The exhibition presents work exclusively produced in Portugal and England between 1965 and 1975. Some of them are united by a witty divergence from the commonplace put forward by Pop Art. Portuguese artists regularly found inspiration and motivation from abroad, in Paris and in London in particular, which in the 1960's became their Mecca.
Throughout the exhibition, it is clear the emergence of new artistic languages, experienced first-hand in an Anglo-Saxon context. The English influence in Portugal took bolder significance, as a result of many Portuguese artists moving to London. The artists' exhort were a result of the political situation in Portugal and the colonial war which began in 1961 and lingered on until 25 April 1974, the date which marked the end of the conflict and the establishment of democracy in Portugal.
The exhibition features a number of works by English artists which conspicuously deviate from Pop Art – Bernard Cohen, Tom Phillips, Jeremy Moon, Allen Jones, among others –, alongside a larger number of works by Portuguese artists including Teresa Magalhães, Ruy Leitão, Eduardo Batarda, Menez, Nikias Skapinakis, Fátima Vaz, Clara Menéres, João Cutileiro, José de Guimarães, among numerous others.
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