The exhibition, inaugurated on June 6, brings together 230 pieces of this reference figure of Portuguese culture that already has 65 years of work dedicated to graphic design, a creative facet of Fernando Lemos, 93, "still little known to the public" , said, at the time of the inauguration, the director of MUDE, Barbara Coutinho.
It was the initiative of the director of MUDE to launch the challenge to Fernando Lemos, when he visited him in São Paulo, Brazil, where he has been living since the 1950s.
Barbara Coutinho discovered "boxes and boxes" of design material at the artist's house, which was analyzed and studied by the curator of the exhibition "Fernando Lemos Designer", the Brazilian university professor and researcher Chico Homem de Melo, and now reveals many unpublished ones.
On the first floor of the West Tower, the visitor finds many of the design works arranged on a kind of white exhibition table, which meanders through the space where a part of the floor has been covered with yellow dust, to create a performance in discovering the exhibit.
With free admission, the exhibition has an expository design by P06 Atelier Nuno Gusmão, and will be displayed at Torreão Poente.
A reference of Portuguese and Brazilian culture, Fernando Lemos continues to be recognized in Portugal for his surrealistic photography, made between 1949 and 1952, and in Brazil for his paintings and abstract drawings.
His work was marked by portraits taken from various figures of Portuguese culture, such as Sophia de Mello Breyner, Jorge de Sena, Adolfo Casais Monteiro, Arpad Szenes, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Mario Cesariny and Jorge de Sena.
Represented in the leading museums of Modern and Contemporary Art in Portugal and Brazil, and in many private collections, his work in photography, painting and drawing has been the subject of individual exhibitions and integrated in numerous group exhibitions.
From his hands were born logos, books (and a children's literature publisher – Giroflé), many illustrations, posters, tiles, murals, tapestries, prints for fabrics, exhibition halls.
Fernando Lemos, born in Portugal in 1926 and based in Brazil, where he traveled to free himself from the dictatorship of Oliveira Salazar in the 1950s, was also a professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of S. Paulo, and president of the first Brazilian Association of Industrial Design.
This exhibition is the revelation of more than six decades of thinking, writing, drawing and creativity in the service of visual communication. It is the result of a vast survey and study by the guest curator, Chico Homem de Melo.