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Nov 182014
 
Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of the Portuguese painter Estêvão Soares

On October 16th, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Portuguese painter Estêvão Soares was celebrated in Lisbon. The commemorative event was organized by the sons of the painter, with the support of SNBA and the artist Maria Gabriel. The Director of the Movement for Contemporary Art (MAC) Álvaro Lobato de Faria took part in the commemorative session and the opening of the retrospective exhibition, held at the National Society of Fine Arts. Estêvão Soares was born in Marteleira in 1914 and died in Lisbon in 1992. His work, both in oil and watercolor, is built on figurative foundations and has been repeatedly associated with naturalism. The artist’s extensive production over five decades, mainly in Portugal and in the former Portuguese colonies in Africa, reflects the transformations undergone by the continental and overseas territory during the second half of the twentieth century. Along with other painters and sculptors, including António Carmo, Cipriano Dourado, Guilherme Casquilho and Hilário Teixeira Lopes, he founded in 1974, The Parallel Group, whose activity extends to the present day. His work is present in numerous private collections and several national museums in Portugal and abroad, notably in Angola, Mozambique, South Africa, United Kingdom and France. (Álvaro Lobato de Faria) “There is no secret of technique here, no artifice of fashion, no literary scholarly climate, just his instinct, his rich sensibility that recalls the great modern artists – without resembling them.” – Celestino Gomes, in “Arts and Letters” – 1949    

Oct 192014
 
Conference by Álvaro Lobato de Faria on the artistic work of sculptor Joao Duarte, in Lisbon

The director of MAC, Álvaro Lobato de Faria gave a conference on the artistic work of the Portuguese sculptor João Duarte, at the opening of the artist’s exhibition, at Galeria do Sindicato dos Professores, in Lisbon, 6th october 2014. “João Duarte, sculptor of great national and international prestige, shows us, once again, his creative universe that highlights his great ability and the talent of a master of forms, which takes material form in the sculptural “Mater Goddesses”. He recreates them within a unique climate with the critical sensitivity and technical purity of one who not only creates art, but he himself is art. The art of living, of seeing the world and transmitting it in his sculptures, as a guide to a way of thinking.” (Álvaro Lobato de Faria) Recently, João Duarte received the MSS Medal of Honor Medalist Honoris Causa for special merits in the area of medalistics, at “FIDEM Art XXXIII World Congress 2014″, held in Sofia, Bulgaria. The sculptor João Duarte is represented by the MAC Gallery – Contemporary Art Movement Lisbon and may be described as an owner of a line of work in the area of medalistics widely recognized at national and international level, centers his work on a constant search for new ways and forms of drawing the attention of the eye to the medal. Therefore, his works show great originality from the point of view of the form and materials used, for which he has received international recognition throughout his career and important awards in this artistic field […]

Oct 182014
 
“I belong to myself” exhibition by painter Martinho Dias

Martinho Dias opens new individual exhibition, entitled “I belong to myself / Pertenço-me” at    MAC Gallery in Lisbon. Inauguration: November 1st, 2014 at 16:30 p.m. The exhibition will remain on display until November 28th 2014. “In “I belong to myself”, the exhibition that MAC- Movement for Contemporary Art will host, Martinho Dias shows us his constantly evolution, his restless search, the uneasy quality of his poetry, which turns each and every moment into an unpredictable reincarnation, a new conquest, a constant enrichment”. (Álvaro Lobato de Faria, dir. MAC) More info: Facebook

Oct 172014
 
Paulo Canilhas' Mind the Gap exhibition at MAC

Mind the Gap exhibition, by artist Paulo Canilhas, opens on October 25th, 2014 at 16:30 p.m. at   MAC Gallery in Lisbon  and will remain on display until  November 20th 2014. “In the exhibition “Mind the Gap”,  Paulo Canilhas once again turns to his inner experiences and through them makes his works communicate. In his 2014 works, we can recognize the technical and artistic lines of a recent past and also enjoy  new languages  and ways of giving expression to the cold matter which is aluminum.”  (Álvaro Lobato de Faria, dir.   MAC Gallery) More info:  MAC Gallery

Sep 112014
 
Portuguese painter Antonio Carmo opens new exhibition in Lisbon

The exhibition, entitled Poetic Encounter, opens in Aljustrel, september 12th 2014 and will be followed by a conversation with the artist, hosted by Álvaro Lobato de Faria, dir. MAC Lisbon. António Carmo was born in 1949. He studied Paintig at the School of Decorative Arts Arroio António in Lisbon. Portuguese traditions and ethnographic themes are always present in the works of this painter, born in Madragoa, in full Old Lisbon. In forty years of career was also devoted to the illustration of articles in newspapers and books of Portuguese authors. It is currently exclusive artist of Japan Arts Bank and Galerie Albert I in Brussels. Throughout a forty-five year career, António Carmo has “been an uncompromising investigator of the truths and interior freedom, always changing – while remaining essentially true to himself (…) His art shows a close relationship with the body, with the body of things (…) António Carmo traces the outline, performs the movement, embodies the idea in a single pictorial imagination “as Álvaro Lobato Faria writes in the brochure of the exhibition. The exhibition will remain open until October 4th 2014.

Jan 232014
 
Graciete Rosa Rosa presents "Interior rites of magic intensity" at MAC Lisbon

 Opening day: February 4, 2014 at 18:30 at MAC – Av Alvares Cabral, 58-60  Lisbon.   “Marked by the musicality that the stroke exerts on the canvas, her work is heavily influenced by a metaphorical symbolism implied by  the dematerialization of the shapes which nulify the sheer dimension of the matter and give us a sublimation of the most intimate aspects of the work that painter has to offer. ” (Álvaro Lobato de Faria)

Oct 242013
 
Texto de introducción de la exposición: Arte y Problemas de Salud Mental

REVISTA NIRAM ART – MADRID Texto de introducción  en el marco de la inauguración de la exposición: Arte y Problemas de Salud Mental Curador: Dr. Álvaro Lobato de Faria – Director Coordenador do MAC – Movimento Arte Contemporânea   Num universo povoado e multiplicado por um sem número de sensibilidades e razões, resultantes estas de vários sistemas de estrutura gregária é-nos dada a consciência da existência de uma actividade humana a que chamamos ARTE. Como diz Dino Fromaggio: “Arte é tudo aquilo que os homens dizem que é arte” podemos então assim admitir que qualquer forma de expressão plástica é Arte, independentemente da sua categorização ou do seu patamar de explicitação ou catarse. No entanto, toda a expressão plástica tem por detrás de si uma forte necessidade de comunicação. É uma linguagem” permissiva” que abarca toda a possibilidade de comunicação, mesmo de diálogo interior. Ainda que esse mesmo não seja intencional e consciente de mim para o “outro” ou para “eu” próprio. A abrangência da arte é global e presta-se a várias definições e aquisições para o seu “campo”, havendo uma confusão de conceitos através dos tempos, a partir dos quais os académicos e estudiosos tentam estruturar e circunscrever aos objectos em acto que podem e devem figurar no campo da Arte. Actualmente, configuramos no campo artístico as pinturas pré-históricas das quais muitos significados ainda desconhecemos. Porém, essas “obras” contêm já os elementos plásticos que serviram a Kandinsky para a sua teoria e defesa da Arte Abstrata. A diferença temporal e os vários patamares civilizacionais […]

Oct 242013
 
Ponencia Arte y Problemas de Salud Mental

REVISTA NIRAM ART – MADRID Ponencia presentada en el marco de la inauguración de la exposición: Arte y Problemas de Salud Mental Curador: Dr. Álvaro Lobato de Faria – Director Coordenador do MAC – Movimento Arte Contemporânea A defesa e promoção de actividades relacionadas com a utilização de recursos artísticos nos serviços de saúde mental encontra-se, desde longa data, em consonância com uma das directrizes fundacionais do MAC – Movimento Arte Contemporânea, que se traduz na utilização do processo criativo como exercício subjectivo para o encorajamento e construção de novas éticas e estéticas de existência. Enquanto Director-Coordenador desta instituição de promoção cultural, foi com enorme prazer que abracei este projecto a convite do Dr. Álvaro Andrade de Carvalho, Director do Programa Nacional para a Saúde Mental, que desde já saúdo por mais esta iniciativa que visa, acima de tudo, a “defesa do direito à livre expressão artística”, permitindo-se questionar, e até mesmo romper, com as visões estigmatizadas das pessoas com doença mental, fomentando a sua inclusão e autonomia. Contrariando o modelo baseado no alienismo e no enclausuramento das pessoas com doença mental, a valorização das competências artísticas dos portadores destas doenças que tem vindo a ser efectuada pelo Programa Nacional para a Saúde Mental, e que envolve a luta e a dedicação de muitos intervenientes, evolui pelo esforço comum de humanizar os tratamentos e pela defesa de um conceito de saúde como direito humano fundamental, que ultrapassa a ideia simplista da ausência de doenças, afirmando-se antes como componente primordial da qualidade de vida, da qual […]

Oct 242013
 
Salud mental y exposición de arte – Lisboa

En el contexto de las iniciativas culturales para combatir el estigma, la El Programa Nacional Portugués de Salud Mental promueve la exposición de obras de arte realizadas por personas con enfermedad mental en las áreas de pintura, escultura y fotografía. La exposición es comisariada por Álvaro Lobato de Faria, Director Coordinador del Movimiento de Arte Contemporáneo MAC – Lisboa.   SALUD MENTAL Y EXPOSICIÓN DE ARTE – LISBOA La muestra que hace parte de una base nacional más amplia, fijada ahora  en un catálogo, comenzó a ser expuesta en Oporto,  en conmemoración del Día Mundial de la Salud Mental / 2013 en el Museo Nacional de Soares dos Reis, y  va a tener continuidad en el Museo de Oriente de Lisboa. La inauguración de la exposición será presidida por el Ministro de Salud de Portugal, Don Paulo Macedo, el Jueves 24 de octubre a las 18:30 horas, y la exposición quedará abierta  hasta el 3 de noviembre. Viajes en grupo tienen entrada gratuita, si se reserva previamente a través del museo.

Oct 142013
 
Mental Health and Art, collective exhibition in Lisbon

In the framework of cultural activities to fight the stigma of mental illness, the Portuguese National Program of Mental Health promotes a collective exhibition of art works made by people with mental illnesses, in the areas of  Painting, Sculpture and Photography, curated by Álvaro Lobato de Faria, Coord. Director MAC – Movimento Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon. The opening of the exhibition will be presided by the Minister of Health of Portugal, Mr. Paulo Macedo,  on the 24th of October,  and will remain open until the 3rd of November, at the Museu Oriente, Lisbon.   Address: Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis de 10 – 20 october 2013, and at  the Museu Oriente  24th  October – 4th November 2013 More Info: MAC LISBON