The Museu Jorge Vieira is a Beja must-see! The former workshop and home of the renowned Portuguese sculptor was converted into a museum of his works in the 1990s.
After seeing the artist's monumental pieces displayed in public spaces around Lisbon and elsewhere in Portugal, it is a delight to visit this charming museum, and appreciate the expressive features worked on a smaller scale, in metal, clay, bronze and stone.
Calling himself "Alentejano by heart", Vieira, an abstract and surrealist pioneer, donated a significant part of his work to the city of Beja. Born in 1922, on the same day as Portuguese Nobelist José Saramago, Vieira's dramatic sculpture of the writer was donated to Beja's Municipal Library several years ago.
Honem Sol, or "Sun Man", Viera's last great work, is on display in Lisbon. Several other important pieces can be seen elsewhere in the Alentejo: "Monument to Freedom" in Grândola; "Monument to Marble" in Estremoz; "Monument to the Miner" in Aljustrel" and "Sculpture" in Redondo Tribunal.
The museum in Beja is a great before- or after- stop for anyone wanting to understand the sculptor and his progressive ideals.