Círculo de Artes Plásticas de Coimbra, January 17th, 1974.
Celebration of the 1.000.011th Anniversary of Art.
Event organized by Ernesto de Sousa with the collaboration of Círculo de Artes Plásticas de Coimbra, taking on from a 1963 idea by Robert Filliou.
Participants included Alberto Carneiro, Albuquerque Mendes, Alfredo Pinheiro Marques, Armando Azevedo, João Dixo, Jorge Peixinho, Ernesto de Sousa, Isabel Alves, Teresa Loff, Túlia Saldanha, amongst others.
the party was a great success the twenty rooms
of C.A.P. had various uses dance songs
games food and drinks relaxation etc etc
in the main room we drew across the lenght of the
wall a translation of your poem "a whispered history of art"
at C.A.P. we had more than a thousand people
mostly young people there was
also a group of
Brazilian college students which created a surprising moment
of samba (it had to stop because the roof of the room downstairs was about to collapse...)
a young man from Oporto
produced hundreds of paper flowers
where could be read "art is beautiful everything is beautiful"
on the train
along the 200 kms that separate Oporto from Coimbra
he distributed the flowers
to everyone he met
by chance in his journey
when he arrived
he opened in front of C.A.P.'s facade
depicting flowered fields
of course that a party like ours couldn't have
happened without contradiction
especially in my very politicized country
there were protests mostly from
Maoist youngsters and other left-wingers
protests which we obviously
sometimes the answer was dialogue
in other cases it was a chorus response
and humor and kindness
Ernesto de Sousa, letter to Robert Filliou, 1974.