A couple of weeks ago I posted about the opening of Lisbon’s Berardo Museum. In about 18 months, the city will see the opening of yet another world-class collection. In reality it will be a reopening, since a part of it has already been on display at Lisbon’s “Design Museum.” That museum closed last year and in its upcoming incarnation will be renamed “Design and Fashion Museum,” since it will also include fashion pieces by some of the world’s leading designers. An old palace is currently undergoing a 4,5 million-euro facelift to hold Portuguese businessman Francisco Capelo’s acclaimed collection.In the time leading up to the (re)opening, there will be temporary two-month-long thematic exhibitions in a small space by Saint Anthony Church and the Cathedral. There are only about ten pieces at a time, illustrating a selected theme and different design perspectives.
The first exhibition took place in April and May, and the theme was humor and irony in design. I visited this space back in May and there were some amusing pieces such as a shirt with the iconic Rolling Stones lips (which you can see pictured at GoLisbon’s Design and Fashion Museum page) This time, the fashion pieces were by Jean Paul Goutier, and much more classic. They were part of a group that also consisted of design objects, all falling under the theme of “in the feminine form.” As you can see on this picture, curiously enough, more lips were at the center of this exhibition, but this time in the form of a couch, designed by Studio 65 in 1971 (the colorful lamps pictured are by design icon Phillip Starck).
This current exhibition ends on July 31st, and a new one, with a different theme, is planned for the upcoming two months. This is yet another way to wet your appetite for the grand opening of the museum, when all of these and many other pieces (about 1000 design objects and 1200 fashion pieces) will be on display at MuDe, Lisbon’s Design and Fashion Museum.