Curator: Óscar Faria
Cadernos de Escritores (Writers’ Notebooks) is a series of paintings by Álvaro Lapa made between 1975 and 2005, a year before his death. Solved through reading underlines the constant cross-references that the artist promoted between painting and literature, stressing the idiosyncrasy of one of the most important projects in twentieth-century Portuguese art through the tributes that Lapa paid to major authors — Homer, Pessoa, Kafka, William Burroughs and Beckett — over a period of 30 years.
Taking the revolution of 25 April 1974 as its starting point, the chronological exhibition makes references to earlier works or creations related with the 21 names to whom the artist paid tribute in his “notebooks” — the paintings that evoke the hypothetical writers’ notebooks.
The catalogue includes previously unpublished information and iconography and will be a fundamental tool for the study of the work of this artist.