Álvaro Siza: In/discipline reveals his healthy disquiet and the defiance of his creative method which, forged among different learnings, cultures, geographies, works and authors, has sustained for over six decades a permanent questioning of architecture, based simultaneously on what is inside and outside the discipline.

This confessional note – written one day by Álvaro Siza on the inside flap of one of his A5-format sketchbooks – served as a basis for this exhibition celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Serralves Contemporary Art Museum.

Based on 30 projects carried out between 1954 and 2019 (regardless of whether they were ever built), the exhibition follows Álvaro Siza’s trajectory, from his education to his full recognition as an artist, through his readings, his sketchbooks and travel journals, his portraits taken by both photographers and friends, the seminal publications where they were published and the personal testimonies from many figures who crossed his path over the years.

The Portuguese architect who has been recognised with the most awards, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize, presents, in this exhibition, his own language, imbued with international modernist references as well as a strong Portuguese building tradition, both of which resulted in Portuguese modernist works.

EDP Foundation is a patron of the exhibition Álvaro Siza: In/discipline, organised by the Serralves Foundation – Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, and includes crucial contributions from its Álvaro Siza Archive, Álvaro Siza Fonds from the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), in Montreal, and the Álvaro Siza Archive at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (FCG), in Lisbon. The exhibition is curated by Nuno Grande and Carles Muro.

12 Sep 2019