Afonso Chaves. CAC3549
Afonso Chaves. CAC3549

2nd Floor

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The Paradoxal Image

Francisco Afonso Chaves (1857-1926)

2016-10-13
2017-02-26
Curatorship: Victor dos Reis e Emília Tavares

This project presents for the first time a retrospective exhibition of the stereoscopic photographs of Francisco Afonso Chaves, the Azorean naturalist whose photographic archive is largely held by the Museu Carlos Machado in Ponta Delgada and by his family.

The extensive photographic work of Afonso Chaves accompanies him throughout his public and private life and is therefore the basis of three complementary exhibitions: the first one now presented at the MNAC – Museu do Chiado and the other two at the Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência, in Lisbon, and at the Museu Carlos Machado, in Ponta Delgada, which will take place in 2017. These three exhibitions result from a thorough investigation conducted by Victor dos Reis in collaboration with many other Portuguese and international researchers.

Afonso Chaves had a leading role in the scientific development in Portugal and he had a wide range of interests, from biology to geology, geophysics, volcanology, seismology and meteorology. The cosmopolitanism and modernity of his life are reflected on his scientific work and on his photographic activity. They contribute to expand the interest of his oeuvre, unknown to the public and absent from the history of Portuguese photography, and they also present an Azorean in the centre of the world.

His stereoscopic images form a broad and original album on scientific themes but also reveal the restless photographer, captivated by events, by nature, by the sheer delight of the world’s shapes, by social snapshots, by travel photography or by the magical nature of the mechanical image. In this way, they present a rare and creative dialogue between art and science, and a fascination with the paradox and duality of the photographic image between the truth and its representation, between the representation and its visual perception, between the mechanical register and its sensitive interpretation.

With this exhibition the MNAC – Museu do Chiado, in partnership with the Museu Carlos Machado and the Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência, further contributes to the study and diffusion of 19th century Portuguese photography, revealing yet another one of its charismatic creators.







Activities

    2016-10-12 18h30
    Opening of the exhibition
    2016-10-27
    2016-10-29

    09h30
    Stereo and Immersive Media - Photography and Sound Research 2016
    2016-11-09 18h30
    Guided tour
    2017-01-14 16h30
    Guided tour
    2017-02-08 18h30
    Guided tour
All Activities 3

On Exhibition

Music in the MNAC's Garden

2022-08-05
2022-08-26
Summer Nights - Music Concerts
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short film ‘Azul no Azul’ (Blue in Blue)

2022-07-28
2022-09-15
Curatorship: Nelson Ferreira
short experimental film ‘Azul no Azul’ (Blue in Blue) is a cinematic journey inside the sculpture garden of MNAC - The National Museum of Contemporary Art
Video

Painting rarefied the spirit

2022-07-28
2022-10-30
Curatorship: Hilda Frias
After an artistic residency at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, what you see here is the fruit of persistent work and research by Nelson Ferreira.
Solo show

Exhibition

COTA 1.20 at MNAC's PeP Gallery

2022-07-21
2022-09-04
Curatorship: Sílvia Berény e Rita Brandão
WALKING BY A GROUP OF CHILDREN FROM THE OSMOPE SCHOOL ON RUA MOUZINHO DA SILVEIRA IN PORTO
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Veloso Salgado

from Lisbon to Wissant. Itinerary of a Portuguese painter

2022-07-02
2022-12-15
Curatorship: Maria de Aires Silveira
Exhibition Veloso Salgado from Lisbon to Wissant. Itinerary of a Portuguese painter - integrated in the Portugal-France Season (Crusade)
Temporary Exhibition

111 years

2022-05-26
2024-04-01
An intervention that celebrates 110 years of the MNAC.
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‘There’s a shite stunk in the air… Dad’s oot oan bail! by Edgar Martins

2022-05-25
2022-08-21
There’s a shite stunk in the air… Dad’s oot oan bail!
Solo show

THE OTHER LIFE OF ANIMALS

2022-05-05
2022-08-28
Curatorship: Emília Ferreira
This exhibition of real and fantastic animals features works of drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture and media art, having been designed for a younger audience, but where all ages are welcome.
Temporary Exhibition

'I don't know if I can wish you a happy year'.

2022-04-14
2022-08-28
Curatorship: Adelaide Duarte
'I don't know if I can wish you a happy year'. Works from the Mário Teixeira da Silva collection curated by Adelaide Duarte
Temporary Exhibition

Populated landscapes

Narratives from the MNAC collection (1850-1930)

2022-02-16
2022-08-28
Curatorship: Maria Aires Silveira
The aesthetics of the landscape, in dialogue with the presence and human intervention in nature.
Temporary Exhibition

Maria Eugénia & Francisco Garcia

A Colection

2021-11-18
2022-09-18
Curatorship: Maria de Aires Silveira, Cristina Azevedo Tavares e Raquel Henriques da Silva
MNAC exhibits the collection of Maria Eugénia and Francisco Garcia
Temporary Exhibition