Rui Chafes

Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna Colecção Berardo / Palácio Nacional da Pena

Sintra, on the outskirts of Lisbon, is known as a magical place—or at least a place with a romantic atmosphere. Here, Rui Chafes's sculpture was displayed in three quite different spaces: one outside a traditional museum space, the Colecção Berardo, which houses a collection of twentieth-century art; outdoors, as well, at the Parque da Pena, an enormous garden with ponds and man-made grottoes where the sculptures were placed in direct relation to the landscape's natural and artificial elements alike; and, finally, the interior spaces of the Palácio da Pena, created (as was the park) in the second half of the nineteenth century by a prince consort of German origin, married to Maria II of Portugal and an enthusiast of romantic and esoteric ideas. The palace has kept its furnishings and decor, thus creating a highly suggestive atmosphere.

Nearly half of the forty-six works on view were

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