Exhibitions you can't miss in Portugal in 2020

Meet Vincent Van Gogh in Lisbon / Wikimedia Commons
Meet Vincent Van Gogh in Lisbon / Wikimedia Commons
26 February 2020, Redaction

The year 2020 is full of perfect plans for art lovers and we're taking care of preparing a cultural agenda in Portugal for you. Take the opportunity to visit some of the best exhibitions in the country and have fun in the world of painting, sculpture, photography and even animal exhibitions.

These are 5 of the exhibitions you can't miss in Portugal in 2020:

Manoel de Oliveira

Wikimedia commons
Wikimedia commons
  • Where: Casa do Cinema Manoel de Oliveira, Porto
  • When: Until 25th June, 2020
  • Websiteserralves.pt

Until 25th June, 2020 you can visit this exhibition dedicated to Manoel de Oliveira organised by the Fundação de Serralves. The exhibition presents two approaches to cinema created by the filmmaker.

First of all, visitors can enjoy an interactive videowall that represents, chronologically, the work of Manoel de Oliveira over eight decades. Using film sequences, photographs, texts, scripts and schematic drawings, visitors will be able to understand the creative process that gave rise to such individual works.

The second part of the exhibition presents five simultaneous and synchronised projections. This exercise of analysis and recomposition intends to exemplify the resonances of different moments of the same film and the particularities of the filmmaker's style. If you are a cinema lover, you cannot miss this exhibition, as well as this being a great excuse to also spend a few days in the city of Porto!

Electric – A virtual reality exhibition

Enter a new reality in the Serralves Museum / Museu Serralves
Enter a new reality in the Serralves Museum / Museu Serralves
  • Where: Museu Serralves, Porto
  • When: Until 24th May, 2020
  • Website: serralves.pt

Also organised by Fundação de Serralves, "Electric" is an exhibition commissioned by Daniel Birnbaum and with the label of Acute Art (an organisation of international artists who promote exhibitions in internationally renowned artistic institutions, using new technologies) which explores the limits of virtual reality.

This exhibition seeks to allow visitors to enjoy an increased, accessible and intelligible reality experience, without the need to use complex infrastructures. In this case, the exhibition will explore various spaces, such as: "The Third Glass", based on Marcel Duchamp's "The Large Glass", which represents a lens through which we can see new possibilities in the world of art; and "+ x, Chapter 34" where R. H. Quaytman uses a hidden image of the artist Hilma af Klint and takes observers to different states of consciousness.

Journey to the world of spiders

This exhibition lets visitors crawl into the world of spiders / Pixabay
This exhibition lets visitors crawl into the world of spiders / Pixabay
  • Where: Fábrica Centro Ciência Viva, Aveiro
  • When: Until 1st March, 2020
  • Website: ua.pt/fabrica

If you are a nature lover and you are looking for a different and original plan, this exhibition is perfect for you. "Journey to the world of spiders" features about 40 living spiders and scorpions from various continents. These eight-legged creatures, some of them poisonous, arouse fear, admiration and curiosity of both the young and the old.

At Aveiro's science museum, Fábrica Centro Ciência Viva, get ready to see tarantulas that sting, as well as scorpions and the black widow species, one of the most poisonous spiders in the world, not to mention the bird-eating tarantula, the largest species of all.

Meet Vincent Van Gogh

Meet Vincent Van Gogh in Lisbon / meetvincent.com
Meet Vincent Van Gogh in Lisbon / meetvincent.com
  • Where: Terrreiro das Missas, Belém, Lisbon
  • When: Until 31st May, 2020
  • Website: meetvincent.com 

Terreiro das Missas, in the Belém area of Lisbon, is the home of an interactive exhibition dedicated to celebrating the works of Vincent Van Gogh until 31st May, 2020. This is, without a doubt, an unusual art exhibition: it involves a life-size recreation of Van Gogh's bedroom, touches the paint from his palette, uses a microscope to discover the materials used by the painter, participates in a treasure hunt, acts as a curator of Van Gogh's works and also allows visitors to apply colour theory and perspective to create their own paintings. All this is accompanied by free projections and audio-guides that make this exhibition even more special.

Programmed Melancholy by Gabriel Abrantes

The exhibition will take place in the Museu da Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia in Lisbon / Wikipedia
The exhibition will take place in the Museu da Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia in Lisbon / Wikipedia
  • Where: Museu da Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia, Lisbon
  • When: Until 19th May, 2020
  • Website: maat.pt

Also in Lisbon, the Portuguese filmmaker and artist Gabriel Abrantes presents his first solo exhibition at MAAT (Museu da Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia). In this case, the artist, winner of the New Artists Award at EDP in 2009, presents film works that dialogue through paintings, drawings and watercolours, created over a period of more than a decade. If you are a fan of Gabriel Abrantes, this is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some of the best works of Portuguese contemporary art and the trajectory of the artist, as well as enjoying a few days in Lisbon. 

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