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José de Guimarães International Arts Centre

Magazine Art + Culture | 14 Sep 2018

There are many different types of special places that delight us for one reason or another or for several reasons simultaneously. Occasionally we do not even exactly know what catches our attention, what we are touched by, but it happens and we become so enthralled that it lasts in our memories and in our thoughts for a long time. In Guimarães we discovered several such places, which we keep as treasures, but now it is time to get to known a distinguished place in particular.
The José de Guimarães International Arts Centre (CIAJG the Arts Centre’s abbreviation initials in Portuguese), a project by Pitágoras Architects office, the project started from the recovery of what was the Municipal Market area in the city of Guimarães, and the venture on a space whose program was dedicated to art and culture. An ultimate temple of Contemporary Art, the Centre houses a permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. The second exhibition cycle of 2018 was dedicated essentially to two acknowledged Portuguese artists: Julião Sarmento, with Leopard in a Cage, which includes projects that have never been exposed before, and Pedro A.H. Paixão, who was challenged to exhibit interacting with the permanent collection of the Centre, through Floating World.
Far beyond a museum, the CIAJG is not limited to History. As Pedro A.H. Paixão tells us, here we can “look at the past as it is, in an open domain”.

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Texto: Inês Mendes
Fotografia: João Morgado; Cátia Fernandes; Inês Mendes


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