This summer has been quite unusual in terms of weather in Lisbon: mild temperatures and unexpected rain, instead of the usual blue sky and sunshine. Despite this, Lisbon is still enjoying being one of the top tourist destination in Europe, with a buzzing city center that it is quickly changing to welcome the increasing number of tourists. We definitely do not wish any drop of rain on your holidays but if that happens we have a tip for a perfect shelter. Until the 10th of September you can visit at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum the exhibition “Post-Pop. Beyond the commonplace.” It will be also worth to visit this museum, its permanent exhibition and to enjoy its beautiful garden hidden not far from the city center.

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

The exhibition focuses on the period between 1965 and 1975 and on the work of English and Portuguese artists. The works displayed take the visitor into a journey through the various social concerns of this historical period: the emancipation of the woman, the sexual revolution, the political engagement. The society was changing and the artists were both part and voice of that movement.

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What is essential to comprehend the relevance of the works and material exhibited is the understanding of the political situation in Portugal during that decade, that was going through the last years of a dictatorship that ended with the Carnation Revolution on the 25th of April 1974. The work of the Portuguese artists was of protest, but it was also a mirror of the change the society was undergoing, despite its closure to the exterior and the censorship imposed.

Considering the importance of the historical and social background in both Portugal and the United Kingdom the curators have given special care to create an exhibition within the exhibition, a sort of in-depth analysis of the main topics of the time explained in their social and political frame.

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Among the various Portugese and British artists on display there are Paula Rego, Eduardo Batarda, José de Guimarães, Teresa Magalhães Ruy Leitão, Michael Perton, Tom Phillips and Allen Jones.