Seminário de Investigação em Museologia dos Países de Língua Portuguesa e Espanhola, I, 2009
Preservar a memória conservando
Carla Carvalho Tavares e Carlos Mota
AbstractIn 1934, eight paintings of Master Joaquim Lopes embellished the stand of Casa do Douro at the “I Exposição Colonial Portuguesa” – the 1st Portuguese Colonial Exhibition, which took place at the Palácio de Cristal. They were created with the purpose of publicising the Region and this Institution and, presently, they ornament the sleeping walls of Casa do Douro Head Office. Aware of its social role in appreciating and studying the regional assets, the Museu do Douro (MD) developed a project to preserve the history of these nine paintings, and pay homage to the master who created them. This reflection shows a practical example of investigation and scientific intervention of a pictorial collection, aiming the appreciation of its value. We can only value what we know and, by choosing these paintings to be treated by the specialized preservation and restoration services of the MD, we are calling people’s attention towards the work and care they require. On the other hand, by showing the backstage of the museum, we want people to feel closer to it, and feel it more accessible. This is one of the museum’s principles: the integration in the community. The strategy of preservation of Joaquim Lopes’ works involves the softening of causes of instability, degradation or alteration of the paintings; the establishment of mechanisms to protect and reinforce the original materials; and the publicity of the author’s work by setting an exhibition and tutoring the community.
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