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to Apr 30 | HISTORICAL EXHIBIT | Pedras da Liberdade | FREE

April 8 - April 30


Fun historical fact (from Wikipedia):
Sous les pavés, la plage! (“Under the paving stones, the beach!”), is a slogan from the May 1968 protest movement in France… when the revolutionary students began to build barricades in the streets of major cities by tearing up street pavement stones, they recognized that the stone sets were placed on top of sand.

The statement encapsulated the movement’s views on urbanization and modern society in both a literal and metaphorical form.”

And José Saramago probably liked that. Coincidentally, the José Saramago Foundation reopened its doors this week, and, to celebrate freedom, invites you to visit it for free all month long.

Among its many gems is the exhibit Pedras da Liberdade (“Stones of Freedom”), and here’s how they describe it:
“The stone paving was, in memory of the times, elaborated to create multiple pedestrian or road paths. The stone, over time still, has been one of the elements of revolt, freedom, and emotions. We recall the famous episode of the May 1968 uprising in Paris… The Portuguese artistic sidewalk, in its expression that is both functional and decorative, has not been, in a general way, sufficiently valued as an equity value.
Ernesto Matos, after two decades as a researcher in this artistic form of urban paving, wanted to propose another and risky challenge.
This was one of the formulas, which gave rise to a new look at the Portuguese sidewalk and its intimate stones, stimulating the participants’ creativity. Embedded in these, still in greater demand and to fulfill another objective, the Revolution of April 25, 1974, was marked. Military and popular action would return Freedom and Democracy to the Portuguese people through the streets and their traditional pavements. The Revolution was made on the sidewalk, the sidewalk is, therefore, part of the Revolution, part of us!”

Show up until Apr. 30.



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