The Fantastic in Contemporary Portuguese Art

In February 1986, 'The Fantastic in Contemporary Portuguese Art' opened in CAM's Temporary Exhibitions Gallery. While the CAM is currently closed, each month we invite you to revisit an exhibition from the past.
03 feb 2022

In February 1986, in the context of a colloquium of the same name to take place between 27 February and 1 March of that year, the exhibition ‘The Fantastic in Contemporary Portuguese Art’ was inaugurated at CAM. Curated by Rui Mário Gonçalves, this exhibition was part of a series of initiatives proposed by Maria Alzira Seixo and carried out by the Foundation through CAM and the ACARTE Department.


Mário Cesariny, 'Pintura lacerada II', 1970. Inv. 81P839
Mário Cesariny, Untitled, 1972. Inv. 81P857


The exhibition featured around 60 works of various types, from painting to sculpture, drawing and prints, that explored the sometimes vague, complex and controversial concept of the fantastic. The exhibition was accompanied by a catalogue with texts by Rui Mário Gonçalves and Madalena Azeredo Perdigão.


António Areal, Untitled, (1957-58). Inv. DP437
António Areal, 'Homenagem a Fernão Mendes Pinto', c.1957-1958. Inv. DP444


Twenty-seven of the works exhibited were part of the CAM Collection. Seventeen artists with connections to this theme were represented: António Areal, António Pedro, Artur Cruzeiro Seixas, Bartolomeu Cid dos Santos, Emília Nadal, Fernando de Azevedo, Jaime Fernandes, João Abel Manta, João Navarro Hogan, José Dominguez Alvarez, Luís Noronha da Costa, Marcelino Vespeira, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Mário Cesariny, Mário Eloy, Martha Telles and Paula Rego.



A complementary programme of activities was designed at the same time, including a musical performance, ballet, film and animation sessions, a concert and, finally, the colloquium, coordinated by Maria Alzira Seixo and chaired by Fernando de Azevedo, Charles Grivel, Rui Mário Gonçalves, Magdalena Wandzioch, Louis Marin and José Blanc de Portugal.

História das Exposições

On the digital catalogue you can explore the 1343 exhibitions held by the Foundation between 1957 and 2016.

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