Manuel Cargaleirohas been one of the main figures in Portuguese art since the middle of the last century.His works can be found in several places around the world, having a public work in Portugal at the military college station but also in Paris. In Italy, it nurtured a special connection to the Italian city of Vietri Sul Mare, currently home to the Fondazione Museo Artistico IndustrialeManuel Cargaleiro. He continues to work hard, still in Paris. Discover the spaces in Portugal with works by the master of lyrical abstractionism in this article.
Cargaleiro Museum in Castelo Branco
The Museum consists of two adjacent buildings – the historic building called "Solar dos Cavaleiros", a small palace built in the 18th century and a contemporary building from the 21st century. Its location is privileged as it is in the heart of the historic area of Castelo Branco, close to Praça Camões, also known as "Praça Velha". Through its Collection, temporary exhibitions, educational programs and the Library, the Museum promotes the enjoyment and understanding of contemporary art and culture. The presentation to diverse audiences of the work of the most renowned artists of our days, the strengthening of ties with the local community, are activities inherent to the Museum's mission.
The Cargaleiro Museum opened to the public on September 9, 2005, occupying the historic building "Solar dos Cavaleiros", with the exhibition Cargaleiro - 60 years celebrating color. On June 10, 2011, within the scope of the Commemorations of the Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities, the honorable President of the Republic, Professor Aníbal Cavaco Silva, was inaugurated the new contemporary building, expanding the knowledge of the estate, with the exhibition entitledManuel Cargaleiro- Life and Work, which presents various expository themes. In March 2017, the exhibition commemorating the 90th anniversary ofManuel Cargaleiro- Freighter and Friends. In June 2021 the exhibition opensManuel CargaleiroA Designed Life can be seen on the first and second floors of the Contemporary Building.
Manuel Cargaleirowas a Gulbenkian grantee, and this institution currently has works by the Portuguese artist. Since 1955, the Foundation has been committed to helping people from all over the world to achieve their dreams. Paris has played a prominent role in the lives of Portuguese artists, musicians and intellectuals over time. The Gulbenkian Foundation gave the opportunity toManuel Cargaleirobuild a unique story, due to the scholarship granted to him. In 1958, he became one of the first grantees of the "Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian", with an internship at the "Faïencerie de Gien", under the guidance of Roger Bernard. Participates in the "XVI Concorso nazionale della ceramics: Faenza no Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza" (MIC). In an attitude of altruism, which he is very grateful for,Manuel Cargaleirooffers pieces of popular ceramics, two panels and a vase of his own for the reconstruction of the Portuguese section of the MIC, which was badly damaged during World War II.Manuel Cargaleiroparticipates in the "III Plastic Arts Exhibition", at Convento dos Capuchos, in Almada. In 1959,Manuel Cargaleiroacquires a studio at 19 Rue des Grands-Augustins, in Paris, where he takes up residence. That same year, he participated in a group exhibition, with Camille Bryen, Jean Arp and Max Ernst, at the "Galerie Edouard Loeb", in Paris. Participates in the exhibition "Céramiques Contemporaines", at the "Musée des Beaux-Arts" in Ostend, Belgium. Exhibits "Ceramics ofManuel Cargaleiro" at "Galeria Diário de Notícias", in Lisbon.
In the following decades, he participated in numerous individual and group exhibitions in several countries, namely France, Brazil, Japan, Germany, Italy, Angola, Mozambique, Spain, Venezuela, Switzerland and Belgium. The lyrical expressiveness of the work ofManuel Cargaleiromotivated the collaboration with poets, namely Armand Guibert, Édouard Roditi and Victor Ferreira, which resulted in numerous unique publications. In 1974 he publishes a medal by the sculptor Lagoa Henriques to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the artistic activity ofManuel Cargaleiro. That same year the "Jornal do Fundão" pays tribute to three artists from Beira Baixa: Eugénio de Andrade, José Cardoso Pires andManuel Cargaleiro. In 1980, the highlights were the exhibitions at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, at the "Portuguese Cultural Center of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation", in Paris, and at the "Maison de la Culture - André Malraux", in Reims.Manuel Cargaleiroparticipates in the "Primer Encuentro - Taller Creativo de Artistas de América Latina, España y Portugal", which took place in Jerusalem - Israel, between March 19 and 28, 1985, promoted by the "Instituto Central de Relaciones Culturales Israel - Ibeoramérica, España y Portugal". In 1984, his name was given to the Secondary SchoolManuel Cargaleirolocated in Fogueteiro, parish of Amora, municipality of Seixal. In 1995, he executed tile panels in several public places in Portugal, as well as for the metro station "Champs-Élysées - Clemenceau", in Paris. In 1999, he was awarded the first prize of the international competition “Viaggio attraverso la Ceramica”, in Vietri sul Mare, in the province of Salerno, placing him as a great artistic reference in Italy having, in 2004, inaugurated the "Museo Artistico Industriale di CeramicaManuel Cargaleiro", which in 2015 settles in Ravello, as "Fondazione MuseoManuel Cargaleiro". In the following year, the "Cargaleiro Museum" is inaugurated, resulting from the partnership between theManuel Cargaleiroand the Castelo Branco City Council, which in 2011 was expanded to house and exhibit the entire Foundation CollectionManuel Cargaleiro. In 2007, on the occasion of the 80th anniversary ofManuel Cargaleiroand 60 years of his artistic activity, a tribute is paid to MestreManuel Cargaleirowith the opening of the exhibition "Manuel Cargaleiro, Seven proposals for architecture”, at the Museu Nacional do Azulejo, in Lisbon.
Galeria de Santiago opened its doors in Almada, in the late 1980s, with the aim of decentralizing art and increasing the cultural offer in the county. Along the way, it has individual and group exhibitions by artists such asManuel Cargaleiro, Vieira da Silva, Arpad Szenes,Augusto Barros, Justino Alves, Rico Sequeira, Guilherme Parente, Paulo Ossiãoand Maria Jose Camões.
Arts WorkshopManuel Cargaleiro
The Arts WorkshopManuel Cargaleirobrings together the work of the master and the architectSiza Vieira, but also wants to motivate the creation of new artists. the works ofManuel Cargaleiroaims to bring the memory of the tile to new generations. Through workshops for children, temporary exhibitions or experimental teaching, one of the objectives is to create "a line of affirmation of the Portuguese tile tradition".In an interview with the publicManuel Cargaleirostated: “This is municipal, it is an arts center. It was meant to be a pole of the foundation, but it was better to keep this status. It is the chamber that manages it, and I am connected to Seixal by family relationship. I really like this land, and Almada. But I'm also happy to be in Castelo Branco. And I’ll tell you more: today is really the place in Portugal where I like to have my museum and my foundation.”