Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro,  Ida Bordalo Pinheiro e Virgínia Lopes de Mendonça Portrait, 1910,  col. MNAC,Inv. 626
Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro, Ida Bordalo Pinheiro e Virgínia Lopes de Mendonça Portrait, 1910, col. MNAC,Inv. 626

1 Floor

entry: General Conditions

VIRGÍNIA LOPES DE MENDONÇA (Lisboa, 1881-1969)

2018-10-12
2018-10-20
Curatorship: Maria de Aires Silveira

Virgínia Lopes de Mendonça is known for her works of children's literature, usually illustrated by her brother, Vasco Lopes de Mendonça. Daughter of the playwright Henrique Lopes de Mendonça and Maria Amélia Lopes de Mendonça, the sister of Columbano, she gained considerable success from 1945 onwards with her short stories in children's magazines and novels for young girls, such as A Gaivota [The Seagull] and Quadros da vida [Tales of Life]. Her popular play Maria Migalha, displayed here, was staged at the National Theatre in 1936.

The iconic Columbano painting, from 1910, shows Virginia’s face illuminated by a magazine, possibly Serões, of which her father, HLM, was director, from 1907-1908. The light projected onto her face is crossed with shadows and the composition has the intimate nature of a living room. She was the favourite niece of Columbano, who praised her work in a letter, saying ‘it is among the best that I have seen in the genre’. M.A.S.







On Exhibition

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

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2022-09-23
2022-11-11
Curatorship: RUI AFONSO SANTOS
The house and the domestic environment have been recurrent subjects in Mimi Tavares´ work
Solo show

WHY?

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

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

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