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Tribute to Manuel Graça Dias on September 10th and 11th at CCB

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The joy, irreverence and enthusiasm of Manuel Graça Dias (1953-2019) animated Portuguese culture and brought architecture to the pages of newspapers and television screens.

Between 1992 and 1996, in four consecutive seasons of programming, Graça Dias interviewed architects, showed buildings, talked about cities, presented works and discussed ideas at a time of great splendor of architecture in Portugal, when Álvaro Siza was already a renowned figure, but the Wheezing was still a ruin.

His documentaries brought architecture into the daily lives of the Portuguese, mixing aluminum frames with Lisbon’s nightlife, the preciousness of the stereotomy of stone with the joy of neon, the problems of traffic with the volume and language of the buildings.

The world has changed, but Graça Dias’ documentaries bring us more than nostalgia for the past, they allow us to understand how language and communication skills are fundamental to transform the image we build of the world.

From the archive of programs rebroadcasted by RTP between 1992 and 1996, Centro Cultural de Belém/Garagem Sul will present 21 episodes, in a continuous session over the 10th and 11th of September, interspersed with presentations and conversations by 7 guests who selected the episodes. The viewing sessions will take place in the Small Auditorium of the CCB, with free entry.

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