A collection of over eighty drawings and paintings on paper make up the exhibition Metamorphoses of Humanity, by painter Graça Morais. Reflecting on the multiple faces of human nature, with its weaknesses and frightening predatory attitudes, these recent drawings by Graça Morais (carried out in 2018) offer us, as if in a broken mirror, multiple reflections of our many everyday fears: war, exclusion, absolute loss, hunger and death. In each of the works on display, like in small pieces of a fragmented world, we recognise emotions that are familiar to us. Greed, the ability to destroy, the will to refuse another their humanity and dignity, and the desire for control — all of these are present. But there’s more. Alongside the suffering of the victims, also depicted here, in their silent and ultimate act of resistance, irrepressible in their demand for dignity, the obstinate path towards hope is seen to emerge. Empathy for the victims, the ability to give a voice to the voiceless, is felt and heard in these works that put a magnifying glass up to the great tensions of our time, condensed in disturbing and moving images.In addition to the works that featured previously, in 2018, at the Graça Morais Contemporary Art Centre in Bragança, the MNAC exhibition now includes other recent works. After Lisbon, it will be Porto’s turn to host Metamorphoses of Humanity, in the Soares dos Reis National Museum, from 25 July to 29 September.
MNAC - Rua Capeloentry: General Conditions
Metamorphoses of Humanity
Curatorship: Jorge da Costa e Emília Ferreira
Curatorship: Maria de Aires Silveira e Emília Ferreira
Curatorship: Mistaker Maker
the 25 years of the Association CAIS
Inês Norton. Please do (not) touch
Curatorship: Adelaide Ginga e Emília Ferreira
Inês Norton exhibition, reminds us of the urgency of regaining full consciousness of our body. At the cost of surely losing touch with the essence of what it means to be human
Curatorship: Adelaide Ginga
The CT1LN project, by Henrique Vieira Ribeiro, has been in development since 2014 and consists of the artistic interpretation of a collection accumulated over the course of four decades by amateur radio personality Paulo V.
Rui Macedo. (In)dispensable or Painting that Unsettles the Museum’s Collection.
Curatorship: Emília Ferreira
Reminding us that an artist is a hunter-gatherer, a collector of meanings, forms, problems and proposals, this exhibition highlights the fact that a museum is a place of constant and unsettling discovery.
PORTUGUESE ART. REASONS AND EMOTIONS
Curatorship: Maria de Aires Silveira, Emília Tavares, Emília Ferreira
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.