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Relvas / Exhibition and Editorial
José Relvas — O conspirador contemplativo
2008 – Assembleia da República (Assembly of the Republic), Lisboa, Portugal

Client: Assembleia da República
Design director: Nuno Gusmão
Designers: Giuseppe Greco, Vera Sacchetti, Miguel Matos
Photos: Ricardo Gonçalves, Agostinho Carvalho, P-06


This exhibition about José Relvas (a famous parliamentarian and a major art collector) was held at “Assembleia da República” (Portuguese Parliament), throughout several different spaces. The concept was to create an exhibiting surface with a balance between transparency and opacity, to allow simultaneously, the exhibition of pieces from the collection and the perception of the surrounding space, wich is profusely decorated with paintings and sculptures. Vertical blades spaced apart, viewed at a lateral angle become opaque walls, and when seen from the front they become transparent. Thus, we are facing walls that apparently change density depending on the viewing angle.