“The Prime Minister’s Official Residence, in the Palacete de São Bento, hosts, every year, a selection of works by contemporary Portuguese artists belonging to a private collection from outside Lisbon. The Arte em São Bento initiative was created in 2017, with the aim of affirming the vitality of national artistic production and its contribution to projecting the image of an innovative and contemporary country. The Official Residence is a space for representation and political sovereignty, where each area has a specific functionality. In this context, art provides the visitor with a different experience from an exhibition in a museum or gallery. The architectural style of the palace and the existing furniture are challenges that curators have been able to respond to, without reducing works of art to a purely decorative function.”
In 2019 curated by Isabel Carlos, works from the Norlinda and José Lima Collection were presented. In the photos, my painting Showall from 2009 (acrylic on canvas, 180x250cm), in the Prime Minister’s Conference Room.
“Arte em São Bento hosted the Serralves Collection (2017), the António Cachola Collection / Elvas Contemporary Art Museum (2018), the Norlinda and José Lima Collection (2019) and the Figueiredo Ribeiro Collection (2020)”