With around 150 works by 99 artists, the exhibition also includes several objects from the collection of the Soares dos Reis National Museum, placed in dialogue with artworks from the Treger Saint Silvestre Collection, such as the Reliquary Bust of St. Pantaleon; the death mask of Soares dos Reis, by José Joaquim Teixeira Lopes; Spittoon, by Rafael Bordallo Pinheiro; and the oil Mãe e Filha (Mother and Daughter), by Sarah Afonso; among others.
Started in the 1980s, the Treger Saint Silvestre Collection, in deposite at the Oliva Centre Art, comprises a numerous collection of artworks of Art Brut, being one of the most important and extensive private collections in the world and counting on a large number of recognized authors .
The exhibition Portreto de la Animo is an excerpt from this magnificent collection that brings together a nucleus of works focused on portraits and self-portraits.
The portraits reveal an inner figure, a particularly lively creativity and invention, as can be seen in the works of Aloïse Corbaz, Ted Gordon, James Deed, Edemund Monsiel, Aleksander Lobanov, Alessandra Michelangelo or the Portuguese Jaime Fernandes, among others. Many of them appear to be self-portraits that reclaim an existence that these artists were and felt deprived of.
The exhibition Portreto de la Animo is promoted in partnership with the Municipal Council of São João da Madeira, the Centro de Arte Oliva and the collectors António Saint Silvestre and Richard Treger, with the patronage support of Fundação Millennium bcp and Lusitânia Seguros and the institutional support of the Círculo Dr. José de Figueiredo – Association of Friends of Soares dos Reis National Museum.
It will be open to the public until December 31, 2023.