Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Decay - Museum of Popular Art


This site was created for the Portuguese World Exhibition in 1940 but the building was remodelled to house the museum eight years later.
Believe it or not it was closed in 2003 and has remained abandoned since then!
Restoration works are now taking place inside and (hopefully!) it will open doors again soon.


Belém, western Lisbon

18 comments:

Olivier said...

belles sculptures antiques

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I hope that it does reopen.

Halcyon said...

Poor little donkey! I hope they repair his ear.

Lois said...

A little progress!

Cezar and Léia said...

Ahh que dor no coraçao, é triste!As esculturas são lindas, mas é uma pena ver o estado do lugar!
Léia

Jacob said...

It is sad that it was abandoned...I wonder why? But so good that it is being restored. I'm sure there are many other unique and interesting things you can photograph once it is back up and running!

Lisergic Synaesthesiae said...

Like the colours in the first! It reminds me of some Ron English works

VP said...

It's a pity, I think I saw this open in the late 90s, but it was already in not a very good state.

Photo Cache said...

Love the cowbells too, would enjoy a day photographing here.

brattcat said...

How were you able to capture the first image?

JM said...

@Brattcat: The oxen are outside the building, in the street.

Joan Elizabeth said...

I love the simplicity of the oxen sculpture.

Hilda said...

How wonderful that it's going to be restored!

T. Becque said...

Well that's just too bad, hopefully that'll be changed soon, as you said. I also like the oxen, they remind me of some Mexican pottery we see around here.

I had to laugh at your "lots of lines" comment on my last post. That's what I was thinking of when I was dragged inside the airport. I could have stayed there quite some time photographing all the lines!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Fantastic and beautiful shots !!Great post !!

Small City Scenes said...

So sad to see this abandoned. I hope restorations is really taking place. MB

Deepak Acharya said...

I liked the first photo. very cute :)

tapirgal said...

Those bovines are really my kind of thing and my kind of photo. I hope they're repaired and the place opened again.