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Past Exhibitions 2023

16.09 – 19.11.2023


Dueto was an invitation for two artists to share an exhibition space. It started as a proposal for a young artist from Porto to think of an artist they would like to share an exhibition with. Recalling the impact of her survey show at the Serralves Museum, Maria Paz invited Joan Jonas to share the exhibition space of the Galeria Municipal do Porto.
In this transatlantic exchange of generations, curated by Filipa Ramos, the two artists revealed their common investigations of forms, colours and materials.
 Check the exhibition's public programme, here.

17.06 — 27.08.2023

Paulo Cunha e Silva Art Prize

Created by the City Council as a tribute to the late Councillor for Culture Paulo Cunha e Silva (1962 – 2015), a central figure for the city’s artistic life, the award, held every two years in Porto, recognises the talent of new generations of national and international artists.
This year’s edition underlined the Prize’s commitment to fostering creation and cultural exchange by establishing a partnership with three world-recognised residency programmes: Arquipélago Centro de Artes in S. Miguel, Azores, Cove Park, on Scotland’s West Coast, and Pivô, in São Paulo, will all host one of the nominated artists, appointed by a jury of three members.
The Nominators for the 2023 edition of the Paulo Cunha e Silva Art Prize were: artist Ângela Ferreira, Jan van Eyck Academie Director Hicham Khalidi, and cultural programmer Tabitha Thorlu-Bangura.
The prized winners of this year's edition were:
Marilú Mapengo Námoda, was selected for the residency at Arquipélago - Centro de Artes Contemporâneas, in the Azores.
Luis M. S. Santos, selected for the Cove Park space in Scotland.
Kent Chan, who has been granted a residency at Pivô Arte e Pesquisa, in Brazil.
With the participation of: 

Euridice Zaituna KalaMarilú Mapengo Námoda and Luis M. S. Santos (nominated by Ângela Ferreira).

Rouzbeh AkhbariKent Chan and Hira Nabi (nominated by Hicham Khalidi).

Maren KarlsonMalik Nashad Sharpe (Marikiscrycrycry) and Eve Stainton (nominated by Tabitha Thorlu-Bangura).

Image credits: Dinis Santos

25.03 — 28.05 2023

Compulsive Desires - The Extraction of Lithium and Rebellious Mountains

Compulsive Desires - on Lithium Extraction and Rebellious Mountains addresses the entanglement between extractivism and exhaustion, productivity and burn-out, across scales. Curated by Marina Otero Verzier, the exhibition takes as its starting point the ongoing lithium extraction plans in the North of Portugal and the struggles sustained by local communities for their lives and rights. Battles that emphasize how, in what has been described as "green colonialism", the development of the
"renewable energy futures", too often involves the dispossession of communities and degradation of ecosystems.
Whereas the mining industry — and capitalism cravings — subjugates and exploits the mountain and its inhabitants treating them as resources to be extracted, the violence is turned into
a force for survival for these communities through collective infrastructures and embodied rituals. If mining results in social, ecological, and mental breakdown, these practices, alongside artistic expressions, break social order to create counter worlds merging the individual and the collective, the ancestral realm and future generations, the human and more-than-human, and unleashing alternative understanding of energy.
Curated by Marina Otero Verzier 
With the participation of:
Amável Antão, Anastasia Kubrak, Carlos Irijalba, Giuliana Rosso, Grupo de Investigação Territorial (Antonio del Giudice, Godofredo Enes Pereira, Jacob Bolton, Mingxin Li, Tiago Patatas), Heitor Cramez, Isidro Rodrigues, Jonas Staal & Radha D’Souza, Jonathan Uliel Saldanha, Lara Almarcegui, Leanne Wijnsma, Lithium Triangle Research Studio + Nicolas Jaar, Maarten Vanden Eynde & Edmond Musasa, Medios Libres con la Gira Zapatista, Naomi Rincón Gallardo, Natalia de la Rubia Kozlowska, Orlando Vieira Francisco, Povo de Covas do Barroso & Paulo Carneiro, Susana Caló, Susana Soares Pinto, Tanguy Pitavy, Tomás Saraceno & Aerocene Foundation.

See the public programme, here.

Image credits: Dinis Santos / Renato Cruz Santos

19.01 – 19.02.2023

Derivas e Criaturas — New Acquisitions from the Municipal Collection of Art

More than thirty artworks occupied the two floors of the Galeria Municipal do Porto during Derivas e Criaturas, the first exhibition of the Aquisições project, which aims to dynamize the Municipal Art Collection and enhance the artistic heritage of Porto through an annual programme of artwork acquisitions.
The selection of the pieces was in charge of the committee of the 2022 edition of the Aquisições project, composed by the curators Andreia Magalhães, Margarida Mendes and Melissa Rodrigues, who evaluated not only proposals directly submitted by artists and collectives of the city, but also works in context of the city's commercial galleries, during the past year.

This exhibition presented works by Alexandra Rafael, Ani Schulze, Ana Vidigal, Carla Cruz and Cláudia Lopes, Clarice Cunha, Dinis Santos, Estefanía Landesmann, Francisco Venâncio, Hilda de Paulo, Inês Leal, Inês d'Orey, Inês Tartaruga Água, Isabel Carvalho, Jiôn Kiim, Joana Patrão, Joana Pimentel, José Loureiro, Laetitia Morais, Maria Oliveira, Mariana Caló and Francisco Queimadela, Marlon de Azambuja, Mónica Baptista, Odair Monteiro, Pedro Proença, Pilar Mackenna, Rebecca Moradalizadeh, Rita Magalhães, Silêncio Coletivo, Tomás Abreu, Valter Ventura e Vera Matias.

See the public programme, here.

Image credits: Dinis Santos

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