Lourdes Castro, Sombra projectada de René Bértholo, 1964
Lourdes Castro, Sombra projectada de René Bértholo, 1964

Floor 3

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AVANT-GARDE AND NEO-AVANT-GARDE MOVEMENTS in 20th and 21st century portuguese art

Curatorship: Rui Afonso Santos

While it boasts the best collection of 19th-century art in Portugal, the Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea – Museu do Chiado also has a collection of 20th- and 21st-century Portuguese art that gives the visitor a comprehensive and detailed insight into the sweep of Modernism and Post-Modernism in Portugal. This exhibition does not provide an exhaustive cataloguing of such works, but it does present an objective and expertly curated anthology of some of those movements by revealing pieces by some of Portugal’s most skilled artists to the public. Together with the presentation of individual works, the quality and breadth of works by the artists featured in the MNAC collection, due to their conceptually coherent approach, have allowed us to put together more extensive groups of works by individual artists, as in the case of Lanhas, Joaquim Rodrigo and Lourdes Castro.

The overriding criterion for inclusion was each artist’s alignment with the international scene of the time, from Modernism to contemporary art – sometimes acting as a forerunner to these currents – and the critical and public recognition of their artistic endeavours. All of them are key figures in the modern historiography of Portuguese art, and any one of them might figure in an overarching history of modern
and contemporary Western art. 

Rui Afonso Santos 



    2016-06-16 19h00
All Activities 1

On Exhibition

Imago 2021

Joakim Eskildsen

MNAC is, once again, a partner of the Imago Lisboa festival, whose exhibition proposals will be distributed in various spaces in the city and welcomes, in this edition, the work of the photographer, Joakim Eskildsen
Temporary Exhibition

The artist of the moment: the Paleolithic Man

An exhibition by cartoonist Luís Afonso
Solo show

Drawing and watercolor courses

Drawing and watercolor courses taught by Nelson Ferreira

A Brasileira do Chiado

Café Museu 1925-1971

Curatorship: Maria de Aires Silveira, Raquel Henriques da Silva
The Café Museu da Brasileira on display at the MNAC
Temporary Exhibition

The Pathway to the Light as It Goes along the Light

Curated by João Biscainho, the inaugural exhibition of the new Millennium bcp Gallery presents a selection of works in a dialogue between the MNAC and Millennium bcp collections, and other national and international collections.
Colective Exhibition

Cycle “Women Painters in the Ibero-American World” 2021-2022

Cycle of lectures presented by Painters who were especially active in the Ibero-American World and who over the centuries have contributed to reducing gender bias and putting an end to a series of stereotypes in the world of the arts.

Modern glances

Curatorship: Maria de Aires Silveira
Crossing glances and a taste for pictorial framings in the MNAC collection.
Temporary Exhibition

110 years

An intervention that celebrates 110 years of the MNAC.