been capturing the ambience, the colors and the life of the Alvalade neighborhood from January 22 until the end of February. The works will be exposed at Reitoria da Universidade de Lisboa.

LOCATION AND OPENING HOURS

Reitoria da Universidade de Lisboa, Alameda da Universidade
Monday to Friday from 10am to 7pm
Free Entrance Opens Abril 10

 

Reitoria da Universidade de Lisboa © LisbonWeek 2015

Reitoria da Universidade de Lisboa © LisbonWeek 2015

 

VANGUARDA / EXHIBITION

Considered by many as a paradigm in Portuguese urbanism, Alvalade was the result of a serious reflection on urban architecture, public space and the best way to “design” a city. The project for this neighborhood, while having a strong social component, was above all a “revolution” from an aesthetic point of view, since it agregates various influences, uniting tradition with the modernist movement. That’s the reason “Vanguard” is the perfect name for this photography exhibition, a voyage that goes back to the 50’s to show those days of change in Alvalade: the large avenues, the new, big buildings, the markets and cafes, the cinemas… The daily life of a neighborhood that was growing and, thanks to the intervention of very important artists from different areas, proved to be completely avant-garde. The images for this return to the past were provided by Arquivo Municipal de Lisboa, and can be seen at Centro Comercial Alvalade.

LOCATION AND OPENING HOURS

Centro Comercial Alvalade, Praça de Alvalade 6
Monday to Sunday from 9am to 9pm
Free Entrance Opens Abril 10

 

Map © LisbonWeek 2015

Map © LisbonWeek 2015

 

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