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‘art in the periphery’ workshop – 26 March 2015



The next lecture of the ‘art in the periphery’ workshop will be delivered by Inês Fialho Brandão, PhD student at Maynooth University – National University of Ireland since 2012.  She currently researches the Portuguese art market during the Second World War, focusing on the interaction between the State and the refugee communities. Inês studied at the University of Edinburgh and at New York University before embarking on a museum professional career as a curator and as an educator.

The lecture is scheduled for Thursday, March 26, 2015, at 17.45, and will take place at Torre A (room 103, floor 1), at the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Av. de Berna, 26-C).

Portugal in the periphery of Nazi-era provenance research

Between 1940-1945, 50.000 – 100.000 refugees entered Portugal  from mainland Europe. Among them were art dealers, collectors and artists. Simultaneously, important collections were formed and/or substantially enriched in Portugal. These events occurred against the backdrop of the Estado Novo’s enforcement of an events-based cultural policy promoting a national identity anchored to the country’s Christian roots and deeds of the Discoveries, presented in modernist language and aesthetics.

The interactions between these three spheres – refugees, collectors, state – has not been researched. Equally, the role played by Portuguese authorities and cultural institutions in encouraging or limiting the international circulation of artworks, is still to be determined. We will discuss the reasons behind this lack of scrutiny both by academics and museum professionals. The identification and contextualization of biases opens the door for academic attention to Nazi-era provenance research, which the Portuguese government has committed to undertake.


organized by Foteini Vlachou – ‘art in the periphery’ (Instituto de História da Arte, FCSH/UNL)