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José de Lemos at Casa do Design

Retrospective dedicated to one of the most important Portuguese illustrators

Drawings, newspapers, magazines and pamphlets are some of the works by José de Lemos featured in the retrospective of one of the geniuses of 20th-century Portuguese illustration, on show since 20 April at Casa do Design.

Organised by esad-idea, in partnership with the municipalities of Matosinhos and Setúbal, the exhibition was presented for the first time as part of the Setúbal Illustration Festival 2020. This exhibition also gave rise to the homonymous publication, co-published by esad-idea and Arranha-Céus.

Curated by the communication designer Jorge Silva, the exhibition presents 52 pieces, including children's books and works in magazines and newspapers, namely the Diário Popular.

José de Lemos (Lisbon, 1910-1995) began his career in the press in 1927. He stood out for his illustrations in fiction texts and in the supplement Acção Infantil. From 1942, he generously illustrated the Diário Popular, especially in the supplements Volta ao Mundo and Sábado Popular. His work in Página Infantil was an exception in children's literature of the time, shocking the public by the absence of moral lessons and elegies to the History of the Fatherland.

José de Lemos was also known for his scathing chronicles, including the famous "Yellow Laughter", that portrayed life in Lisbon during the Salazar dictatorship. José de Lemos died in 1995, four years after the last edition of Diário Popular, the newspaper that was the reason for and legacy of his life.

The inauguration session of the José de Lemos exhibition was attended by the President of the Municipal Assembly, Palmira Macedo, and the Councillor for Culture, Fernando Rocha.

The exhibition is open until 17 September, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 12.30pm, and from 2pm to 5.30pm. On Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, from 3pm to 6pm. Admission is free.


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