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Zeitgeist - Firt exhibition online

First online exhibition based on an exercice given to the students of the subject "History and Critical Design II" from FBAUL, taught by Frederico Duarte


André Saraiva's tile mural near Botto Machado garden

MUDE Museum is the promoter of the execution and laying of a large size tile mural with André Saraiva’s signature, near Feira da Ladra (Lisbon’s Flea market) for three main reasons: contribute to the affirmation of national design and creativity through meet ups between designers and companies; contribute to the improvement of public spaces of Lisbon; promotion of traditional Portuguese production sectors.
This initiative also integrates itself in the public art promotion strategy and in the tile research, conservation and promotion program, taken upon by Câmara Municipal de Lisboa (Lisbon’s City Hall).
Initially, the production of this panel resulted of an established agreement between Câmara Municipal de Lisboa (Lisbon’s City Hall) and the Prebuild group, owner of Viúva Lamego (the oldest tile factory in Portugal), on the occasion of André Saraiva’s exhibition at MUDE Museum in 2014.
The Junta de Freguesia de São Vicente (the Parish council of São Vicente) joins this initiative, that will enrich the cultural tourism and play a big part in the requalification of this part of the city by being a unique project and a landmark of national and international public art.
Two other major national companies integrate this partnership: HCI Construções and SECIL, ensuring the placement of the tiles mural as well as the previous treatment and recovering of the wall. We are also counting on the collaboration of a group of painting students from the Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade de Lisboa (Fine Arts Faculty from the University of Lisbon) which will assist André Saraiva.
With about 170 m, total area of 950 m2 and 46000 hand painted tiles, the mural covers the wall of Botto Machado Garden, near Feira da Ladra (Lisbon’s Flea Market) and the National Pantheon. The Botto Machado Garden was planted in 1862, and its designation was given as homage to the diplomat and republican Politian (1865-1924).
The production of the tiles in factory will take place between July and December of 2015, and its placement will begin between January and March 2016 so it can be enjoyed by everyone in June 2016.
André Saraiva’s drawing suggests a “reinterpretation “of the city of Lisbon whilst working with the drawings and colors that distinguish his work. Past and present mix themselves like references from other world capitals where the artist lives and works. The sky and Tagus river are key notes in a drawing where blue and white, characteristic colors of Lisbon, are dominant. We can recognize landmarks of the city of Lisbon like Castelo de S. Jorge, Padrão dos Descobrimentos, Ponte sobre o Tejo, Elevador de Sta. Justa or Campo Pequeno, mixed with Mr. A, rounded head character with a big smile, X shaped eyes and lean linear legs created by André Saraiva in the 90’s that quickly spread itself by the streets of European cities. As almost in a more personal perspective, the author evocates poets and emblematic places.