Cascais still seeking location for planned urban art museum

By TPN/Lusa, in World · 19-01-2020 09:00:00 · 0 Comments

The Portuguese municipality of Cascais, near Lisbon, is still seeking a location for a museum of urban and contemporary art that was first announced in 2017 but for whose opening no date is currently scheduled, the mayor told Lusa.

"The decision was not to move forward with the project” at the location previously announced – around 1,700 square metres located near the marina – the mayor, Carlos Carreiras of the centre-right Social Democratic Party, told Lusa on the sidelines of an event to present events in the municipality planned for 2020. “We will host the works all the same, but it will be elsewhere."

According to Carreiras, several possible locations are being studied for the museum, which is to be a partnership between the municipality and the artist Alexandre Farto (better known as Vhils), including "a plot of land in the centre of Abóboda” – a village in the Cascais parish of São Domingos de Rana; at the Quinta da Alagoa, in Carcavelos; and at the Monastery of Santa Maria do Mar in Sassoeiros, a village in the Carcavelos and Parede parish.

Carreiras also said that there is currently no date set for the museum’s opening.

The Museum of Urban and Contemporary Art of Cascais (MARCC) was initially announced in January 2017, as one of 50 initiatives planned in Cascais that year. At the end of 2017, there was a presentation made at the location that was supposed to host the museum, at which it was announced that the MARCC would open to the public in the spring of 2018.

At the time, it was said that the museum would host a permanent exhibition, for which Vhils donated about 300 works from his personal collection – some by the artist himself and others by artists such as Portugal’s Abel Manta and Nomen, the British artist Banksy, and the US artist Shepard Fairey (known as Obey) – and four temporary exhibitions a year. There was, officials announced, already a schedule of exhibitions for the first year.

At the end of 2018, an official for the municipality told Lusa that the museum would not open until the spring of 2019, citing "bureaucratic problems".

The official told Lusa that these related to "the transfer [of use] of the space from the marina to the municipality, and this delayed the start of [construction] work.”

At the end of 2017, on the sidelines of the presentation on MARCC, Alexandre Farto himself told Lusa that he had long ago had the idea of creating a museum "that would try to create a space beside the whole movement and all the things that happen in street [art] expression."

In addition to a space to show the work of artists, Farto also said that he wanted to see "research [into] and survey of artists and the movement, which runs from 1974 [the date of Portugal’s Revolution] until today, and with this try to encompass all these legal and illegal artistic expressions in the public space and to give them [a place] to have exhibitions and open days with events."

Essentially, he said, the aim was to "have a space to come together and discuss and reflect on the movement and practices in the public space."


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