Portuguese Art. Reasons and Emotions

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PORTUGUESE ART. REASONS AND EMOTIONS

2018-04-20
2019-09-29
Curatorship: Maria de Aires Silveira, Emília Tavares, Emília Ferreira

PORTUGUESE ART. REASONS AND EMOTIONS

Serpa Pinto Wing

The current exhibition of the collection covers a sizeable part of its temporal arc, from the mid-19th century to the 1980s, occupying the entirety of the galleries in the Museum wing located in Rua Serpa Pinto. The exhibition begins with portraits, a seldom addressed 19th century theme, in generational dialogues between artist collectives, and featuring unknown works by Miguel Lupi, Luciano Freire, Veloso Salgado, Duarte Faria e Maia and Constantino Fernandes.

Affinities and continuities emerge between romantic and naturalistic landscapes, although they differ in their exaltation of emotion and handling of natural light, while the exhibition also presents late 19th century nostalgic symbolism in the form of significant works and little acknowledged artists such as António Patrício and José de Brito, featuring a set of recently incorporated paintings from the Veloso Salgado Bequest which have never been exhibited.

The sense of modernity during the early decades of the 20th century, expressed by the links between Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso and the international vanguards, particularly his abstractionist works, are linked to mid-20th century protest movements and the new parameters of figuration established by Paula Rego in the Museum’s main galleries. Rarely exhibited works by Emmerico Nunes, António Soares, Abel Manta, Bernardo Marques, Mily Possoz, Jorge Barradas, Hein Semke, Jorge Oliveira, and the magnificent collages by Jorge Vieira, are also displayed.

This journey through one hundred and fifty years of Portuguese art allows seldom exhibited artists and works to be revealed, contextualising reasons among emotions and artistic sensibilities. The curatorial proposal aims to reflect on social and political entanglements, and perceptions of the modern way of being since the 19th century, by highlighting continuity and change, and tastes and concepts throughout this chronological period, in the most comprehensive, intimate and original contemporary art collection, justifying the name of this Museum founded in 1911.

(M.A.S.)






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On Exhibition

Drawing and watercolor courses

2021-09-04
2021-11-06
Drawing and watercolor courses taught by Nelson Ferreira
Class

A Brasileira do Chiado

Café Museu 1925-1971

2021-06-26
2021-09-26
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

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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

2021-06-17
2022-03-03
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.
Speeches

Francis Smith

In Search of Lost Time

2021-06-10
2021-10-03
Curatorship: Jorge Costa
Exhibition dedicated to the painter Francis Smith.
Temporary Exhibition

My Friend

Works and Documents of the Ernesto de Sousa Collection (1921-1988)

2021-05-18
2021-09-26
MNAC is associated with the celebrations of the centenary of the birth of Ernesto de Sousa, one of the most relevant personalities of contemporary Portuguese, whose influence continues to be active.
Temporary Exhibition

Heritage

Ana Vidigal e Nuno Nunes-Ferreira

2021-05-18
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Curatorship: Emília Ferreira
Two personal archives, two legacies by two artists whose parents took part in a traumatic moment in the history of Portugal.
Temporary Exhibition

Modern glances

2021-05-18
2021-09-30
Curatorship: Maria de Aires Silveira
Crossing glances and a taste for pictorial framings in the MNAC collection.
Temporary Exhibition

110 years

2021-05-18
2024-04-01
An intervention that celebrates 110 years of the MNAC.
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