Museu Nacional do Teatro , Lisboa
The National Theatre Museum presented this exhibition as part of the celebrations of the centenary of Almada Negreiros’ birth.
Almada Negreiros’ fascination for the arts of the theatre is well know, for during his life he worked in various areas related to the theatre without dedicating himself exclusively to any, as if possessed by a desire for encompassing all the facets of this vast field.
"Theatre is the showcase for all the arts", wrote Almada. None of his scenic interventions demonstrate this so well than the show he put on in 1965, at the bequest of Amélia Rey Colaço, which was conceived based on a play by Gil Vicente, "Auto da Alma". He directed, designed stage sets and costume and even executed some of the stage props himself, as well as most of the costumes.
It was this small but very important collection of costumes and stage props executed for "Auto da Alma", donated to the National Theatre Museum by the collector Jorge Brito, that was then exhibited. Among the items shown, were two stained glass windows and a large crucifix which was entirely manufactured by Almada Negreiros, as well as various stage costumes which were of great theatrical beauty.
07 December 2009