2nd Floor

entry: General Conditions

The seduction of modernity

2017-04-27
2018-03-31
Curatorship: Maria de Aires Silveira
This exhibition highlights literature's importance as a primary influence on new artistic ideas in the mid-nineteenth century, introduced by a bold notion of modernity that ran counter to academicism and stood as a provocation against institutionalised taste.

In the generation that was to follow, the modern art practised by Grupo do Leão emerged around the figure of Silva Porto, featuring paintings in "plein air" and the use of intense chromaticism. Columbano's notion of modernity at the heart of his portraits of intellectual elites was connected to the novelty of some symbolisms and introduced an idea of representing reality that presaged modernism.

The chronological markers in the Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea's collection begin in 1850 with the dissenting of Romanticism and proceed through the final decades of the nineteenth century as the concept of modernity came to be explored by the landscape painters and portraitists of Grupo do Leão. This collection thus incorporates the most significant works of nineteenth century Portuguese art, while the fascination with subsequent modernist projects reflects a true seduction, linked to the ideas explored in the exhibition Avant-garde and Neo-Avant-garde Movements in 20th and 21st Century Portuguese Art. Spanning a wide-ranging period from 1850 to the present day, this is a unique collection marked by the consistency of its works.







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Activities

    2017-04-26 19h00
    Opening of the exhibition The Seduction of Modernity
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On Exhibition

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MOSAIC | a collective imagination
Colective Exhibition

Echoes of Nature

Manuela Marques

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Curatorship: Emília Tavares
Exhibition within the scope of the Portugal-France 2022 Season
Solo show

IMAGO LISBOA Photo Festival

Harri Pälviranta

2022-10-07
2023-01-08
The IMAGO LISBOA Photo Festival is a remarkable event in the national and international photography scene. This year with the exhibitions “Battered”; “Choreography of Violence”; “News Portraits”
Solo show

Multiplicity

Lisbon Architecture Triennale

2022-10-02
2023-01-08
Curatorship: Tau Tavengwa, Vyjayanthi Rao
We hold a major forum of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale every three years for the debate, discussion and dissemination of architecture that crosses geographic and disciplinary boundaries.
Colective Exhibition

WHY?

2022-09-23
2023-01-08
Curatorship: Ana Matos
WHY? CONTEMPORARY ART IN DIALOGUE WITH THE THOUGHT OF JOSÉ SARAMAGO
Temporary Exhibition

Veloso Salgado

from Lisbon to Wissant. Itinerary of a Portuguese painter

2022-07-02
2022-12-15
Curatorship: Maria de Aires Silveira, MNAC e Elikya Kandot, Directora do museu de Boulogne-sur-mer
Exhibition Veloso Salgado from Lisbon to Wissant. Itinerary of a Portuguese painter - integrated in the Portugal-France Season (Crusade)
Other places

Since 1911

2022-05-26
2024-04-01
An intervention that celebrates 110 years of the MNAC.
111 years

Maria Eugénia & Francisco Garcia

A Colection

2021-11-18
2022-12-31
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