Monday, 25 September 2017

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Modern Art pertaining to the founder's collection - temporary exhibition - The 23rd of September 2017

I am particularly happy to have managed to break a seemingly paralysing routine, one I have allowed to take over me and my cultural needs lately. I finally ventured into Gulbenkian Museum and strolled around several exhibit rooms admiring some of the well know works of Art by painters and sculptors I had already seen before but also getting to know a few I had never heard of.

Franca Cristino da Silva - 1925 bronze sculpture by Leopoldo de Almeida (left). 1945 ceramic head/bust by Jorge Barradas (right).


Virgin with the child - 1920 Patine bronze sculpture by Canto da Maya (left). Bénit soit le fruit de tes entrailles - 1922 bronze sculpture by Canto da Maya (right).

Female street vendors - 1938 Moulded cement reinforced with iron sculpture by Hein Semke. 

Bacchanal (Cathal and the Woodfolk ) - 1914 terracota by Charles Sargeant Jagger .

The other woman from the series "Whatever" - 2003 Acrylic on paper by Bruno Pacheco.


1933 litographs on paper by Jorge Barradas.

Untitled - 1910 Graphite on paper by Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso. Before the bullfight - 1912 oil on canvas by Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso.

Untitled - 1917 oil and collage on canvas and wood  by Amadeo de Souza- Cardoso.

Untitled (Bristol Club) - 1926 oil on canvas by Lino António.

Nude (painting for the British Club) - 1925 oil in canvas by Eduardo Viana.

Tagus view from Santa Catarina belvedere - 1935 oil on canvas by (Paolo) Paulo Ferreira (left).  Homecoming - 1935 oil on canvas by (Paolo) Paulo Ferreira (right).

La petite concierge - 1915 oil on canvas by Francis Smith.

Maternity - 1935 oil on canvas by José de Almada Negreiros.

Family - 1937 oil on canvas by Sarah Affonso.


Mário de Sá Carneiro kidnapping Maria Helena Vieira da Silva - 1972 oil on cardboard glued to canvas (left). Cramped by hunger - 1945 oil on canvas by Marcelino Vespeira (right).

The Bishop (red) - 1981 Oil on canvas by Jorge Pinheiro.


An interesting teaching experience ...

Being with students I hadn't seen nor been with for a while (... more than ten years) was a very interesting experience, not only because apart from having been reminded of certain issues I had long forgotten, I was given the opportunity to see how far these students have gone in regards to the Aviation English and their professional careers.
I must confess the total immersion-type of Refresher courses which are (and might have easily been) hard for us to bear over such a short period of time turned out to be a very impressive and amusing experience, which will almost certainly stay in our memory for some time to come. 


Carlos Oliveira, Maria Augusto, Paulo Andrade, Ricardo,  Frederico, Paulo, Henrique and Hugo (from left to right).


Friday, 22 September 2017

Some of the books I have read lately ...

One of the latest book I have read was The Prison book  club by Ann Walmsley, which I loved.  Structured around a series of book club meetings inside prisons an correctional centres in Canada, it provided me not only with a brief idea as to what the Canadian Correctional system is like but above all changed my overall perception as to the stereotype prisoner, as I read a number of insightful and invaluable comments the inmates conveyed on a wide range of literary works.
"If you expect the best of people they will rise to the occasion." -  extract from The Prison Book Club
Some of the books analysed by those inmates had already been read by me, though I must confess I hadn't come up with many of the brilliant insights they provided. This has in turn led me to wanting to re-read some of those books, as well as buy some of the books I have never read.
Among those analysed books was one I have also recently read and which I fell in love with - A fine balance by Rohinton Misthy, whose writing style I was also drawn to.

"You have to use your failures as stepping stones to success. You have to maintain a fine balance between hope and dispair. In the end it is all a question of balance." -
"The secret of survival is to embrace change and to adapt (...) all things fall and are built again, and those that build them are gay."

They are both absolutely "must-read" for any book lovers .


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Some of the films I have recently watched ...

Gett: the trial of Viviane Amsalem and The salesman are among the most touching films I have watched recently and which I highly recommend to those who haven't yet had the chance to watch them.

The first is a rather tense drama on the rigid religious bureaucratic system regarding divorce in Israel. It takes place inside a courtroom testing one's powerlessness and exhausting patience. The main character's facial expressions and body language regarding what is being said seems to be what I, as viewer got moved by, making me undeniably sympathise with her as I tried to put myself in her shoes and understand what she firmly expected as a court decision. Her performance was outstanding and deserves to be noted.

Apart from the outstanding performances on the part of both the main and secondary characters  The salesman is an inter personal drama and a suspense-like film hinging on what goes on mainly in the characters' display of unspoken feelings and emotions. Asghar Farhadi's subtlety in handling the whole subject theme of relationships throughout the whole film is particularly intelligent. This is undoubtedly a film I will want to watch again.


Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Two of the latest films I have watched ...

I have recently watched two films I felt were rather captivating for completely different reasons, despite the fact that they both focus on life choices. If on one hand Mountains may depart is an intimate drama spanning decades in which the economic growth and the materialism culture in China ultimately affects the bonds of family and tradition with unimaginable repercussions on the life of a mother and her son, The eagle huntress film documentary takes us through the brave and thrilling journey of a teenage girl from a Nomadic family living in Mongolia's Altai mountains, who chooses to master eagle hunting, an art and cultural practice which is traditionally confined to male and their competence.

I'd strongly recommend both and if I don't further expand the "beauty" of each of them it is because I don't want to influence the readers' expectations.