From now on, and anywhere in the world, it will be possible to get to know a little more of the multifaceted work of the Portuguese artist Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro.
The Bordalo Pinheiro Museum arrived at the Google Arts & Culture platform last September 8th. Now, anyone interested, anywhere in the world, has the possibility to get to know the museum's collection and the multifaceted work of Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro. For now, and in an initial phase, more than 130 pieces can be seen.
The launch of the Museum's website on this platform coincides with the 100th anniversary of the death of Manuel Gustavo Bordalo Pinheiro - illustrator and ceramist, son of Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro - which will be celebrated in 2020. Thus, the first exhibition made available by the Museum website is dedicated to this artist.
"This bet on digital dissemination, through Google Arts & Culture, is part of a more general project in which the Bordalo Pinheiro Museum has been investing," explains the Museum director, João Alpuim Botelho, in a statement.
"It is a way to encourage face-to-face visits to the exhibitions, putting at the disposal of all themes such as the figure of Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro, humor, caricature, journalism, the History of Portugal of the 19th century, as an invitation to come to the Museum to see the works live", the director of the Museum also underlines.
João Alpuim Botelho also highlights "the importance of marking 100 years since the death of Manuel Gustavo Bordalo Pinheiro, a little known Portuguese caricaturist", through this platform.
Vista Alegre (owner of the Bordallo Pinheiro brand) challenges the pandemic
The Vista Alegre group, which owns the centennial brands Vista Alegre and Bordallo Pinheiro, with headquarters in Ílhavo, in the district of Aveiro, increased turnover by 5.2 million euros in July and August, compared to the same period in 2019, according to a statement to the Securities Market Commission (CMVM).
According to the document, the group reached in August a "turnover of 10 million euros, surpassing in around 66% the same period (six million euros)". Thus, the results of the month of August continue to show "a sign of gradual recovery" of the activity of the group Vista Alegre Atlantis, facing the pandemic situation of Covid-19. "The segments that most contributed to this recovery were 'Grés Forno' and 'Grés Mesa', essentially with sales to countries like France, Holland and Spain", reveals the group.
After the closure of stores in March, April, May and June due to the pandemic, the 'Retail' channel adapted to the new reality, implementing all the existing recommendations for this sector, and recorded in August "a remarkable sales growth in this channel, reaching almost the same level as the same period (-1.2%)".
In the context of the pandemic situation, the group advanced with a strategic bet of expanding the market for 'online' sales, which led to a growth of 184% compared to August 2019.
"The Vista Alegre Group thus reached a total turnover of 64.4 million euros at the end of August 2020 and despite the drop in comparison with the same period are already evident positive signs of recovery of activity," reads the note also disclosed.
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