Lisbon and Belem

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.

Image from the Madonna exhibition

Image from the Madonna exhibition

Still from Miguel Soares animation "2048"

Still from Miguel Soares animation "2048"

Inferno exhibition

Inferno exhibition