Portugal’s Carnation Revolution: April 25, 1974

Bernice Layne Brown Gallery through September 2, 2014
Doe Memorial Library

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April 25, 1974 was at once an ending and a beginning. First and foremost it was the end of the Estado Novo dictatorial regime and the beginning of Portugal’s democratic process. With materials from the University Library’s Portuguese collection, this exhibition commemorates the fortieth anniversary of the country’s bloodless military coup and transition from dictatorship to democracy. When the population descended into Lisbon’s streets to celebrate, soldiers put carnations in the barrels of their guns and tanks, signaling that there would be no violence. A poem by Ary dos Santos -the poet of the revolution – translated here for the first time into English, weaves throughout the exhibit cases along with dazzlingly radiant reproductions of artwork by António Pimentel (whose illustrations accompanied the first edition published in 1975) and black and white images by documentary photographers such as Alfredo Cunha and Carlos Gil.

Sponsored by the Portuguese Studies Program, Institute of European Studies, and the UC Berkeley Library with additional support from the Luso-American Foundation in Lisbon, Centro de Documentação 25 de Abril at the University of Coimbra, Camões – Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua and the Consulate General of Portugal in San Francisco.