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2014/12/19

Monument to the Discoveries: Exhibition "Architects Are Poets Too" | Cottinelli Telmo 1897-1948

Don´t miss the exhibition "Architects Are Poets Too" in the Monument to the Discoveries, in Belém quarter, Lisbon, until April 6th.

So said Cottinelli Telmo, the creator of the Monument to the Discoveries, insisting that architects should have the right and freedom to assert their subjectivity, elude rationality and circumvent material constraints. His words also sum up the way in which he saw architecture: in communion with all arts and disciplines.

An exceptional creator and a man of many talents, Cottinelli was an unusual combination of intuition and intelligence, culture and sensitivity. A virtuoso draughtsman with an effervescent sense of humour, his enthusiasm was contagious. He was constantly alive to his surroundings, always on the lookout for new experiences and driven by a boundless curiosity. His personality was complex and full of nuances, eschewing a linear path. The same was true of his career, which was punctuated by frequent successes, but also by doubts and hesitation.

With the help of the archives and collections of various public institutions, this exhibition brings together rarely-seen pieces and unpublished material in order to paint a picture of Cottinelli Telmo immersed in his creative process, giving body to his ideas and form to the conjuring of his unstoppable imagination.

Biography
A Creative Life
José Ângelo Cottinelli Telmo (Lisbon, 1897–Cascais, 1948) is a unique figure in 20th century Portuguese culture. His creations continue to influence the country’s imaginative life to this day. In the early 20th century, Lisbon’s cultural scene was small and insular, but it was eager for novelties and change. New media such as the press, film and exhibitions were a source of fascination for young creative people. Cottinelli soon set out to test every new format, and in all of them he became one of the major proponents among the generation that lived through that effervescent period.

As an architect he worked for the Companhia dos Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses (CP, the national rail company) and was a member of state departments, but he also ran his own private studio. He tried his hand at ballet, musical composition, photography and art criticism, and also worked as a journalist and editor. He played a stand-out role in the history of comic book art and film in Portugal. His creations were pioneering and acted as models, opening up the way for others to follow, and instrumental in making these disciplines accessible to the public.

As Cottinelli’s creative work evolved, some compromises certainly had to be made due to the conservative forces that dominated the country. However, he never lost his sense of alertness and lucidity, which led him to oppose the most reactionary, academically retrograde and backward-looking attitudes.

When we think of Cottinelli, we see the image of someone constantly committed to inspiring the creative types whom he gathered together and mentored. And yet, in spite of all this, he also experienced loneliness due the smallness of the artistic world at the time.

Schedule:
07.12.2014 / 28.02.2015 – Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m.06 p.m. (last admission 05.30 p.m.)
01.03.2015 / 06.04.2015 – Everyday – 10 a.m. – p.m. (last admission 06.30 p.m.)

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