Peter da Silveira. Centenary 1922-2003 – the Guide

Peter da Silveira. Centenary 1922-2003 – the Guide
Peter da Silveira. Centenary 1922-2003 – the Guide

Peter da Silveira. Centenary 1922-2003

EXHIBITION | 24 Nov. ’22 – 28 Jan. ’23 | Mezzanine | Free entry

Pedro Laureano Mendonça da Silveira (1922-2003) was born on the 5th of September, in the parish of Fajã Grande, municipality of Lajes das Flores, and moved to Lisbon in 1951.

Here, he was representative-delegate of British and American pharmaceutical laboratories; contributor to several newspapers and magazines, consultant to several publishers, literary editor, preface, translator, and, since the late 1970s, an employee of the National Library.

But Pedro da Silveira was also a poet – he considered poetry to be the «greatest genre» of Portuguese literature – having also dedicated himself to the historical and literary investigation of Azorean culture and in particular the history and ethnography of the island of Flores.

The present exhibition evokes, in the foreground, his literary work, as a poet, critic and researcher, to which are added the testimonies of his intervention in the National Library.

Among Pedro da Silveira’s poetic works, The Island and the World (1953), west signs (1962), choreographies (1985), Missing Poems (1999) and the collection, I went to the sea to look for oranges