Exhibitions
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As the song says “Se fores ao Alentejo, vai, vai, vai, vai, vai…” and Duarte Botelho stayed here...
Passionate about Alentejo, with the support of E.D.I.A. and the Museum of Light Village, presents an individual painting exhibition focusing on themes from the Alentejo architectural heritage, also presenting themes from other parts of the country, including the Autonomous Regions of Wood islands and the Azores.
Having started the painting course at the Higher School of Fine Arts in Lisbon, he later moved to the Department of Architecture where he received a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and graduated in 1978.
With a rigorous treatment of architecture and the use of vibrant chromatic harmonies, it draws attention to the richness of our historical-architectural heritage.
His works have been widely accepted and disseminated internationally, especially through institutional channels aimed at cultural tourism.
He is a member of the National Society of Fine Arts, the Portuguese Society of Authors and the Order of Architects.

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Permanent Thematic Exhibition
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Exhibition focused on the unique recent history of the village of Luz, particularly on the period of the moving motivated by the Alqueva dam.
Objects from the past, of the museum's ethnographic collection and donated by the inhabitants of Luz, representing the ancestral crafts that linked the men to land and its natural resources.
Objects related to rural labor provide the framework to the documentary 'My village no longer lives here', by Catarina Mourão, and to audiovisual documents produced at that time.

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In the year in which the 20th anniversary of the new village of Luz is celebrated, this exhibition represents a commemorative tribute to the old village of Luz, resulting from a persistent and meticulous work by Horácio Guerra who, for years, collected information from various sources until he began to create the base on which he built an approximate scale model of 1/1000, as faithful as possible, of the old Luz.

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Those who visit the Alentejo today are faced with profound changes that they would not expect to be so significant. The element that leverages this transformation process is Alqueva. This project clearly shows a before and after in several areas, with emphasis on the agricultural component.
The territory of Alqueva is now in constant transformation and modernization.
Alqueva water has made available to this territory a range of new opportunities in which the binomial tradition versus modernity is still present, but the investment and innovation intended for the Alentejo are transforming the space making it a land of modernity.
And it is about these transformations that are happening in the Alqueva space that we are reminded of the new exhibition of Museu da Luz.

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Those who visit Alentejo today are faced with profound changes, as a result of the dynamics introduced by the Alqueva Project.
EDIA, as an entity whose objective is to conceive, carry out, build, explore and promote the Alqueva Multiple Finals Project, has been protecting that all stages are implemented in a sustainable manner and with respect for environmental and heritage concerns.
In terms of Cultural Heritage, an area where it made a financial investment in about 2,000 archaeological sites, it diverted to daylight numerous archaeological remains preserved underground and, a large part of them, unknown to the scientific community. Traces identified within the scope of the Environmental Impact Assessment processes, but mainly during land mobilization works, in the context of construction work.
In order to promote rapid action in the face of these archaeological evidence, EDIA has been ensuring the presence on the ground of specialized technicians, who carry out the implementation of the necessary minimization measures in each case (archaeological excavations and various records), of which highlight the technical publications with reports of the activities carried out.

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As 20 years have passed since the inauguration of the Alqueva dam and the submersion process and subsequent project to minimize the patrimonial impact of the various archaeological sites, the Luz village Museum opens an exhibition dedicated to the Castelo da Lousa archaeosite, classified as a National Monument. Although the Castelo da Lousa is submerged and the remains resulting from the excavations prior to its submersion continue to be the subject of constant studies. This exhibition is the latest historical, archaeological and research review of this archaeological site.

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