MOA members and visitors are invited to further their understanding and experience MOA’s exhibition, Heaven, Hell and Somewhere In Between: Portuguese Popular Art through a series of tours and other special events and programs, such as this film screening and poster display.
Azulejos: Une Utopie Céramique explores the unique history of ceramic wall coverings in Portugal.
Azulejo is a type of ceramic wall covering that, over five centuries, has had a unique history in Portugal, without parallel in the West. The film seeks to understand how this technique, which was originally artisanal, has become a major form of monumental decoration. Art historian Luís de Moura Sobral conducts his investigation in Montreal, Portugal and Brazil. Working backward chronologically, he introduces viewers to some of the most representative monuments in this art form, from the Lisbon subway to ensembles from the baroque era, created by Oliveira Bernardes Senior and Junior, with commentary by historians, curators, artists and restorers.
(45 min, English subtitles).
Prof. Luis de Moura Sobral will be giving an introduction of the documentary and hosting a Q&A session after the film. He will be joined by Louise Thibaudeau, who produced the documentary.
The screening will be shown in conjunction with a one-day panel exhibition further illustrating this major form of monumental decoration.
Free with Museum admission.