24-06-2016 to 25-06-2016
Wow, the last few days have been intense - the excitement before and after the BREXIT vote. On Friday I spent half the day reviewing the reports, videos, comments and speculations on what it will mean for the UK, Ireland and rest of the EU. What a surprise result.
After posting my own thoughts on the outcome (see my previous post), I was back on the art trail, stopping in at Belas-Artes (college of art) where there a was an exhibition called Madonna showing portraits of women with multiple perspectives in each image (see picture below).
Later I went to the opening of the animation video by Miguel Soares in the Galeria Graca Brandao. But I was too early so as I waited outside I was treated to operatic performances coming from the windows of the National Conservatory of Music across the street.
The 15-minute futuristic animation was projected onto a large wall and in the lower gallery there was a series of about 20 stills from the animation blown up to a large size. The video was mesmerising but unfortunately it is not available online yet (hopefully soon on Vimeo).
Today I went out to Belem again. I'd already been in the Jeronimos Monastery and the Berardo Collection Art museum so this time I went to an exhibition at Kanart (a beautifully restored warehouse not far from the Belem Tower, on the other side of the railway tracks. It was the first of a series of exhibitions based on Dante’s poem the “Divine Comedy: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso”. The exhibition guides you through the various levels of the Inferno with pictures, artefacts and small sculptures with a backdrop of music. Very creative and informative (once I got the English notes from Luis Castro the artist who created the work. They didn’t allow photography but here is a link to the website: (use Chrome for this link so it will be translated into English)
Entrance to the exhibition was for the princely sum of €1.
I also photographed the stunning modern architecture of the pharmaceutical building close to Belem Tower.
I'm back in my apartment now and I’ve started reading a short novel by Mark Dawson - “1000 Yards”, it’s a John Milton thriller set in North Korea - a conflict with the secret police.