Listen to her voice, hear it echo through creation.
(Tao Te Ching)
In Visionary Art the vision and creativity
behind remarkable works of art are explored.
Starting with how I experienced it in
Several metro stations in Lisbon are work of art themselves and I noticed art
in many places, also in fine graffiti on walls. Many museums show
great art. From the contemporary art, especially the visionary art of
Nadir Alfonso has touched me. But also art works from artists who sold there
paintings on the street. I also loved the new museum: museu do
oriente: Orient Museum.
A closer look to Nadir Alfonso.
always I have been guided on this spiritual journey. After being a
few days in Lisbon, I felt drawn to Cascais, 40 min by train form
Lisbon. There I found a museum, which contains recent paintings of
Nadir Alfonso. I liked his original art, and the vision, passion and
creativity behind it.
The next morning I just walked into Lisbon without any plan (I like
doing that and see where I am guided to) and I discovered another
museum, with a retrospective collection of Nadir Alfonso.
Again I admired his unique vision, creativity and the continuous
evolvement of his art. Discovering and exploring new avenues the
To give one example of his vision:
The principles of beauty, proportion and order, chosen in the
search for the goal, which is harmony, are tried out in new
directions involving the mastery of the concepts of space and time.
Nadir Alfonso achieved international recognition early on in his
career and currently holds many of his works in museums. His most
famous works are the Cities series, which depict places all around
the world. In 2010, being 90 years old, he is still actively painting.
The real nice thing is that you are allowed to take
photographs in museums, so I can show you his unique art.
Museu do oriente: Orient
Museum. Lisbon in Asia. Asia in Lisbon
Being so many times in Asia during the last 30 years and being
interested in the Gods of Asia, it will not surprise you, that
this Orient Museum has been another highlight. I loved it!
Housed in a former warehouse, Lisbon's Orient Museum is dedicated to
Asian art with a special emphasis on the Portuguese presence in the
East. Opened in 2008, it was the result of 30 million Euros of
investment for the conversion of the building, which maintained the
collection belongs to Portugal's Orient Foundation and includes
Indo-Portuguese pieces, Chinese, Japanese, and Indonesian ceramics,
textiles, furnishings, paintings, and masks.
particularly strong collection is found in the Gods of Asia section,
a selection from the vast Kwok On collection that was donated to the
Orient Foundation, including Hindu and Buddhist pieces.
These examples, clearly show how vision and passion
express themselves as creativity and greatness.
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