September 30, 2020 getLISBON 0Comment

The urban art of Marvila is a relevant spot in Lisbon that is worth getting to know. We’ll explore it in different places in this civil parish of the east zone of the city.

Marvila Civil Parish

The recent tendency to transform these degraded buildings in spaces such as: cultural centres, art galleries, concept shops, technological companies, restaurants, among others, transformed Marvila Antiga into a new attraction of Lisbon.
Marvila Antiga

Marvila is a territory where large social housing neighbourhoods predominate. These were built between the 70s and 90s in order to house families of different origins and life situations.

Its past connected to industry left as evidence factories, warehouses, worker housing that are part of the landscape of its historic centre, Marvila Antiga (old Marvila).

The recent tendency to transform these degraded buildings in spaces such as cultural centres, art galleries, concept shops, technological companies, restaurants, among others, transformed Marvila Antiga into a new attraction of Lisbon.

In turn, urban art gained importance as well, especially in social housing neighbourhoods, becoming an aggregator element between the habitants and an attraction to the outside visitors, which connected these neighbourhoods to the rest of the city.

Today we can observe urban art pieces spread across the civil parish, mostly next to the Municipal Library of Marvila, a result from the project MURO | Festival of Urban Art Lx 2017, from the initiative of GAU – Urban Art Gallery of the Department of Cultural Heritage of City Council together with local entities.

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MURO | Festival of Urban Art Lx 2017

To continue the 1st edition of this Festival, of which we’ve told you about in Urban Art of Bairro Padre Cruz, GAU wanted to once again involve the participation of the local population, promoting cohesion between the habitants, awareness of the importance of art, the creation of a new nucleus of urban art pieces, among other objectives.

It was in the context of the Lisbon Ibero-American Capital of Culture 2017 and under the motto ‘Past and Present’ that the 2nd edition took place in Marvila.

Among a wide variety of activities, artistic projects were done on the sides of buildings, on the buildings, walls, street furniture…

For that, the curator of this project invited national and Ibero-American artists and promoted contests of artistic projects.

The art pieces are essentially divided in three nuclei: Quinta das Salgadas, Quinta Marquês de Abrantes and Quinta do Chalé. To visit them we suggest you follow the map available on GAU’s website and start from the Municipal Library of Marvila.

Quinta das Salgadas Nucleus

Painting by the Venezuelan artist FLIX, in Quinta das Salgadas Neighbourhood
Painting by the Venezuelan artist FLIX

In Quinta das Salgadas we find paintings from the creators RAM, MAR and FLIX, having the latter produced a set of pieces while in artistic residency in Lisbon for two months.

Quinta do Marquês de Abrantes Nucleus

From left to right: “Oferenda” (offering) by the Portuguese artist Kruella D’Enfer; “Raoni Metuktire”, Brazilian indigenous leader of Caiapó ethnicity, portrayed by the Brazilian graffiti artist Kobra. Quinta do Marquês de Abrantes Neighbourhood.
“Oferenda” (offering) by the Portuguese artist Kruella D’Enfer; “Raoni Metuktire”, Brazilian indigenous leader of Caiapó ethnicity, portrayed by the Brazilian graffiti artist Kobra

In this nucleus we can observe on the side of large buildings, pieces from authors such as Alecrim, Kobra, Godless, Kruella, Steep, Cix Mugrenas, The Caver…

We can also see calligraphic work on the wall ‘Hall of Fame’, destined to this category of graffiti. And finally we can see works that resulted from the workshop led by the graffiter Youthone, one of the artists present on the cover of this article.

Quinta do Chalé Nucleus

Close-up of the Brazilian creator Kramer’s, in Quinta do Chalé Neighbourhood. In the background, there’s the Quinta do Marquês de Abrantes Neighbourhood where on the left we see “Consejo del água” by the Ecuadorian artist Steep Aeon and on the right “Amizade autêntica” (authentic friendship) by the Portuguese artist The Caver.
Close-up of the Brazilian creator Kramer’s. In the background, there’s the Quinta do Marquês de Abrantes Neighbourhood where on the left we see “Consejo del água” by the Ecuadorian artist Steep Aeon and on the right “Amizade autêntica” (authentic friendship) by the Portuguese artist The Caver.

In the Quinta do Chalé Nucleus, there are four different art pieces by Latin American artists: Kramer (Brazil), John Douglas (Brazil), Gleo (Colombia) and the female collective Madianeras (Argentina); and two from the Portuguese Hazul and LS.

Other Pieces of Urban Art of Marvila

The urban art of Marvila isn’t restricted to the area around the Library. You can find other pieces in other places of the civil parish.

Let’s get to know a few:

Jungle King, by Okuda, 2014

Jungle King by the Spanish artist Okuda, 2014; Rua Marvila. It refers to the visit of the then Prince of Asturias, today King Filipe VI, to Portugal.

Jungle King by the Spanish artist Okuda, 2014; Rua Marvila. It refers to the visit of the then Prince of Asturias, today King Filipe VI, to Portugal.

O Pedinte, by NUNCA, 2014

O pedinte (the beggar) by the Brazilian artist NUNCA, 2014; Rua do Vale Formoso de Cima

O pedinte (the beggar) by the Brazilian artist NUNCA, 2014; Rua do Vale Formoso de Cima

Artwork by MOAMI, 2016

Artwork by MOAMI, 2016; Parque Hortícola do Vale de Chelas

Artwork by MOAMI, 2016; Parque Hortícola do Vale de Chelas

Ephemeral Flowers by the Portuguese MAR, 2017

Ephemeral Flowers by the Portuguese artist MAR, 2017; petrol station in Marechal António Spínola Avenue

Ephemeral Flowers by the Portuguese artist MAR, 2017; petrol station in Marechal António Spínola Avenue

Artwork by FLIX, 2017

Artwork by FLIX, 2017, produced within the scope of MURO; Av. Santo Condestável

Artwork by FLIX, 2017, produced within the scope of MURO; Av. Santo Condestável

Quetzalcóatl by Klit, 2017

Quetzalcóatl by the Portuguese artist Klit, 2017, produced within the scope of MURO; Rua Pardal Monteiro

Quetzalcóatl by the Portuguese artist Klit, 2017, produced within the scope of MURO; Rua Pardal Monteiro

Urban art pieces, Marvila

Mural with art pieces from several artists, Rua da Fábrica de Material de Guerra

Mural with art pieces from several artists, Rua da Fábrica de Material de Guerra

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During our visit before writing this article we realised that not all of the wall paintings produced within the scope of the Festival O MURO still remain, which is very characteristic of this ephemeral art.

For that reason, we urge you to capture the beauty of these stunning artworks with your own eyes and discover the many pieces of urban art of Marvila.

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