As in previous years, the Associação Portuguesa de Museologia [Portuguese Association of Museology] (APOM) acknowledged several institutions and museological projects that stood out in 2018 in a range of different areas, from temporary exhibitions to communication, restoration, education, investigation or incorporation, among others. The ceremony took place last Friday, 24 May, at the Teatro Miguel Franco, in Leiria, and welcomed representatives of the various projects, from all over the country.
In this year’s edition of the APOM awards, the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum was awarded the ‘Temporary Exhibition Prize’ for the project The Emperor’s Flowers. From Bulb to Carpet, curated by Clara Serra and Teresa Nobre de Carvalho, which was held at the Conversations Space between February and May 2018. This display took as its starting point the analysis of the floral designs of two carpets from Calouste Gulbenkian’s collection, which are indicative of the dialogues established between East and West throughout the 17th century, while also reflecting the global movement of people, books, images and botanical specimens.
The exhibition was accompanied by a publication that includes texts written by both curators and is still available for purchase at the Foundation stores.