Raw Material (from the Collection series)
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 edited by André Tavares, gathers 40 projects from the wide scope of Álvaro Siza’s archive and demonstrates how, in addition to drawings and plans, the correspondence with clientes, regulatory paperwork, reports from constructors, photographs of the sites, etc., iluminate the architects’ approach. All the paper ephemera – sketches, technical drawings, plans, notes, letters – is reproduced on a grey background, making a clear distinction of this section of the book.