The Art of Generosity

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The Art of Generosity

Exhibition Type
Temporary Exhibition
12 Nov 2022
— 2 Jul 2023

The exhibition “The Art of Generosity” showcases vehicles and automobilia pieces offered since 2014, thus paying tribute to the generosity of their former owners who gave up their cars and motorcycles to share them with the public. This initiative is based on the spirit with which Abel de Lacerda founded the Caramulo Museum in 1953, where all the art collection pieces were donated by individuals.

The exhibition features automobiles from different cores, such as the historic Citroën DS21 Super 5 (1973), one of the most important cars of the last century, alongside models like the Ford Model T or the Volkswagen Beetle, the BMW 327 Cabriolet (1938), a record-breaking model for the brand, with 1396 units produced between 1937 and 1941, including production resuming after 1945, or the Trabant 601 Limousine (1986), a veteran from the Eastern Bloc that marks the history of the Iron Curtain.

Representing the sports and competition core are the Peugeot 207 S2000 (2007), with which Bruno Magalhães became National Rally Champion in 2007, the Formula V Aurora (1969), a single-seater based on the chassis of the popular Volkswagen Beetle built by Garagem Aurora, the Jaguar E-Type, considered one of the most beautiful cars ever annd the English brand’s interpretation of a true wind-sculpted roadster, the Ferrari 400i (1979), which was one of the first versions equipped with mechanical fuel injection, the Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo (1987), launched in 1985 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Italian brand, was the last model produced exclusively by the Arese factory before it was acquired by the Fiat group, and the Alfa Romeo Giulia GT 1300 Junior (1970), an impressive precursor to the balance between beauty and functionality, so characteristic of the brand.

Adding to the seven cars is also a motorcycle, the NSU Quickly TT/K (1960), the German brand was one of the manufacturers of the famous “mopeds,” which were nothing more than an attempt by major motorcycle manufacturers to reach a younger audience. Proof that the offerings accepted by the Museu do Caramulo are valued just as much as a donation is the Peugeot Bébé in pieces, next to which is displayed an example in full working condition that is part of the museum car collection.

But the rooms hosting this exhibition are not only filled with automobiles. The display also includes smaller, yet no less historic pieces, such as advertising signs related to the motoring world, promotional miniature models, vintage oil cans, objects autographed by drivers, and all sorts of automobilia, which are regularly offered to the Museu do Caramulo by individuals who wish to preserve and share these objects with the public.

The exhibition “The Art of Generosity” will be open from 12th November to 2nd July 2023 and is supported by the Tondela City Council, Jornal dos Clássicos, and Banco BPI | Fundação la Caixa.