MUDE – Fashion and Design Museum
“This exhibition presents a perspective on the furniture used in public buildings in Portugal during the forty years under the Estado Novo. It is the result of a research project held in the various archives of Public Works in search around the country of buildings and objects considered significant. (…)
In this exhibition are gathered about a hundred pieces of furniture. Almost without exception, it is the first time they all enter a Museum. Some of these pieces were still in use. The majority, however, was casted away. Many are already unique pieces of what once were numerous sets, now redeemed from the warehouses in which they were placed.
They are displayed in the exact condition in which we found them, without any renewal process. The marks of use, the scars, the improvised remedies make visible materials and construction processes otherwise not obvious. Just as stories of intense life, interaction with users, past or recent.
The three first nuclei of the exhibition show different aesthetic and ideological orientations materialized into furniture projects for specific public buildings:
1. internationalist attraction
2. conservative and authoritarian State
3. with the modern movement
The fourth nucleus – standard furniture – gathers pieces made to meet certain functions, without a single building as destination.”
in MUDE website
João Paulo Martins
Exhibition design + Graphic design
Pedro Ferreira e Rita João (Pedrita) + Nuno Caniça