Afonso Chaves. CAC3549
Afonso Chaves. CAC3549

2nd Floor

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The Paradoxal Image

Francisco Afonso Chaves (1857-1926)

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.


    2016-10-12 18h30
    Opening of the exhibition

    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

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.