Museum Berardo Arte Deco opens today in Lisbon

B-MAD is a private initiative of the Collections Association, which is officially opened today, for guests only, and will open to the public on Saturday, in an old adapted building, with free admission until the end of May.

The activity begins with an inaugural exhibition curated by Márcio Alves Roiter, founder and president of the Art Déco Brasil Institute, in Rio de Janeiro, and by Emmanuel Bréon, an art specialist from the 1920s and 1930s, and former director of the Musée des Années 30 in Paris.

The collection includes works by contemporary creators, such as Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, Alfred Porteneuve, Jean-Michel Frank, Jacques Adnet, Leleu, Sornay, Dufrêne, Follot, Jallot, Majorelle, Kiss, Lalique, Brant, Puiforcat and Perzel, in components of decorative art, associated with painting, sculpture, drawing, fashion and jewelery, in a showcase of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles.

The exhibition that opens at the new museum also includes planks by August Herborth, works dating from 1920 to 1930, exploring the Marajoara theme, a type of pottery worked by the indigenous tribes that inhabited the Brazilian island of Marajó, at the mouth of the Amazon River, Brazil, during the pre-colonial period from 400 to 1400 AD

This new cultural facility in Lisbon will have a reception and shop space, access to a garden with a terrace, designed in the Deco style, and will work every day, from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, except on December 25th and January 1st, with guided tours only, but the timetable will be conditioned by the restrictions of the pandemic.

The project for the creation of the new museum rehabilitated the former summer residence of the then Marquis of Abrantes, built in the first half of the 18th century, which had as its first residence the Palace of Santos, or the Palace of Abrantes, now the French Embassy in Lisbon.

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