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Raul da Bernarda Museum goes to Cabeças

The Museu Raul da Bernarda selected a warrior’s head as the centrepiece to present to the community of Cabeças, in Alvaiázere. The curiosity and creativity of the community flourished when they met the author of the piece, the artist Alberto Cidraes, who participated online on the opening day and made a musical interaction with the community using musical instruments made of clay and created by the artist.

Museu Raul da Bernarda chose to bring a “Cabeça Cruzada” (Crossed Head) to the village of Cabeças, in Alvaiázere. This iconic piece is by architect and ceramist Alberto Cidraes and consists of geometric shapes made of ceramic. The warrior’s head, protected by a helmet, is one of his recurring themes. In 1987, Simpósio Internacional de Cerâmica – Alcobaça 87 (International Ceramics Symposium) inspired an act full of symbolism and sharing, marked by the spirit of openness and the exchange of methods, techniques and work processes, which gave rise to the artwork “Cabeça Cruzada II”.

Cabeça Cruzada II

Alberto Cidraes, 1987
80 x 30 x 25 cm
Sculpture Terracotta, with industrial glaze and firing at 1050 oC in a gas oven.
The artwork was produced during the International Ceramics Symposium of Alcobaça, in 1987.

CMA – Museu Raul da Bernarda.

Raul da Bernarda Museum

Municipality of Alcobaça

Raul da Bernarda Museum is housed in the former shop of the most traditional ceramics factory in Alcobaça and highlights the historical contribution of the city to the development of ceramics in Portugal. The museum’s collection consists of historical and contemporary pieces in Portuguese ceramics, which document more than a century of the ceramic industry, including the artistic ware of Alcobaça. The museum also promotes signature ceramics, with artwork by national and international artists, such as Arnold Zimmerman, Angus Suttie and Alberto Cidraes. It is through its collection and programming that the museum stands out as an important space, where we can learn about the history and culture of the region.

The artwork that visited the Museum

Cabeças goes to the Museu Raul da Bernarda

The community of Cabeças gave shape to their imagination with their own hands. Using clay, participants learned how to create their own clay working tools and modelled small heads in a variety of shapes: cats, bearded men, smiling women, creatures with ears and horns, monsters and even a fish head! A real tribute to all the inhabitants, real and imaginary, of the village of Cabeças!


I had never seen such a beautiful exhibition like the one with these little heads, that veil, that lighting; everything was so beautiful. (…) I won’t forget you, what you have done, what you have brought. You made us see things and do things that I had never done, nor had ever touched. I’m ecstatic. Inside I’m a queen. I’m fortunate to have met you all.

Felizarda Rosa
Community of Cabeças, Municipality of Alvaiázere

The promotion of this type of project (…) leads to a close relationship between cultural heritage, the community and museums, which in turn leads to an improvement in the quality of life and well-being (…) of the seniors involved.

Paula Cassiano
Municipal Museum of Alvaiázere, Municipality of Alvaiázere

We feel more united (after the project). We meet and talk about it (the project). It brought us more together and we talked about these things. The Museum in the Village project team gave us clay (…). I think we were there working the clay until 11 o’clock, midnight, there on the kitchen table seeing what the vision was going to do. (…) We were talking when we passed by Delfina (one of the project participants) and we commented ‘Look, last night I had until almost midnight there modelling in clay. If I don’t like it, I’ll take it apart again, do it again

– Ah, really? (Museum in the Village project team).

Yes. And then we would bring the clay back the next time we came here.

Delfina Rodrigues
in dialogue with the Museum in the Village project team, Community of Cabeças, municipality of Alvaiázere

Exhibitions Credits

  • Promotor
    SAMP – Sociedade Artística Musical dos Pousos
  • Co-financier
    Iniciativa Portugal Inovação Social
    Programa Operacional Social e de Emprego (PO ISE)
    Portugal 2020
    Fundo Social Europeu (FSE)
  • Social investor
    Câmara Municipal de Leiria
    Rede Cultura 2027
  • In collaboration with
    Município de Alcobaça
    Município de Alvaiázere
    Museu Raul da Bernarda
    Junta de Freguesia de Maçãs de Dona Maria
    União de Freguesias de Leiria, Pousos, Barreira e Cortes
  • Museums Working Group for “Rede Cultura 2027”
    Alberto Guerreiro | Museu Raul da Bernarda
    Sónia Santos | Município de Ourém
    Bruno Silva | Rede de Museus e Galerias de Óbidos
    Dóris Santos | Museu Dr. Joaquim Manso
    Filipe Guimarães da Silva | Fundação Mário Soares e Maria Barroso
    Jorge Figueiredo | Município de Porto de Mós
    Luís Figueiredo | Museu Damião de Góis e das Vítimas da Inquisição
    Margarida Moleiro | Museu Municipal Carlos Reis
    Raquel Janeirinho | Rede Museológica do Concelho de Peniche
    Vânia Carvalho | Museu de Leiria
  • The 13 Villages
    Alcanadas (Batalha) | Louriceira de Cima (Arruda dos Vinhos) | Ateanha (Ansião) | Cabeças (Alvaiázere) | Cercal (Cadaval) | Columbeira (Bombarral) | Fanhais (Nazaré) | Freixianda (Ourém) | Folgarosa (Torres Vedras) | Mosteiro (Pedrógão Grande) | São Bento (Porto de Mós) | Fetelaria (Sobral de Monte Agraço) | Pena e Casal da Pena (Torres Novas)
  • The 13 Museums
    Casa do Tempo (Castanheira de Pera) | Centro de Artes Caldas da Rainha | Centro de Estudos em Fotografia de Tomar | Rede de Museus e Galerias de Óbidos | Museu de Arte Popular Portuguesa (Pombal) | Museu da Lourinhã | Museu de Aguarela Roque Gameiro (Alcanena) | Museu de Leiria | Museu do Vidro (Marinha Grande) | Museu e Centro de Artes de Figueiró dos Vinhos | Museu Damião de Góis e das Vítimas da Inquisição (Alenquer) | Museu Raul da Bernarda (Alcobaça) | Rede Museológica do Concelho de Peniche

    The project also had the collaboration of museums from the 26 participating municipalities.
  • Coordenação SAMP Contigo | SAMP
    Raquel Gomes
  • SAMP Contigo | Coordination
    Gabriela da Rocha
    Sofia Neves
  • Museu na Aldeia | Teams of the project
    • SAMP | Artistic team
      Bruno Homem | Musician
      Filipa Cunha | Music
      Inesa Markava | Artistic Director of Performances
      Jesus Kristen | Musician
      Raquel Gomes | Community Artist
      Ruben Santos | Musician
      Sofia Neves | Actress
    • SAMP | Technical team
      Ana Figueiredo | Communication and Content Manager
      Cátia Gaio | Logistic and Financial Support
      Gabriela da Rocha | Museologist
      Henrique Chaves | Sociologist
      Lara Matos | Graduate in Social Psychology
      Leonor Capricho | Graphic Designer
      Ismael Neves | Logistic and Financial Support
      Telma Pereira | Production
    • Texts
      Ana Figueiredo | SAMP
      Carla Tomás | Museu da Lourinhã
      Gabriela da Rocha | SAMP
      Henrique Chaves | SAMP
      Sofia Neves | SAMP
    • Photography credits
      SAMP Team
      Gil de Lemos
    • Museography and museology
      Gabriela da Rocha | SAMP
      Alberto Guerreiro | Município de Alcobaça
    • Graphic design and illustration
      Henrique Martinowski
      Leonor Capricho | SAMP
    • Exhibition equipment design
      Paolo Martini | Novonovo
      Inês Soares | Novonovo
      Lorenzo Scodeller | Novonovo
      Artymanha | Welding service
      Nelson Cunha
    • Technical drawing and design
      Luís Monteiro Ferreira | Architect
      “Cabeça Cruzada I Tactile replica of the artwork
      Gabriela da Rocha | 3D Digitization
      FabLab Porto de Mós | 3D Printing
    • Department of Education, Culture and Youth
      Paulo Araújo | Head of Division
      César Salazar | Head of Unit Museu Raul da Bernarda
      Alberto Guerreiro | Coordination (Museology)
      Ana Paula Silva, Helena Teixeira e Ilda Ruas | Unidade de Cultura Culture Unit
      Cláudia Silva, Cristina Fragoso e Zélia Cristina Martins | Production
      Department of Maintenance and Conservation for the Municipality of Alcobaça
      Marta Marques | Head of Division
      Helder Paulino | Carpentry Service
      João Carlos Santos | Electricity Service
      José Canuto e Vítor Reis | Painting Service
      Artur Coelho, Eduardo Ramos, Hilário Marcelino e Joel Coelho | Transportation
    • Insurance of the artwork
      LUSITANIA, Companhia de Seguros, SA
    • Specialised transportation of the artwork
      RNTrans – Grupo URBANOS
      TMM Manuel Mendes, Lda
    • Acknowledgements
      Comunidades de Cabeças
      Junta de Freguesia de Maçãs de Dona Maria
      Alberto Cidraes | Artista
      Museu Municipal de Alvaiázere
      Vera Fortes | Centro de Formação Profissional para a Indústria Cerâmica (CENCAL)
      Filipe Aguiar | Centro de Formação Profissional para a Indústria Cerâmica (CENCAL)
      FabLab Porto de Mós – Município de Porto de Mós
      Politécnico de Leiria
      União de Freguesias de Leiria, Pousos, Barreira e Cortes
      ANAFS – Associação Nacional de Alistados das Formações Sanitárias