Madalena de Azeredo Perdigão (1923-1989): we will take risks

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The exhibition Madalena de Azeredo Perdigão (1923-1989): we will take risks celebrates a central figure in the Portuguese art world of the second half of the 20th century.

Madalena de Azeredo Perdigão (1923-1989) was the director first of the Music Department and later of the Entertainment, Artistic Creation and Education through Art Department (ACARTE) of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. She played a pivotal role in structuring the Foundation’s contribution to the Performing Arts field from the very beginning and her legacy can still be felt to this day.

As the head of the Music Department, she helped introduce structural policies to establish new paradigms in advanced vocational training, internationalization, contemporaneity, and the promotion of heritage.

As the head of ACARTE, she was responsible for major innovations in cultural programming by introducing new critical readings of the art canon, interdisciplinarity, multiculturalism, and cultural mediation strategies.

She played a fundamental role in the Foundation’s direct impact on Portugal’s art world as well as in the reorganization of Art Education in the Ministry of Education and the Portuguese Association of Music Education. She is thus a crucial figure for a better understanding of the arts in Portugal in the second half of the twentieth century and for reflecting on their role in building a democratic society and promoting sustainable development.

The exhibition Madalena de Azeredo Perdigão: we will take risks seeks to document all these aspects of the career and legacy of an exceptional personality in the Portuguese cultural world.



Rui Vieira Nery (b. 1957). He graduated in History from the University of Lisbon (1980) and earned a PhD in Musicology from the University of Texas at Austin (1990). He is an Associate Professor at Nova University Lisbon, a senior researcher at the Institute of Ethnomusicology – Centre for Studies in Music and Dance, and an advisor to the board of trustees of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Deputy Commissioner

Inês Thomas Almeida (b. 1976). PhD in Historical Musicology by the Universidade Nova de Lisboa with the highest classification per unanimity. Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Institute for Literature and Tradition Studies (RELIT-Rom). Guest professor of the PhD Course in Gender Studies of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa in cooperation with the Universidade de Lisboa.

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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