“The almanac is the book that (…) draws the lines within which all of life in society is played out” (Eça de Queiroz). From 1880 to 1916, the Jerónimo Martins almanac featured the premium products at the Chiado store and the habits of the Lisbon’s elite.
Auctions are nothing new – even if they never lost the wow factor – and somehow they affect our daily lives on many levels: whenever we turn our lights on, query Google or stream a video, an auction is happening behind the scenes.
Money was around for at least two millennia before the first coins appeared. However, looking at it in tandem with human life down through the ages, you soon see that “all that glitters is not gold”. Territorial conquests, colonial trade and the quest for freedom are just a few of the many stories behind what we today call money.
Called the “Black Angel” of the Polish song, Ewa Demarczyk was one of the most outstanding Polish stage personalities. Her poetry-adapted songs travelled the world’s greatest stages and, though she didn’t leave too many recordings, her hypnotising hum can still be heard on any good radio station.
Regarded as one of the Colombia’s most important conceptualists, Antonio Caro used unconventional forms of art to encourage sociopolitical and cultural reflection. His most famous work (now considered a classic), is the “Colombia” series, a protest against rampant consumerism and globalisation.
Cruzeiro Seixas was one of the most iconic surrealists in Portugal though, in his modest mind, he was just “a man who paints”. The Master’s desire for aesthetic and ideological freedom met in delicate and precise brushstrokes the expression of a philosophy he remained faithful to his entire life.
The history of tropical music in Colombia goes hand in hand with the powerhouse record company Discos Fuentes’, established in 1934 by Antonio Fuentes. Historian Carlos Alfonso Días Martínez evokes the life of this legacy.
Aurélia de Sousa was a renowned painter and and a woman a will who lived through the passage from the 19th to the 20th century. Historian Filipa Lowndes Vicente tells how her ambition took her to Paris and raised her to success.
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