In 2014, the Serralves Museum began a series of books dedicated to the research and presentation of its collection. These publications are intended as guides to both singular artworks works and representative conceptual and thematic tendencies not only of the institution's collection, but also of Portuguese contemporary art after the 1960s. The collection is defined by a pocket book format, in which the cover shows an image partially hidden by a white strip where the title is placed – only when you open the volume, or unfold the flaps, it becomes possible to read the entire image and text.
The volume "Can the museum be a garden" accompanied the homonymous exhibition, curated by João Ribas, which proposed a reflection on the museum as a place for wandering and wondering, thus selecting works that address the relationship with the concept of landscape or with nature. More than an exhibition catalogue, the book brings together texts by authors from different eras, from Francis Bacon to Charles Darwin, Henry David Thoreau, Siza Vieira or Sophia de Mello Breyner. The layout of these pages resembles that of a novel. The images’ sections follow a more fluid graphic structure, clearly distinct from the previous ones.
Client: Serralves Museum
Format: 148 x 210 mm, paperback