THE LIFE of Amália Rodrigues (1920-1999), Portugal’s late Fado icon, is being remembered in a brand new exhibition that has opened at the Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores (SPA), the Portuguese society of writers, in Lisbon.
The exhibition, entitled Amália Sempre (Amália Forever), includes the first ever public display of the artist’s gold and platinum discs. According to organisers, revealing the least known aspects of the late Fado singer’s life and career is the exhibition’s aim. The show forms part of SPA’s 80th anniversary celebrations. The first Fado, recognised by Amália as being poetry, was Estranha Forma de Vida (Strange Way of Life), which was accompanied by the music of Alfredo Marceneiro and released in the album Busto in 1962.
The exhibition features correspondence between Amália and SPA, photographs, dresses worn by the artist, books and a collection of press cuttings, many of which have been loaned by the Museu Nacional do Teatro.
The exhibition continues until the end of September. For more information, call SPA on Tel 213 594 400.