While in Lisbon last month, MovingCities went on a drive to the nearby coastal town of Cascais. This with the purpose to visit the already much published Casa das Histórias Paula Rego [via ArchDaily, MIMOA, dezeen, wallpaper, Fernando Guerra, publico or blueprint] by the Pritzker-Prized Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura.
The Casa das Histórias Paula Rego [Paula Rego Museum] is one of the most intruiging small museums we have seen over the last few years. We were particularly impressed by the solid formal composition, the diverse internal sequence of exhibition spaces and the keen eye for detail. The museum’s website has a good set of drawings by Eduardo Souto de Moura and more photographs of the building itself.
The aformentioned article in Blueprint has following background to Paula Rego and the museum:
In the 1930s Paula Rego grew up here and attended the English-speaking school St Julian’s. She spent her teenage years in Estoril, until, with the encouragement of her father, who wanted to keep her away from the dictatorship of Salazar, at the age of 17 she came to London to study at the Slade School of Art. In 2005 representatives of Cascais contacted her to ask if she would consider helping to establish a museum dedicated to her work. […] Rego is a heroic figure in Portugal. She is the country’s best-known artist, but she also has a public profile after speaking out about politics and in particular the role of women in Portuguese society. […] At the Casa das Historias (literally House of Stories), the galleries tell the story of Rego’s own life and work, beginning with her early collages, her ‘drawn’ paintings on large canvases, the Opera series, and the etchings of Portuguese and English fairy tales. […] Inside, the architecture is muted and restrained, or as Justino puts it, ‘the building ceases to exist’. The colour and materials remain the same throughout: chalky grey walls that seem to echo the chalkiness of Rego’s own pastel drawings; and a dark grey Bluestone marble, full of imperfectionsand fossils, which is quarried locally in Cascais. Rego was involved in decisions about all these materials: Souto deMoura Architects would present samples and colours for discussion.
Pictures by movingcities.org