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.

02.06 — 13.08.2017

Um projecto de acção científica social e política

Contemporary art from more than 90 national and international artists compose Them or Us!, an exhibition of political and social science fiction, in which the future intersects with the past, originating the present and which is guided by the maxim of Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov, according to whom “in history, we talk about what happened, in art, we talk about what might have happened”.
Curated by Paulo Mendes, the exhibition relates past and future to present a version of the present, based on the multiplicity of works from various artists from different areas and ideas that were just taken as a definition of the present: an era of free movement, abolition of frontiers, and elimination of walls. Social equilibrium is guaranteed by the triumph of a society based on consumerism and speculative wealth, and that this is the end of history.
Them or Us! presents a conceptual machine which uses the idea of the “invader” in its various possible formulations, the creation of fear of “the other” - resulting from invasion of national territories by refugees, terrorists or tourists, and biological invasions via new viruses, contaminations, and contemporary mutations that are altering the original, primitive body.

Designed and Curated by:
Paulo Mendes

Graphic Design:
Joana Pestana, Paulo Mendes 

Museu Militar do Porto, Regimento de Transmissões do Porto, Museu de Anatomia, Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar, Museu da Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto

Alberto García-Alix, Alexandra Moura, André Alves, André Cepeda, André Trindade, Andres Serrano, Angela Bulloch, Ângela Ferreira, Antoni Muntadas, António Areal, António Caramelo, António Júlio Duarte, António Melo, António Olaio, António Palolo, Arlindo Silva, Axel Stockburger, Carlos Correia, Cory Arcangel, Christian Andersson, Christian Boltanski, Christopher Williams, Cristina Mateus, Daniel Barroca, Didier Fiúza Faustino, Eduardo Batarda, Eduardo Matos, Erwin Wurm, Estelita Mendonça, Fernando Brito, Fernando Brízio, Fernando José Pereira, Fernando J. Ribeiro, Filipa César, Francisco Queirós, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Haim Steinbach, Horácio Frutuoso, Hugo Canoilas, Hugo de Almeida Pinho, Ignasi Aballí, Igor Jesus, Jérémy Pajeanc, João Biscainho, João Ferro Martins, João Maria Gusmão e Pedro Paiva, João Marçal, João Onofre, João Pina, John Baldessari, Jonathan Monk, Jorge Molder, Jorge Lourenço, José Almeida Pereira, Juan Araújo, Julião Sarmento, Lara Torres, Lawrence Weiner, Leonor Antunes, Luís Paulo Costa, Mafalda Santos, Manuel Santos Maia, Maria Trabulo, Max Frey, Miguel Palma, Miguel Soares, Mike Kelley, Nikolai Nekh, Norman McLaren, Nuno Pimenta, Nuno Ramalho, Patrícia Almeida, Paulo T. Silva, Pedro Tudela, Pierre Candide, Renato Ferrão, Rita Castro Neves, Rodrigo Oliveira, Rogério Ribeiro, Rogelio López Cuenca, Rosa Ramalho, Rosângela Rennó, Rui Manuel Vieira, Rui Toscano, Ryan Gander, Stefan Brüggemann, Taryn Simon, Tiago Alexandre, Tito Mouraz, Von Calhau, Yonamine.