“Souto de Moura: Memory, Projects, Works” at Casa da Arquitectura – Centro Português de Arquitectura

The Casa da Arquitectura – Portuguese Architecture Center will open, in October, the “Souto de Moura – Memory, Projects, Works” Exhibition, which will be on display until 6 September 2020. Curated by Francesco Dal Co and Nuno Graça Moura, the Souto de Moura exhibition will offer a singular and rare monographic reading of the work of one of the most prestigious Portuguese architects.

 

“Souto de Moura – Memória, Projectos, Obras” em Matosinhos

 

The Exhibition is the first reading taken from the huge collection that the architect deposited at Casa da Arquitectura last May, consisting of 604 models, about 8500 drawings and all the textual and photographic documentation that complements the projects.


 

“Souto de Moura: Memory, Projects, Works”
18 October, 2019 – 6 September, 2020
Casa da Arquitectura, Avenida Menéres, 456
4450-189 Matosinhos
Portugal

 


Integrating about 40 projects, the show will ‘invade’ the Casa da Arquitectura: it will occupy the 950 square meter exhibition nave and the 150 square meter House Gallery. The exhibition material, all original and largely never exposed, is rigorously presented as it appears in the Casa da Arquitectura archive without manipulation or omission.

 

Eduardo Soto de Moura at Casa da Arquitectura

Eduardo Soto de Moura at Casa da Arquitectura

 

This exhibition and its catalog (published by Casa da Arquitectura and Yale University Press) have an eminently documentary purpose, opening the archive to the public, making it available for various analyzes, interpretations, speculations. The catalog will have as essayists names like Alvaro Siza, Carlos Machado, Francesco Dal Co, Giovanni Leoni, Jorge Figueira, Nuno Graça Moura and Rafael Moneo, among others.

A vast program of parallel activities, curated by Nuno Sampaio, Francesco Dal Co and Nuno Graça Moura, complements the exhibition. It includes conference and debate cycles with some of the most important national and international architecture figures and other disciplines, concerts and a set of guided tours, where the visitor can fully experience the work. The monographic exhibition, dedicated to the work of Eduardo Souto de Moura, to be held at the Casa da Arquitectura, in Matosinhos, between October 2019 and September 2020, revisits the four decades of architectural production of this unique figure of Portuguese and world architecture.

 

Eduardo Soto de Moura at Casa da Arquitectura

Eduardo Soto de Moura at Casa da Arquitectura

 

The exhibition material, all original and largely never exposed, is selected from the extraordinary collection of Souto de Moura, currently largely deposited in the Casa da Arquitectura, which is made up of hundreds of models, thousands of drawings and other documents. job.

“Souto de Moura, memory, projects, works” proposes a trip through the architect’s vast production, organized chronologically, without prejudice to allow and foster deviations to this order, in order to make clear the relations between parties. Drawings, models and other documents are presented strictly as they appear in the archive, without manipulation or any omission. The selection of several dozen works, by nature, always partial and incomplete, seeks to highlight the fundamental role that everyone plays in understanding the work of Souto de Moura.

This exhibition and its catalog (published by Casa da Arquitectura and Yale University Press) have an eminently documentary purpose, opening the archive to the public, making it available for various analyzes, interpretations, speculations. As is the privilege of the larger creations, the works of Souto de Moura grow with time. It continually uncovers clues to its understanding of the work’s relationship with that of other authors, because no author has truly made sense of himself alone. Also, it never hurts to refocus on the creations of other decades, side by side with the latest.

At a time when, as in others, part of architecture seems to have lost some of its essential meaning, we believe that this exhibit is a unique opportunity to underline the greater relevance of Souto de Moura’s work.


 

News source: Casa da Arquitectura – Centro Português de Arquitectura
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