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PIM – Iberian modernisms and the Primitivist imaginary

New research project, coordinated by Joana Cunha Leal (IHA/NOVA FCSH), started on September 1st.
This project aims to explore the expressions of primitivism in Iberian modernisms and their political, historical and aesthetic implications. The manifold and contradictory manifestations of primitivism in modern art and visual culture in the Iberian countries are observed considering both their protagonism in the anti-illusionistic quest of modern art, and the means by which this “primitivist fantasy” incorporated preconceptions on race, gender and class, either confirming or transforming them. The investigation comprises: the ties Spain and Portugal kept with their imperial past; the promotion of nationalist and folk aesthetics by conservative state cultural policies, and the avant-garde manifestations that opposed them; local, material and everyday life worlds of reference; nationalist ideologies and other political determinants; transnational artistic circulations; main ideas about modern art in the production of primitivist imagery, and the modernist artworks associated to it.


Main scientific domain: Humanities – Arts
Scientific sub-domain: Art History


Funding: 216 279,76
This Project is funded by COMPETE2020.


Main research Unit: Instituto de História da Arte (IHA-FCSH/NOVA)
Main contractor: Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas (FCSH/NOVA)


Joana Cunha Leal IR (IHA/NOVA FCSH)
Mariana Pinto dos Santos Co-IR (IHA/NOVA FCSH)
Begoña Farré Torras (IHA/NOVA FCSH)
Antonio Saez Delgado (Universidade de Évora)
Joana Brites (Universidade de Coimbra)
Carlos Bártholo (Universidade Lusíada deLisboa)
Maria Lluïsa Faxedas (Universitat de Girona)
Paulo Henrique Duarte Feitoza (Universitat de Girona)
Mariana Viterbo Brandão (CIEBA-FBAUL)
Marta Loução Soares (IHA/NOVA FCSH)