Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso is part of the Orphism exhibition at the Guggenheim

19 de September, 2023

Portuguese artist Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso (1887-1918) will be represented among a hundred works in an exhibition dedicated to Orphism in Paris, which opens next year at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.


“Harmony and Dissonance: Orphism in Paris, 1910-1930” is the title of the exhibition dedicated to the “vibrant abstract art of Orphism”, a movement in French painting that grew out of Cubism and became transnational, with an impact on dance, music and poetry.


The exhibition will show selected works by artists such as Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, Robert Delaunay, Sonia Delaunay, Marcel Duchamp, Mainie Jellett, Frantisek Kupka, Francis Picabia and the synchronists Stanton Macdonald-Wright and Morgan Russell.

Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso lived a short and intense life in Paris, where he made contacts with modernist artists, and returned to Portugal at the beginning of the First World War as a recognised painter in avant-garde circles, dying at the age of 30 from pneumonic flu.

He took part in group exhibitions in Paris, Berlin, New York, Chicago, Boston and London, and even exhibited and sold his work in the United States, being considered, by American art critic Robert Loescher, “one of the best kept secrets of early modern art”.

In 2016, more than 40,000 people visited the exhibition dedicated to Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso at the Soares dos Reis National Museum in Porto (at the image), which later moved to the Chiado Museum in Lisbon, and in the same year, at the Grand Palais in Paris, another exhibition brought together around 250 of the artist’s paintings, drawings and prints.

Robert Delaunay and Sonia Delaunay – a couple of artists who were instrumental in promoting Orphism – lived in Portugal for around a year during the First World War and met Portuguese artists Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso and Almada Negreiros, with whom they became friends.

‘Harmony and Dissonance: Orphism in Paris, 1910-1930’ will be on show at the Guggenheim Museum in New York from 08 November 2024 to 09 March 2025.