The exhibition “A Casa da Democracia: entre Espaço e Poder” focuses on how the architectural transformation of the São Bento Palace and the political evolution of Portugal intersect.

This exhibition was the inaugural moment of the protocol signed between the Casa da Arquitectura and the Assembly of the Republic for the “Archival processing of the building projects of the Assembly of the Republic”.

“A Casa da Democracia: entre Espaço e Poder”, curated by Susana Ventura, aims to make known to a wider public the various spaces that make up the building complex of the Assembly of the Republic and also to establish a critical thought on the relationships between space and power (also following on from the inaugural exhibition Power Architecture), which are fundamental to the subject of Architecture.

The current Assembly of the Republic, seat of the Portuguese Parliamen, was the scene and stage of important social movements and political regimes that determined our historical destiny: the Liberal Revolution of 1820, which two years later gave rise to the first Portuguese Constitution; the abolition of the Monarchy and consequent establishment of the Republic in 1910; the dictatorship of the Estado Novo and its end, after the Revolution of 25 April 1974, with the desired restoration of Democracy.

© Ivo Tavares
© Ivo Tavares
© Ivo Tavares