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Memories of Martha

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The Mudas, Museum of Contemporary Art of Madeira features in the old main house, the new temporary exhibition space, the work of artist Martha Cohen da Cunha Telles.

This is a Expolio of 31 works, including painting, watercolor, etching and screen printing, which the Regional Director of Museums and Heritage Services of the Regional Directory of Culture, Francisco Clode are "a tribute to an artist born in Madeira that made her career in Porto, Paris and later in Canada".

The body of work the artist was donated by her daughter Teresa Cunha Telles Hall following a transfer protocol for 10 years with the Region, extended for five years, an agreement of great importance because, as the responsible said, Martha Telles besides being "a teacher, an educator, she lived all her life with the memory of her childhood. His work reflects this, not in the sense of a naive painting, but a work that rises to her childhood and she herself lives in this melancholy, is seen as a child reflecting on the adult condition. All her life she lived this drama, the big kid that she was, the life she left and that she efabulou. Agustina Beça Luís wrote about her and her memory narratives are not reality but a fiction, because all memory is that and in the background the work of Martha Telles is thus fiction of what we are to be something different. It is a tribute to this deep love she had for her homeland. "
Born in Funchal, August 19th of1930, the daughter of a madeiran lawyer and a Danish opera singer, Martha Cohen da Cunha Telles, after a brief initiation to the landscape painter Max Römer in her homeland, studied painting at the School of Fine Arts in Porto, obtaining the diploma of special and higher course. Between 1963 and 1965 was a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Paris, where she studied painting under the guidance of Maria Helena Vieira da Silva and Sociology of Art at the Sorbonne.
After a brief stint at high school went to Copenhagen in 1961, where she made his first solo exhibition. In this city, along with the painting, also worked as a technical designer, activity that had already practiced in Porto. In 1968 she moved to Montreal and then continued studies. Shee obtained a bachelor of fine arts at the University of Quebec, attended the course of engraving at McGill University and was a scholar of the Council of Canadian Art. Naturalized Canadian in 1974, after sixteen years in this country, she returned to Portugal in 1983. She even lived a season in Belgium and died on February 21st of 2001 in Lisbon.
The exhibition of Martha Telles represents the second phase of the transformation of Mudas space that has been gaining more and more visitors since its opening in October of last year, in particular by foreigners visiting the island of Madeira, about this matter Francisco Clode enfazises that "sometimes we have the idea that tourists have little information and do not know anything about heritage, but you know, just making choices. We have a higher average of over 1,000 visitors per month. There are days during the week in which the museum is visited by more than 150 people, an average that we hoped will reach the 25 to 30 thousand visitors year. This year alone we can look at the numbers of Mudas because before was only an exhibition center, was not exactly a permanent collection. There is a renewed interest in cultural offer, people see the nature and the sea, but increasingly are interested in the heritage ".


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