Helena Almeida – S/ Título (Meu Amigo), 1974
Helena Almeida – S/ Título (Meu Amigo), 1974


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My Friend

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

This exhibition is part of a series of events to mark the 100-year anniversary of Ernesto de Sousa's birth, in which the Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea seeks to pay tribute to one of the most important figures of contemporary Portuguese art and creation, whose influence continues to be felt to this day.
Organised by Isabel Alves, who has dedicated herself to the preservation and dissemination of the artist's legacy, the exhibition places documentation (correspondence, publications, projects) alongside artworks given to Ernesto de Sousa from the 1940s to the 1980s by some of the most important national and international contemporary artists.
This dialogue between documentation and artwork provides a multifaceted and heterogeneous itinerary of his aesthetic career and affinities, reaffirming the collaborative nature that always guided his activities as an "aesthetic operator".
From post-war neorealism to the 1980s, from Almada Negreiros to Wolf Vostell, from cinema to mixed media works, from popular art to the exhibition Alternativa Zero; these are just a few examples of the vast network of artistic intervention, collaboration and reinvention of art and life that always motivated Ernesto de Sousa.
Ernesto de Sousa also played a crucial role in the promotion of Portuguese art and artists abroad and in disseminating the latest developments of the international artistic panorama within Portugal.
The aesthetic, artistic and historical range and reach of his work continues to be active and topical, inspiring new generations from various backgrounds and reaffirming the innovative and contemporary nature of his legacy.

Emília Tavares

Exhibition held with the patronage of the Millennium BCP Foundation.



  • 2021-09-21 18h00
    Guided tour with Emília Tavares
  • 2021-09-22 18h00
    Ernesto de Sousa and the Exhibition Alternativa Zero.
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On Exhibition

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.

Francis Smith

In Search of Lost Time

Curatorship: Jorge Costa
Exhibition dedicated to the painter Francis Smith.
Temporary Exhibition


Ana Vidigal e Nuno Nunes-Ferreira

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

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.