kings of portugal (2004 – 2005)

A collection of 34 framed busts of the Kings of Portugal embellishes the Museum’s walls, made entirely of bread dough. For nine centuries, these sovereigns guided the destiny of the Portuguese people. Now, they are reborn through the hands of skilled artists from the Bread Dough Workshop at Museu do Pão. These surprising and original works of art demonstrate that Bread is not only mankind’s main food, but also a raw material that can be worked and moulded, creating pieces of significant artistic value. The art of working with bread dough dates back to the Egyptians, who are known to have placed decorative pieces made of bread dough in the tombs of the Pharaohs. Throughout the centuries, and after much research, that art developed and gained its own space in the national artistic landscape.