João Mário Grilo is at the Soares dos Reis National Museum recording a documentary about Aurélia de Souza, using the temporary exhibition Vida e Segredo, dedicated to the Portuguese-Chilean artist, as a backdrop. The exhibition, on show from 24 November 2022 to 21 May, brought together paintings by Aurélia de Souza, her sister Sofia de Souza and other artists who influenced their work in a space that takes us back to the transition from the 19th to the 20th century.
The documentary, which has yet to be released, is part of the activities planned to mark the first centenary of Aurélia de Souza’s death, which took place on 26 May 1922, at the age of 55. The centenary programme includes an evocative programme resulting from a partnership between the MNSR, the University of Porto, the Catholic University, the Art History Institute of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the New University of Lisbon, the Municipality of Porto and the Municipality of Matosinhos. The launch of a catalogue raisonné with a complete survey of the work of one of the most remarkable women on the Portuguese art scene is planned for the near future.