June 2, 2021 getLISBON

In this article about the presence of fado in the urban art of Lisbon, we’re going to see pieces in which these two cultural phenomenons, deeply urban, joined forces. Fado is celebrated across the entire city that saw it born: at the museum dedicated to fado, in tributes, in casas de fado (restaurants with fado performances) of the typical neighbourhoods, in the voices of many fado singers that brought and bring this sonority to the world… And of course, it is also represented in the street art that has become one of the highlights of the capital several years ago….

April 21, 2021 getLISBON

The entalados of the 1950s Lisbon are sculptural elements that were present in the decorative stonemasonry of the new buildings from the second expansion of Avenidas Novas. In order to enrich these new rental buildings, small spaces were left on the façades, usually on the top or side of the main doors, to be decorated. The aesthetic options of the time were, predominantly, sculptures or reliefs of figurative character. Did you know that these decorative works were a response to an imposition of the city’s urbanisation plan? But what’s the origin of the entalados of the 1950s Lisbon? Where can…

April 7, 2021 getLISBON

In this article we’ll be covering the Português Suave architectural style, the aesthetic that has marked the entire country in the 1940s. We’ll particularly talk about its characteristics, its impact and the main examples that we can find in Lisbon. Why Português Suave? Estado Novo was the dictatorial political regime that ruled Portugal for 41 years, until it was overthrown by the revolution of April 74. This authoritarian regime imposed a rupture with the Modern Movement rising in the 1920s, by promoting an architectural aesthetic based on a symbolic traditional and nationalist language, that is, that wants to affirm itself…

March 31, 2021 getLISBON

Today we bring you the urban artist SMILE, one of the most important Portuguese names in this art form. We had the privilege of getting to know Ivo Santos in a fun conversation where he talked about himself, his work and inspiration. In addition to sharing his journey, we’ll also highlight some of his works in Lisbon and in two neighbouring councils, Odivelas and Setúbal. SMILE, from a Promising Young Boy to a Renowned Artist

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The Urban Artist SMILE 1

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

The Urban Artist SMILE 2

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

The Urban Artist SMILE 3

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

The Urban Artist SMILE 4

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

The Urban Artist SMILE 5

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

The Urban Artist SMILE 6

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

The Urban Artist SMILE 7

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

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Ivo Santos, adopted the artist name SMILE at a very young age. It was inspired by a graffiti sticker, which was distributed with…

March 17, 2021 getLISBON

In this article we’ll share with you our observation of the decorative elements present in the manhole covers of Lisbon. Have you ever noticed them? Throughout many walks around the city, the patterns of the Portuguese pavement and their curious secrets have been the main reasons we’ve been closely looking at the pavement everywhere we go.  It was during these contemplations that the manhole covers of Lisbon caught our attention. They made us notice the diversity of shape, size and design of the many types of covers spread across the sidewalks and streets of the city. Types of Manhole Covers…