Exhibition in Vila Franca de Xira revisits the work of the sculptor Jorge Vieira

On September 11, the exhibition “Jorge Vieira: Monument to the Unknown Political Prisoner” opens to the public at the Neo-Realism Museum. Commissioned by Leonor de Oliveira and co-missariat by Paula Loura Batista, the exhibition, which will be open until February 27, 2022, fulfills the prerogative of that Museum, unique in the national panorama, of contributing to the safeguard and dissemination of the neorealist movement, being the culmination of nearly three years of research work.

Dedicated to the sculptor Jorge Vieira (1922 – 1998), a determinant artist in the founding of Portuguese contemporary sculpture, also recognized for his commitment to the anti-fascist struggle during the Estado Novo, the exhibition takes as its starting point his emblematic work “Monument to the Unknown Political Prisoner”, sculptural piece conceived by the author during his participation in the International Sculpture Competition: The Unknown Political Prisoner, organized by the London Institute of Contemporary Art, between 1952 and 1953, an event that brought together leading figures from the international art and museum scene, and that it was the first major artistic competition after World War II.

The exhibition includes works of art, images and documentation, some from the Neo-Realism Museum, shown to the public for the first time, others on loan from institutions and individuals.

Admission to the Neo-Realism Museum is free, in compliance with the rules in force by the General Directorate of Health.

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