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Presentation

This project explores the possibility of a critical revision of early modernism’s prevailing definition – its stylistic focus, its formalista and anti-representative bias, as well as its autonomic assumptions; or, as far as architecture is concerned, its functionalist credo – through the hypothesis that southern European modernisms were committed to their entrenchment in popular culture (folk art and vernacular architecture) in a way that anticipates some of the premises of what would later become known as critical regionalism (Feivre e Tzonis, Frampton).

It is our purpose to explore a research path that parallels key claims on modernism’s intertwinement with bourgeois society and mass culture (Clark, Crow), by way of questioning the idea that there is but one kind of aesthetically significant regionalism – the kind that resists to the colonization of international styles and is supported by critical awareness –, and that it occurred in the kind that resists to the colonization of international styles and is supported by critical awareness –, and that it occurred in the context of postmodernist architecture.

This research project is set up on the basis of case studies drew from Spanish (specially Catalans), Italian and Greek contexts, even though Portuguese modernism of the 1st 3  decades of the 20th century is the centerpiece for questioning the initial hypothesis.

Background

SOUTHERN MODERNISMS
EXPL/CPC-HAT/0191/2013

Principal Investigator
Joana Cunha Leal

Proposing Institution
Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas (FCSH-UNL)

Participant Institution
Cooperativa de Ensino Superior Artístico do Porto (CESAP)

Research Units
Instituto de História da Arte (IHA/FCSH-UNL)
Centre de Recerca Polis – Universitat de Barcelona (CERPOLIS/UB)
Centro de Estudos Arnaldo Araújo (CEAA/ESAP-CESAP)

Consultants
Ana Tostões – Chair of DOCOMOMO International
Mèrce Vidal i Jansá – GRACMON (Grup de Recerca en Història de l’Art i del Disseny Contemporani),Universitat de Barcelona
Michelangelo Sabatino – Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, University of Houston
Nikos Daskalothanassis – Athens School of Fine Arts
Raquel Henriques da Silva – Instituto de História da Arte, FCSH-UNL

Funding
Projecto co-financiado pela Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia I.P. (€ 37.296,00)

Team

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Joana Cunha Leal

RESEARCHERS

Alexandra Cardoso
Alexandra Trevisan
Antóni Remesar
Maria Helena Maia
Mariana Pinto dos Santos
Silvia Vieira de Almeida

RESEARCH FELLOWS
Begoña Farre
Joana Couto

Activities

H3 Seminar

 

 

 

H1 Conference

 

 

 

CALL

1 Research Grant – Final ranking list of candidates
Final ranking list on the for the call for 1 Research Grant under the R & D South Modernisms (EXPL/CPC-HAT/0191/2013), funded by the FCT [Foundation for Science and Technology].
Call for research grant
Final ranking list

Conference papers

2014

Building a north-south axis. Local and international avant-garde strategies in Portugal and Spain
Joana Cunha Leal
Utopia: Fourth Bi-annual conference of the European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism StudiesUniversity of Helsinki, 29-31 August, 2014

The Ernesto de Sousa case. Building a Portuguese avant-garde
Mariana Pinto dos Santos
Utopia: Fourth Bi-annual conference of the European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism StudiesUniversity of Helsinki, 29-31 August, 2014

As “sete cabeças” do modernismo
Joana Cunha Leal & Mariana Pinto dos Santos
Arte, Crítica, Política | Colóquio 2014. Lisboa: FSCH-UNL, 19-20 de Junho, 2014

Portugueses in CIAM X
Maria Helena Maia & Alexandra Cardoso
International Conference 20th Century New Towns. Archetypes and Uncertainties. Porto: Departamento de Arquitectura e Centro de Estudos Arnaldo Araújo da ESAP, May 22-24, 2014

Raul Lino segundo Pedro Vieira de Almeida
Maria Helena Maia
Colóquio Nacional Raul Lino em Sintra, organizado pelo organizada pelo IADE Instituto de Arte, Design e Empresa – Universitário. Sintra, Palácio de Seteais, 3 e 4 de Abril de 2014

Published Research

2014

Joana Cunha Leal
Sintomas de ‘regionalismo crítico”: sobre o “decorativismo” na pintura de Amadeo de Souza Cardoso 
Arbor 190 (766), 2014
a113. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3989/arbor.2014.766n2005.

Maria Helena Maia & Alexandra Cardoso
Portugueses in CIAM X
in 20th Century New Towns. Archetypes and Uncertainties. Conference Proceedings.(Porto: 22-24 May 2014). Porto: Departamento de Arquitectura e Centro de Estudos Arnaldo Araújo da ESAP, 2014, p. 193-213

Maria Helena Maia
Raul Lino segundo Pedro Vieira de Almeida
Colóquio Nacional Raul Lino em Sintra. Actas do I Ciclo de Conferências (Sintra: Palácio de Seteais, 3-4 Abril 2014). Sintra: Castelo do Amor, 2014, p. 67-80