MUDE – Museu de Design e Moda
“The exhibition Rehearsal for an archive rises from a research project coordinated by Maria Helena Souto, supported by the Science and Technology Foundation, co-supported by COMPETE, and developed in partnership with IADE-U, being this another example of the role which MUDE seeks to play in disclosing research and academic studies on design and national productions. Therefore it precedes a work culture, which connects the museum and universities, public institutions and private entities, necessary condition to promote design, creativity and culture.
The exhibition space is designed in order to focus on the written or spoken word of men and women that, in a pioneering way, developed an educational and associative action based on a modern conscience of design practice.Besides featuring original catalogues and major publications, the public may consult their copies, as all the files with the pieces that made up the 1st and 2nd Exhibition of Portuguese Design, held in 1971 and 1973.
This exhibition is also a fair and simple tribute to all and who sought to affirm design as a culture and competitiveness factor, laying the groundwork for its institutionalization and pedagogy or asserted design as a decisive factor in decision-making and improving the development model of our country.
Since it isn’t possible to thank everyone individually, risking any omission, I leave a special word of acknowledgment to Maria Helena Matos for her remarkable role on the assertion of design in Portugal.”
Photo credits: Luisa Ferreira