Date: Presenting June 28th
Location: The Belmonte Cultural Club Cafe [at Palácio Belmonte]
Address: Pateo Dom Fradique, 14 – 1100-624 Lisboa
Contacts: +351 218816600 _ email@example.com
Two from Many
: (Visitor Impressions)
“The places we have known do not belong solely to the world of space in which we situate them for our greater convenience”. – Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way
Perhaps the most elusive quality of a place such as Palácio Belmonte is the cumulative human experience that it holds. Its walls have borne witness to the experience of countless visitors for two millennia, as surely and secretively as a trusted and loyal friend – cradling them close to its chest, as the wisest and caring of parents. Tradesmen and women, nobility, travellers, poets, artists, children – all full of love, joy, sadness, wonder, frustration and the full spectrum of the human condition. Visitors of all ages, from all corners of the world and since many hundreds of years leave a residue of their individual experience that lingers, carefully hidden. This is the part of this wonderful palace that is perhaps the most elusive, although its most worthy, gift to each visitor.
Marja de Vries, a Dutch filmmaker, and Simon James Phillips, an Australian musician/composer living in Berlin, met as a result of the initiative of Frederic Coustols – the current custodian of the palace. Marja and Simon, using their respective mediums, have together created an impression of their own experience of time and of place. Impressions by two of the many visitors to the extraordinary Palácio Belmonte.