Stories of the Collection VI

Prints (2008)

Dia de sol (1957) by Carlos BotelhoCulturgest - Fundação Caixa Geral de Depósitos

Carlos Botelho

Dia de sol, May 1957 
Three-colour lithograph , (First series) ed. 1/100 + XV AP 
Paper (40 x 52,5 cm) / Print (25 x 37 cm) 
Acquisition 2008/02/29 
Inventory 625825 
© Bruno Cardoso

Spanning the period from 1983 to the present day, Stories of the Collection summarises key moments in the formation of the Caixa Geral de Depósitos (CGD) Collection. Across distinct points and through the presentation of its most important acquisitions, we follow the desires, tastes, policies and circumstances of each specific moment of the collection’s development: The Decorative Collection (1983-89); The Art Collection (1990-97); Diversification (2000-04); Photographs (1991 and 2004); Precision (2004-08 and 2014); Prints (2007); Donations and Bequests (1967-2021); Resuming Acquisitions (2020-21); New Acquisitions: well-known artists (2022); New Acquisitions: mid-career artists (2022); Caixa Contest for Young Artists (2022).

Paisagem, António Areal, 1957, From the collection of: Culturgest - Fundação Caixa Geral de Depósitos
Paisagem, António Areal, 1957, From the collection of: Culturgest - Fundação Caixa Geral de Depósitos
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ANTÓNIO AREAL, Paisagem, july / november 1957, acquisition: 2008/02/29, inventory  625829,  625838, © Bruno Cardoso

In 2008, the CGD Board of Directors, chaired by Fernando Faria de Oliveira, acquired a collection of first editions by Gravura – Sociedade Cooperativa de Gravadores Portugueses (SCGP) from Mr. Manuel Torres. Founded on 20 July 1956 by José Júlio, Conceição Silva, Alice Jorge, Cipriano Dourado and Júlio Pomar, among others, the collective had its first headquarters in Torres' garage in Lisbon. Through the improvement of printing techniques, Gravura proposed to support initiatives that fostered its practice and which democratised and made works of art more accessible.

Paisagem (1957) by João HoganCulturgest - Fundação Caixa Geral de Depósitos

João Hogan

Paisagem, March 1957 
Woodcut, 1-colour print on colour background, ed.1/100 + XV AP 
Paper (52,5 x 40 cm) / Print (34 x 26 cm)
Acquisition 2008/02/2
Inventory 625821
© Bruno Cardoso

Consisting of 644 first prints from 100 or 200-copy runs, this collection was published for distribution to members of the Cooperative. From the first print by Jorge Barradas (in 1956) until 2004, 200 artists participated in this cooperative, including renowned artists such as Almada Negreiros, António Areal, António Sena, Bartolomeu Cid dos Santos, Carlos Botelho, David Almeida, Eduardo Nery, João Hogan, Jorge Martins, Jorge Vieira, José de Guimarães, Milly Possoz and Querubim Lapa.

Abóbada celeste, Eduardo Nery, 1974, From the collection of: Culturgest - Fundação Caixa Geral de Depósitos
Circo solar, Eduardo Nery, 1974, From the collection of: Culturgest - Fundação Caixa Geral de Depósitos
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EDUARDO NERY,  Abóbada celeste Circo solar, april de 1974,  acquisition 2008/02/29, inventory  626188,  626192, © Bruno Cardoso

In 2013, Culturgest organised the travelling exhibition A doce ácida incisão: A Gravura em contexto (1956-2004) [The sweet acidic incision: Printmaking in context (1956-2004)], curated by David Santos and Delfim Sardo. The exhibition opened at the Museu do Neo-Realismo (Vila Franca de Xira: 23.03 - 23.06.2013) before moving to the Museu Grão Vasco (Viseu: 27.5 - 29-6.2014), the Museu do Côa (Vila Nova de Foz Côa: 5.7 - 28.9.2014), and closing at Círculo das Artes Plásticas de Coimbra - Círculo da Sereia (31.10. 2014 - 03.01.2015).

Litografia (1973) by António SenaCulturgest - Fundação Caixa Geral de Depósitos

António Sena

Litografia, April 1973 
Three-colour lithograph, (First series) ed. 1/200 + XXX AP
Paper (56 x 76 cm) / Print (26 x 60,5 cm)
Acquisition 2008/02/29
Inventory 626172
© Bruno Cardoso

This exhibition was part of a strategy to decentralise and disseminate the CGD Collection from 2008 under the Collection's conservator, Isabel Corte-Real, and which would be implemented between 2009 and 2021 through municipal partnerships all over mainland Portugal. In all, eight projects with independent curators from different generations and with different backgrounds and approaches to the Collection (also including Jürgen Bock, Pedro Lapa, Sara Antónia Matos, Bruno Marchand, Sandra Vieira Jürgens, Sérgio Mah e Antonia Gaeta) gave rise to 22 exhibitions organised in collaboration with local teams.

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