The Galeria Municipal do Porto has a regular programme of exhibitions and events dedicated to the contemporary visual arts, also developing specific projects in design and architecture. With the mission of presenting exhibitions that reflect on recent trends in contemporary artistic and discursive production, we promote research, exchange and dissemination of ideas stimulating a debate surrounding the arts.
Since relaunching its institutional mission in 2014, the Galeria Municipal do Porto has worked with a wide range of national and international partners in the programming and commissioning of exhibitions, performances and discussions, also stimulating long-term engagement through its learning programmes and publications. 
The Galeria Municipal do Porto has free admission on all of its activities. 
Free entry

Opening times
Tuesday – Sunday

Closed on Mondays

Rua D. Manuel II
(Jardins do Palácio de Cristal)
4050-346 Porto

+351 226 081 063
Rui Moreira

Artistic Director
Guilherme Blanc

Executive Director
Sílvia Fernandes

Senior Curator
Juan Luis Toboso

Learning Programmer
Matilde Seabra

Curatorial Assistant
Isabeli Santiago

Production Coordinator
Patrícia Vaz

Technical Coordinator
Paulo Coelho

Communication Coordinator
Lídia Queirós

Communication Adviser

Tiago Dias dos Santos
Installation and Production Support
Armando Amorim
Carlos Lopes
David Teixeira


Chairman of the Board of Directors
Catarina Araújo

Executive Directors
Ana Cláudia Almeida
César Navio

General Director of Department of Culture
Francisca Carneiro Fernandes

Director of Communication and Image
Jorge Rodrigues
  • Commissioned by:

  • Porto.
The Galeria Municipal do Porto offers guided tours of the exhibitions for the school community, of all ages and different educational groups, as well as courses, workshops and the opportunity to take part in initiatives associated to the Public Programmes.

A ping is an irregular or paced sound that anticipates a repetition or an answer and makes the listener wait and pay attention. If there is no response should we repeat it in the expectation of getting an answer? In computer language, a ping measures speed, in function of the time between sending and receiving information on a network. Between two bodies, a ping responds to a pong, so that the game will continue.
PING ! is based on the idea of a dynamic back‑and‑forth discussion and is aimed at young adults attending secondary schools or higher education. We hope that their voices will have an impact on the Galeria Municipal do Porto. This educational project’s main objectives are to encourage thinking, stimulate artistic languages, educate people for strangeness, and establish links with various geographical and symbolic contexts.

Delineated on the basis of each exhibition, with a set of 3 to 4 continuity sessions that will take place in three different venues:
In the GMP, with:
→ Open classes given by
curators, artists and experts
→ Guided tours by educators
In the Classroom, experimenting with artistic practices which are rarely included in the curriculum, with:
→ Workshops
→ Projection of films and shared readings
And Outdoors, with:
→ Wanderings
→ Sound or illustrated routes


In close dialogue with teachers who encourage students to participate in a cultural and artistic context, the educational project includes the PING! Ambassadors group, which is formed by young adults who will jointly build a meeting and reflection platform dedicated to exploring contemporaneity.
Every month there will be group‑dynamic activities, sharing of experiences and reflections, approaching them to the GMP’s curatorial and production teams. By taking on the role of PING ! Ambassadors the students are asked to share the project with their classes through actions that can involve giving guided tours, moderating conversations, revisiting artistic techniques, or other activities that each student wants to propose and implement.


Guided tours or other activities for schools and groups require prior booking, and will take place on Wednesdays, between 10 am and 1 pm; and on Thursdays and Saturdays, between 2 pm and 6 pm. Contact us by e-mail or by phone +351 226 081 063.


Participation in PING ! is free. Target Audience: young adults aged between 16 and 22, attending secondary school and the first three years of higher or university education.

To receive more information about PING ! Ambassadors contact us via email or telephone +351 226 081 063.

30.11 — 05.02.2017


Focusing on the Leica collection and the company’s history (and its presence in Portugal), Eyes Wide Open, 100 years of Leica photography offers a significant range of images, from the early 20th century, to the present day. The Leica camera (the name derives from a contraction of the words “Leitz” and “Camera”) is a canonical, fetishistic object embedded in our collective imagination. It has been the mainstay of many of the most significant careers in professional photography – including photojournalism and documentary photography – and the arts in general. This exhibition offers the opportunity to discover many iconic images that constitute a true historic profile of 100 years of western visual culture.
The exhibition, organized by Porto City Council and curated by Hans-Michael Koetzle, highlights key aspects of photographic theory and practice. The issues covered range from technological and aesthetic developments to ethical and deontological concerns, including new forms of creative expressions by artists.
Structured across thirteen sections, including one dedicated to Portugal, the exhibition explores how the 35mm film format has transformed the photographic gaze in the context of the history of art and culture, the impact of smaller-sized cameras on the creative work of amateurs, artists and photojournalists and, above all, how visual language has changed over recent decades and how this has modified our perception of the world.
Curated by:
Hans-Michael Koetzle

Curatorial consultant for the portuguese section:
Emília Tavares

Exhibition Design:
Tiago Casanova

Graphic Design:
Esad Idea – Investigação em Design e Arte

Centro Português de Fotografia e Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea – Museu do Chiado

Oskar Barnack, Mehemed Fehmy Agha, Arvid Gutschow, Elisabeth Hase, René-Jacques, Hans Saebens, Alexander Rodtschenko, Anton Stankowski, Paul Wolff, Ellen Auerbach, Ilse Bing, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Heinrich Heidersberger, Peter Humter-Salomon, Lothar Rübelt, Erich Salomon, Alfred Tritschler, Eva Kemlein, Ulrich Mack, Hans Saebens, Christer Strömholm, Walter Vogel, Édouart Boubat, Ara Güler, Franz Hubmann, Herbert List, Sabien Weiss, Ramón Masats, Leopoldo Pomés, Ricard Terré, Werner Bischof, Raymond Depardon, Elliot Erwitt, Thomas Hoepker, Alberto Korda, Robert Lebeck, Inge Morath, Marc Riboud, Sebastião Salgado, Nick Ut, Bruno Barbey, Gianni Berengo Gardin, René Burri, Bruce Davidson, Leonard Freed, Will McBride, Gabriele & Helmut Nothhelfer, Louis Stettner, John Bulmer, William Eggleston, Mitch Epstein, Fred Harzog, Wilmar Koenig, Saul Leiter, Joel Meyerowitz, F. C. Gundlach, Paolo Roversi, Jeanloup Sieff, Mark Coehen, Claude Dityvon, Barbara Klemm, Susan Meiselas, Christian Skrein, Christer Strömholm, Nobuyoshi Araki, Bernd Arnold, Julia Baier, Michel Vanden Eeckhoudt, François Fontaine, Bruce Gilden, Andrea Hoyer, Viktor Kolár, Rudi Meisel, Jeff Mermelstein, Bertrand Mennier, Paulo Nozolino, Kai Wiedenhöfer, Herbie Yamaguchi, Carlos Afonso Dias, Jorge Silva Araújo, Carlos Calvet, Gérard Castello-Lopes, Jorge Guerra, Victor Palla.
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