José de Almada Negreiros: Drawing in Motion


Commissioner – Mariana Pinto dos Santos

The MNSR, in collaboration with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, hosts the exhibition JOSÉ DE ALMADA NEGREIROS: DRAWING IN MOTION, which brings together 90 works that highlight the importance of cinematographic language in the visual work of this unique figure of Portuguese modernism.
In this exhibition, several works that were exhibited at the Gulbenkian Foundation, in Lisbon, and new works will be presented. In a large part of Almada’s work, his desire to tell stories with images is clearly visible, many of which contain hints of humor, both in series of drawings and in works integrated into buildings and even tapestries. Fascinated with the possibility of bringing the drawing to life and setting it in motion, Almada had the intention of experimenting with animation several times, but he never made his wish come true.