The private collection of Acácio Nobre. Homo universalis of the Portugese Avant-Garde | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 25, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0779-7397
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In 1999 ontdekte Patrícia Portela in de kelder van haar grootouders een doos vol teksten en ontwerpen van Acácio Nobre (1869-1968), een homo universalis van de Portugese avant-garde uit het begin van de twintigste eeuw. De man lijkt echter samen met zijn briljante ideeën weggegomd te zijn uit de geschiedenisboeken. Door de archiefstukken van Acácio Nobre samen te stellen, brengt Portela het collectieve geheugen van een natie weer tot leven.In 1999 Patrícia Portela was rummaging in her grandparents' cellar when she discovered a chest with texts and designs belonging to Acácio Nobre (1869-1968), a brilliant Portuguese polymath who was an avant-garde figure in the early 20th century. Despite his numerous papers and letters he has slipped into obscurity. Portela uses a compilation culled from the recovered documents to restore Nobre to Portugal’s collective memory.


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Keyword(s): archive; collective memory; docufiction; Portugese avant-garde
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