Amadeo de Souza Cardoso


On behalf of Amadeo and the historicity of his work, the Museum seeks a path of modernity. Are chained generations of artists, with works and the possible authors, certainly with many gaps that always wished to overcome, but with a conciliatory consistency of the artistic currents with the museological accuracy. Sometimes, when exceeded the chronological order, is given place to the “dialog” with the artworks, the thematic, or is valued space and reinterpretations.

With the legacy of Manuel Monterroso (under study), with works done by Acácio Lino and António Carneiro, are exemplified specific situations of Portuguese Naturalism, that belatedly took place in Portugal and above all, remained and continued.

Acácio Lino should be seen also as a limner of History, on the requirement of reconstitution, the poetic and symbolic background of some of his works as O Grande Desvairo, coinciding with nostalgic formulations of his countryman Teixeira de Pascoaes.

With António Carneiro will be understood, almost with exception, the Portuguese Symbolism, filtered through Paris, the intimate values of the picture, the metaphorical landscape, the vague and undefined design, the gaps and some expressionistic approaches.

Will be around this two painters that the initial core of the Museum will proceed untill the west wing of the second cloister and then increased with the early works of Amadeo until its final placement and layout in the current museum space, now valued with the legacy of Miss Lúcia de Souza-Cardoso.

Amadeo is the main reference of the Museum, which is patron, and the approach to his work makes it into an instrument of a modern pedagogy, with visible pathways from Cubism to abstraction, with the news of Futurism, Expressionism and premonitions of Dada and its nonsenses.

Amadeo was rediscovered in the 50-60 years and is on his behalf that the museum will gather works of winning artists with the Prix Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, among the figurative misconceptions and abstract, feeding the controversy until the challenge of the School of Paris, up to the said death of American and Anglo-Saxon vanguards.