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Portugal: Revolution and Carnations
June 3, 2014   
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A new photographic exhibition at the History Meeting House in Warsaw documents the dramatic political changes that Portugal experienced in the 20th century.

Entitled (Non)continuity. Portugal in the 20th Century from the Fall of the Monarchy to the Carnation Revolution, the exhibition has been organized to mark 40 years since the Carnation Revolution, a bloodless military coup that turned Portugal from a dictatorship to a democracy.

The exhibition is divided into three parts, each introduced by a historical outline of the depicted events. Part one begins with the overthrow of the monarchy in 1910, which gave rise to the Portuguese First Republic, and the second part looks at the years after the coup d’état of 1926, with a special focus on the dictatorship of Antonio Salazar. The final section of the exhibition centers on the Carnation Revolution and comprises 25 photographs taken in Lisbon April 25, 1974. The pictures depict tanks and troops in the streets of the Portuguese capital, enthusiastically greeted by locals who put carnations into the muzzles of soldiers’ rifles—hence the revolution’s name. The photographs on show come from different archival sources, including state and city archives and Portugal’s major newspapers such as Diario de Noticias and O Seculo.


Until Aug. 24; History Meeting House; 20 Karowa St.; Free admission
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