The Galeria Municipal do Porto hosts 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 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 and editorial programmes.
The Galeria Municipal do Porto has free admission and the support of EDP Foundation as the main patron.

The Galeria Municipal do Porto is a project by the City Council of Porto with free admission.
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4050-346 Porto

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Rui Moreira

Artistic Director
Guilherme Blanc

Executive Director
Sílvia Fernandes

Senior Curator
Juan Luis Toboso

Education Service 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


General Director of Department of Culture
Francisca Carneiro Fernandes

  • Patron:

  • Commissioned by:

  • Fundação Edp
  • Porto.
Expo’98 no Porto is a competition which attributes two grants for the development and production of two exhibitions in the Galeria Municipal do Porto in 2019 and 2020.

As a municipal institution, the Galeria Municipal's mission is to present exhibitions that promote a reflection about contemporary artistic and discursive trends. Expo’98 no Porto aims to include within this overall reflection on the role of the Galeria Municipal a project which will strengthen the relationship between the singularity of its programming identity and the city’s artistic and curatorial practices.

Directed at curators and artists residing in Porto during the entire period of design and implementation of the exhibitions, Expo’98 no Porto has a total budget of 98.000 euros. The two exhibitions chosen within the competition will be presented at the Galeria Municipal: the first exhibition, with a 34,000 euros budget , will open in December 2019, and the second exhibition, with a 64.000 euros budget , will open in 2020.

Applications must be sent to from March 1, 2019.


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Daniela Agostinho

Daniela Agostinho is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen. A PhD in Cultural Studies from the Portuguese Catholic University, she is the author of several international publications on visual culture and feminist theory. She was the curator of the Artists Film International (MAAT, 2017) and the individual of Aimée Zito Lema (Gulbenkian Museum, with Ana Cachola and Luísa Santos, 2018).

Miguel Ferrão
Holds a BA in Painting by FBAUL, a MA in Philosophy-Aesthetics by FCSH-UNL, and currently is a PhD candidate in Artistic Studies - Art and Mediations by the same institution. Since 2010, partners with Eduardo Guerra as Musa paradisiaca, an artistic project shortlisted for EDP Foundation's New Artists Award (2013) and Sonae Media Art Prize (2015). Collaborated as curatorial assistant with ZDB Gallery (2008-2010) and coordinated the programme “Aguêdê-Alê” in São Tomé and Príncipe (2010-2013).

Nuno Faria
Graduated in art history and archeology. He is the artistic director of CIAJG - José de Guimarães International Arts Center, curator and professor at ESAD - School of Arts and Design of Caldas da Rainha.

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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