Eduardo Lourenço: A Life in Writing

Colloquium to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Eduardo Lourenço

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Eduardo Lourenço wrote that Montaigne “didn’t know who he was and, to find out, decided to write about himself”, converting “the endless amazement of this encounter” with his own existence into a “life in writing”. This connection between personal and universal experience was one of the clear hallmarks of Lourenço the essayist, who was unrivalled in this field in the Portuguese language. This colloquium pays homage to Eduardo Lourenço on the 100th anniversary of his birth, promoting conversations with readers, friends and experts on his work on some of its key themes: the mythical figure of Pessoa, modern poetry, Portugal and the relationship between life and thought.

The exhibition To See is to Be Seen, a series of portraits of Eduardo Lourenço by the photographer Vitorino Coragem, will be presented as part of this colloquium.

Photo © Vitorino Coragem



09:45 / Opening

Guilherme d’Oliveira Martins

10:00 / Introduction

Pedro Sepúlveda

10:15 / Eduardo Lourenço: The Sublime Enchantment of the Unconsidered

Roberto Vecchi


11:30 / The Pessoa Myth

António Feijó
Rita Patrício
Pedro Sepúlveda

Moderator: Richard Zenith


14:30 / Poetry and Modernity

Carlos Mendes de Sousa
Joana Matos Frias

Moderator: Luís Miguel Queirós

15:30 / Portugal

João Dionísio
Margarida Calafate Ribeiro

Moderator: Clara Caldeira


17:00 / Life and Thought

João Tiago Lima
José Carlos de Vasconcelos

Moderator: Isabel Lucas

18:00 / Eduardo Lourenço: The Glimpse of an Instant

Lídia Jorge

19:00 / Closing Concert

Transfigured Night (Verklärte Nacht), Op. 4, Arnold Schönberg (1874–1951)

Gulbenkian Orchestra String Sextet
Maria Balbi – Violin
Miguel Simões – Violin
Alexandra Mendes – Viola
Leonor Braga Santos – Viola
Varoujan Bartikian – Cello
Hugo Paiv – Cello

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation reserves the right to collect and keep records of images, sounds and voice for the diffusion and preservation of the memory of its cultural and artistic activity. For further information, please contact us through the Information Request form.


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