The Universalists arrive in Portugal
As from April, the Matosinhos House of Architecture welcomes the exhibition The Universalists. 50 years of Portuguese architecture.
This exhibition opens for the first time in Portugal on 13 April, two years on from its premiere at Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, in Paris. Commissioned by Nuno Grande within the scope of commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation delegation to France, this multimedia exhibition casts a gaze over half a century of Portuguese architectonic thinking and production, spanning both the work of benchmark architects and their upcoming peers, including Fernando Távora, Alberto Pessoa, Ruy d’Athouguia, Manuel Tainha, Pancho Guedes, Nuno Teotónio Pereira, Nuno Portas, Álvaro Siza, Alcino Soutinho, Eduardo Souto de Moura, João Luís Carrilho da Graça, Manuel Graça Dias, Manuel and Francisco Aires Mateus, ARX Portugal, Paulo David, Paula Santos, João Mendes Ribeiro, Cristina Guedes and Francisco Vieira de Campos. The exhibition interweaves materials on fifty different projects – including scale models, technical designs, facsimiles of sketches and drawings by the architects – with photographs, texts and caricatures that reflect the political and social transformations taking place in Portugal over the course of the last half century.