Exhibition: Lisboa, Cidade Triste e Alegre: Arquitectura de um Livro [Lisbon, Sad and Joyful City: Architecture of a Book]
12th April to 16th September 2018, Lisbon Museum - Pimenta Palace, Lisbon, Portugal
DATE: 16/9/2018
“Commissioned by Rita Palla Aragão, this exhibition brings an in-depth look at the most important photography book of the 20th century in Portugal. The work, by the duo of architects Victor Palla (1922-2006) and Costa Martins (1922-1996), was published in 1959 and resulted from a three-year work in which both walked the streets of Lisbon, portraying it and to its inhabitants, thus revealing a hidden city, simultaneously sad and joyful.

Of the six thousand photographs taken, the authors chose about two hundred to integrate the book, to which they added a long and singular index (which explains much of the creative process) and a series of poems that convert the work into a true graphic poem.

A book of worship about Lisbon, it was considered fundamental to dedicate an exhibition to the city that inspired it and to which the authors dedicated this work, which they described in the presentation:
(...) the portrait of human Lisbon and live through its inhabitants - day and night, in its neighborhoods, in the Baixa, in the Tagus - revelation now joyful or sad but always tender and felt, of the life of a city . Perhaps this is why it would be more appropriate to call it a "graphic poem" - even because the arrangement of the images and the composition of the book itself have, in their graffiti, the flow, the alternation of rhythms, the resonances of a poetic work.” In Lisbon Museum website

The exhibition will be open from 12st April to 16th September 2018 at Lisbon Museum - Pimenta Palace, Lisbon, Portugal.

More details: website

About the book: website