In the year in which the CAM is celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of its opening to the public, which took place on 25 July 1983, its exhibition galleries will be entirely occupied by CAM’s collection, the most significant collection of twentieth-century Portuguese art. The exhibition takes in a century of art, from 1910 to the present, and will also include some major international works.
For the first time, the entirety of the centre’s collection of works by Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso (Manhufe, 1887 - Espinho, 1918), the Portuguese painter whose work heralded the advent of modernism and formed one of the early cornerstones of the CAM collection.
Under the Sign of Amadeo: A Century of Art occupies the entirety of the space available in the CAM’s building but contains only around five per cent of the collection, taking visitors on a voyage through the twentieth century. It is a voyage with pre-defined ports: in the nave, particular attention is paid to the representation of the body in action and to works classified as performance, one of the most disruptive and significant languages to have evolved in the transition between modern art and contemporary art; in the first room, the dialogue between British and Portuguese art, one of the characteristic features of this collection, is presented with a focus on pop art; in gallery 1, we see the outstanding masterpieces of the collection, which offer a summary of the period between the start of the twentieth century and the present day; in the multi-purpose room, the film and video collection can be seen; in the temporary exhibitions room, the stage and the theatrical are presented in the context of modernity.