Pancho Guedes: Vitruvius Mozambicanus. Exhibition held at Museu Colecçao Berardo, Centro Cultural de Belem, Lisboa, Portugal, May 18 - August 16, 2009

Guedes, Pedro (2009) Pancho Guedes: Vitruvius Mozambicanus. Exhibition held at Museu Colecçao Berardo, Centro Cultural de Belem, Lisboa, Portugal, May 18 - August 16, 2009. Centro Cultural de Belem, Lisboa, Portugal, Museu Colecção Berardo.

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Author Guedes, Pedro
Title Pancho Guedes: Vitruvius Mozambicanus. Exhibition held at Museu Colecçao Berardo, Centro Cultural de Belem, Lisboa, Portugal, May 18 - August 16, 2009
Formatted title
Pancho Guedes: Vitruvius Mozambicanus. Exhibition held at Museu Colecção Berardo, Centro Cultural de Belem, Lisboa, Portugal, May 18 - August 16, 2009
Place of publication Centro Cultural de Belem, Lisboa, Portugal
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Publisher Museu Colecção Berardo
Publication date 2009
ISBN 9789898239075
9898239077
Total pages 1 Exhibition
Language eng
por
Subject 1201 Architecture
2102 Curatorial and Related Studies
Curated or Produced Substantial Public Exhibition/Event - Exhibition/Event
Formatted Abstract/Summary
In 2008, I was invited as Curatorial Fellow to curate, design, act as commissioning editor, edit and contribute and oversee the design of the catalogue of this retrospective exhibition at the major Cultural Centre in Lisbon, Portugal.

The material in the attached files record how the show was designed and some of the ideas that guided its journey from conversations and sketches to a major exhibition, visited by nearly 50,000 people.

Part – I : Catalogue of the exhibition

Part – II : Designing and curating the exhibition - record of design ideas & process, images of the completed exhibition and records of reviews

Part – III : Appendices – Material related to the exhibition - Material on the two precursor exhibitions is included to show how ideas of display and emphasis have responded to different opportunities unique to each circumstance

My aim as curator and designer was to engage a wider gallery-going public than is normal for architectural exhibitions.

The ambition was to avoid the trap of prioritizing photography as the principal medium through which to represent architecture – In any case, choice was limited by the poor quality of available photographs, many hopelessly degraded through sub-tropical humidity.

Instead the emphasis was shifted to honouring original drawings, elevating their status to works of art on an equal footing to other exhibits in the Art Museum. In this approach, photographs of buildings and manipulated diagrams would support the drawings as confirmation that the projects had been realized and explain the ideas behind it.

The spirit of 'reportage' guided the choice of images, wherever possible, showing the buildings animated by people. To emphasize this, Annett Bourquin was commissioned to photograph Pancho's buildings in their present state in Mozambique - after civil wars, natural disasters and radical changes in cultural context.

Architectural exhibits were enlivened by related sculptures and paintings, sometimes in close association, but also as parallel bodies of work visible across a deep gallery void.

The exhibition was brought to life with natural light, vibrant wall colours and gentle African sounds. The visitor's journey through the galleries was paced by disruptions of scale and emphasis at turning and resting points. Captions and explanations were almost entirely taken from Pancho's own words, extracted from his disparate writings and ongoing tape interviews. These reinforced the spirit of 'reportage' and direct personal and anecdotal narrative.

The large, 300 page catalogue mirrored the exhibition and was organized to follow its spirit and sequence.

This show was the third featuring the work of Pancho Guedes in a series designed by this curator in three countries aimed at widely differing publics. Each exhibition was supported by a publication and responded to unique opportunities offered at each venue.
Keyword Pancho Guedes
Modern Architecture
Team X
African Architecture
Architectural exhibition
Exhibition design
Exhibition curating
Design Lourenço
Marques Mozambique

 
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