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.

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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.

12.03 — 22.05.2016


The exhibition dedicated to the Councilman of Culture at the Porto City Hall focuses on his visual discourse along two strands: the documental, in which homage is paid to the dazzling path carved out by this cultural agitator, and the complementary artistic propositions put forward by those who accompanied him in his interpellations to the aesthetic as an essential vehicle for an enlightened grasp of reality.

“(...) Paying homage to Paulo Cunha e Silva through an exhibition requires coherence and complexity. It stems from our sadness over his passing, our saudade (longing), but also the need to give him his due, and our pride at doing so. Although he is gone, we still cherish that smile, which never left him. What remains are his ideas, which still hover in the air. These ranged from the profound to the skin-deep, although the latter often proved to be the most important of all – as he used to say, skin is a vital and deepest of organs. So this occasion, for Paulo Cunha e Silva and for Porto itself, must not be seen as an end-point; rather, it is a point of departure for something that is greater and, by its very nature , defies description – the work of a figure who will never leave the city, as the city will never leave him. For this man, the horizon was merely the things that he had yet to do.”

Rui Moreira
Mayor of Porto
Curated by:
Miguel Von Hafe Pérez

Graphic Design:
Esad Idea – Investigação em Design e Arte

Filipe Braga

Alberto Carneiro, Albuquerque Mendes, Cristina Mateus, Dalila Gonçalves, Gabriel Abrantes, Joana Vasconcelos, João Leonardo, João Louro, João Onofre, João Pedro Vale, Julião Sarmento, Miguel Palma, Pedro Tudela, Rodrigo Areias, Rui Chaves, Yonamine, Né Barros. 
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