Opening Party: Heaven, Hell and Somewhere In Between

Join us for the opening party and preview of Heaven, Hell and Somewhere In Between: Portuguese Popular Art, on Tuesday May 12, 2015 at MOA. Guests will be treated to a first look at the exhibition followed by a special wine reception featuring Portuguese wine and port. A henna artist, Sabina Vasaya, will be at the reception to offer guests temporary hand graffiti inspired by the exhibition.


Curated by MOA director Dr. Anthony Shelton, this rare exhibition of Portuguese popular art includes pieces by many of the country’s internationally renowned traditional artists who pay homage to the great masters of the past. A fantasia of brightly painted pottery bandsmen playing drums, trumpets and concertinas and kindly figures of Christ and the saints emerge from rusted steel pedestals. She-devils sit suckling their young in front of images of urban graffiti. Cut and carved metallic and wood Carnival masks that caricature football club managers, politicians, witches, devils and Christ stare from gallery walls, floor and ceiling. Elsewhere in this symphony of the Portuguese imagination, marionettes of Roman gods and Lusitanian heroes jostle with figures of sirens and sea nymphs.


Drawn from the Museum’s own impressive collections, the exhibition is accompanied by a lavishly illustrated catalogue that contextualizes Portuguese popular art in relation to the country’s history, religion and politics.



Opening party, Heaven, Hell and Somewhere In Between


Tuesday, May 12, 7-9pm


MOA would like to thank the Consulate General of Portugal in Vancouver, Camões Institute, Pacific Wine & Spirits, and Seacove Premium Wine & Spirits for their generous support.

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