Casa da Arquitectura hosted until 28 April 2019 the exhibition Infinito Vão – 90 Anos de Arquitetura Brasileira, which was curated by Fernando Serapião and Guilherme Wisnik.

The exhibition brought together 90 projects by authors who are fundamental to the understanding of Brazilian production, with half referring to the modern period and the rest to the contemporary period. Accompanied by an extensive parallel program, co-curated by Nuno Sampaio, executive director of CA, this included activities in Portugal and Brazil.

‘Infinito Vão – 90 Years of Brazilian Architecture’ is the name, inspired by the music and voice of Gilberto Gil, of the exhibition that Casa da Arquitectura (CA) – Centro Português de Arquitectura opened on 28 September 2018, curated by Fernando Serapião and Guilherme Wisnik. The show was accompanied by an extensive parallel program with co-curatorship by Nuno Sampaio, executive director of CA, which contemplated activities in Portugal and Brazil.

“Infinito Vão” was the result of a two-year process of work that Casa da Arquitectura carried out in Brazil, gathering a heritage of over 200 donations that will integrate the permanent collection of the House.

The Brazilian Architecture Collection, the most representative held in recent years, is made up of 103 projects and over 50 thousand pieces, including drawings, photographs, textual documents, films, models and ceramics, among others.

There two main purposes of the collection are: to foster studies by specialists on the subject, with the researchers being able to consult its collection; and to set up future exhibitions of the Casa da Arquitectura collection, adding to the gallery of ‘resident’ authors such as Eduardo Souto de Moura, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Álvaro Siza Vieira, Pedro Ramalho and João Álvaro Rocha, among others.

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Curators

Guilherme Wisnik

Guilherme Wisnik (1972) is a professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo under the RDIDP (Full-time regime of dedication to teaching and research) regime. He edited volume 54 of the Spanish magazine 2G (2010) on the work of Vilanova Artigas, and has published essays in books such as Brazil’s Modern Architecture (Phaidon, 2004), Álvaro Siza modern redux (Hatje Cantz, 2008) and The desire of form (Berlin Akademie der Künste, 2010). He was the General Curator of the 10th São Paulo Architecture Biennale (2013).

Fernando Serapião

Fernando Serapião (1971) is founder and editor of Monolito, published in São Paulo since 2011 and awarded by the 10th Iberoamerican Biennale of Architecture (2016). He has written over a dozen books, such as Guia de Arquitetura de São Paulo (Viana & Mosley Editora, 2005), which received the 7th Young Architects Award (Museu da Casa Brasileira/Instituto de Arquitetos do Brasil/São Paulo), and A arquitetura de Croce, Aflalo & Gasperini (Editora Paralaxe, 2011), winner of the Jabuti award. He was responsible for the curatorships of the exhibitions “Nove Novos”, at the Frankfurt Museum of Architecture, and “10+10”, in Vienna, at the Architekturzentrum Wien.

Nuno Sampaio

Executive Director of Casa da Arquitectura since 2014, Nuno Sampaio was a member of the National Board of Directors of the Association of Architects from 2008 to 2010 and a jury in several architectural competitions where the FAD 2013 Awards stand out. He was also Vice-president of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale Association from 2010 to 2021.