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Master Manuel Cargaleiro donates works to Seixal City Council

Artistic assets belonging to master Manuel Cargaleiro were donated to the Seixal City Council. The Work of Art Donation Agreement was signed between the artist and the Municipality of Seixal. There are seven works, with a global value of around 500 thousand euros, which were donated free of charge to the Municipality of Seixal.

«It is an honour for the Municipality of Seixal to receive this donation and be responsible for the custody, security and conservation of these works of art, committing to their incorporation into the municipal art collection», highlights the president of the city council, Paulo Silva, remembering the master’s close connection to the municipality of Seixal.

It is worth remembering that, in Quinta da Fidalga, in the municipality of Seixal, there is the Manuel Cargaleiro Arts Workshop, an architectural project designed by architect Siza Vieira, which aims to promote contemporary art, in particular the work of master Manuel Cargaleiro, as well as the collections of the Manuel Cargaleiro Foundation, through the holding of temporary exhibitions, the development of educational activities within the scope of its programming and the promotion of partnerships with similar organizations.

With the Oficina de Artes Manuel Cargaleiro, the master returned to Seixal and, in particular, to Quinta da Fidalga, a place where he keeps memories and experiences of his childhood and youth when he lived on the south bank due to his father being the administrator of the Almada and Seixal Agricultural Cooperative.

Manuel Cargaleiro was born on March 16, 1927, in Chão das Servas, Vila Velha de Ródão, in the district of Castelo Branco. In 1949, he entered the Escola Superior de Belas Artes de Lisboa and participated in the First Annual Ceramics Exhibition, at Palácio Foz, in Lisbon, where he also held his first solo ceramic exhibition, in 1952.

The year 1954 was a landmark year in Manuel Cargaleiro’s artistic career: he received the Sebastião de Almeida National Ceramics Prize, began teaching Ceramics at the António Arroio School of Decorative Arts and presented his first oil paintings at the First Abstract Art Salon.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Manuel Cargaleiro participated in numerous individual and group exhibitions and during this period he established himself not only as a renowned ceramicist but also as a notable designer and painter. Full national and international recognition of Manuel Cargaleiro’s work occurred in the 1980s.

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