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Modern times

Portuguese Industrial Ceramics between Wars

28 september 2018 to 31 march 2019
running times vary
Museu Nacional do Azulejo
Modern times

It’s the first exhibition held in Portugal entirely devoted to national ceramic industry design in the first half of the 20th century. Exclusively made up of a selection of about four hundred pieces belonging to the AM-JVM private collection, the exhibition seeks to highlight the relationship between Portuguese ceramic production and the international context in the wake of the artistic avant-guard in the early 20th century, focusing on the period between the two Great Wars. With a large sample of manufacturers representing the industry at the time: Fábrica de Sacavém; Hallelujah; Vista Alegre; Massarelos; Lusitânia; Sociedade de Porcelanas de Coimbra, among others; and objects of various types: tableware; lamps; flower pots; boxes and figures; it has to do with a solid set of household items that appeals to the country’s collective memory.

The collection was built over several decades by António Miranda and José Madeira Ventura. With a deep interest in the history of design and applied arts, the collectors dedicated themselves to gathering a collection of pieces demonstrating the circulation of models and contamination among European ceramic production.

From Tuesday to Sunday, from 10h to 18h (last entry 17h30)


Curated by Rita Gomes Ferrão