Museu de Arte Popular, Lisbon

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  • This was one of the most disappointing museums I have been too especially considering I went out of my way in 30c to get to it, should have checked the website, doh! The main exhibition was of...  more »
  • If identical pieces of embroidery in plastic bowlsonthe floor with thesound of running water grills your prawns, then this gallery is for you. Me? I just found the whole place weird, lacking in...  more »
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  • We loved. Much better then we expected. It is a FREE museum that tell about each region in Portugal. They show the culture, behavior. I was very surprised how huge and complete the place was. I would definitely come back and recommend to everybody.
  • The Museum of Popular Art is a strange building because it was part of the 1940 Exposição do Mundo Português (Portuguese World Expo), a propagandist event showcasing Portuguese dominance in the world. There’s a mock-up in one of the rooms of how the expo grounds looked. For Portuguese, and Lisboans in particular, talking about the Salazar-headed dictatorship (1933-1974) is tricky. Most people want to forget about it and move on with their lives, but the fact is it happened, and people have to acknowledge it happened, otherwise History could repeat itself. The building housing the museum is from “those days” and so is treated with a certain ambivalence by the older crowd. However, the younger generation at this museum were so enthusiastic about the art on display - a touring MC Escher exhibition - that I felt revitalised. They all spoke excellent English and were a credit to the Portuguese education system. Escher was an amazing drawer and his early pictures of holidays in southern Italy were so well executed that I wanted to visit those places the following day. The small Calabrian villages were depicted nestling amongst giant stones and slabs of rock. All Escher’s famous works bending reality were there and I spent ages in the gift shop working out what I could fit into my suitcase.

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