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from 23 MAY 2015 to 06 SEP 2015
In 1925, Carlos Alberto Cabral inherited a house with a chapel and gardens at Serralves, a rural hamlet midway between the centre of Porto and Matosinhos. With the constant support of his architect, José Marques da Silva, he engaged in the gradual transformation of the place, hiring Parisian architects and decorators, such as Jacques Émile Ruhlmann, Charles Siclis and Jacques Gréber, who contributed to the design of this singular work completed around 1943.

Serralves Library stores a substantial part of the archive of Carlos Alberto Cabral, including his correspondence with Jacques Émile Ruhlmann, Charles Siclis e Jacques Grebèr, the Parisian architects who helped design Serralves Villa, whose overall design and works were overseen by the Porto-based architect, José Marques da Silva.
By consulting the archive’s documents we can uncover the successive steps associated to the building process of Serralves Villa, including the extent to which the owner influenced the architectural project. Step by step, including drawings, correspondence, photographs and a scale model that demonstrates the different stages of the work, it is possible to acquire direct information about the various challenges, pitfalls and setbacks of this architectural creation.

The exhibition is curated by the archt. André Tavares and is organized by the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art. 

Image: Photo of buildings Quinta do Lordelo, s/d [1920-1930]. Photo: Foto Beleza © Fundação de Serralves, Porto
Related Activities

GUIDED TOUR, 21 JUN, (Sun), 17h00
By André Tavares, Curator of the exhibition

GUIDED TOUR TO THE EXHIBITIONS, 17 JUN (Wed), 19h30-20h30 - Exclusive for Members.
'A Cosmopolitan Realism: The KWY Group in the Serralves Collection’ and ‘The Serralves Villa: The Client as an Architect’
A tour with the curators of the exhibition about working with archives and collections

GUIDED TOUR, 16 AUG (Sun), 12h00
Understanding Architecture Drawings
By Inês Caetano, Museum Educator 

GUIDED TOUR, 05 SEP (Sat), 17h00
By Filomena Cabral, poet and fiction writer, playwright and essayist.
Information: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Filomena Cabral will not attend this visit. The visit will be guided by Inês Caetano, Museum Educator. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

Every weekend the educational service of the Serralves Museum offers a programme of guided visits to exhibitions at the Museum at the following times:
Saturdays: 16h00–17h00 (in english)
Saturdays: 17h00–18h00 (in portuguese)
Sundays: 12h00–13h00 (in portuguese)
These visits are carried out by Educational Service monitors from the Serralves Museum or by guests.

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  • LocationSerralves Library
  • Days 23 MAY 2015 - 06 SEP 2015

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