Galeria Municipal do PortoGaleria Municipal do Porto

  • Thursday, November 29, between 3 and 6pm

    Resonances of a Garden: Workshop for schools with Alexandra Rafael

    From the collection of organic elements made by the artist in the gardens of Palácio de Cristal, we will create archives of textures and shapes, crossed with botanical illustrations from history and many years of study and observation. 
    And what about the location? 
    - There's no better place for this workshop than a space with different printing possibilities, such as Oficina Mescla. This space, run by various artists, has dedicated itself to different printing techniques: from the oldest to the most recent, here we will explore decals, frottages and various transfers; observation drawing techniques and many others, always with the material in hand: leaves, petals and some branches.
    What Nature has given us will be used for a large "atlas-poster", made by several hands, generating reflections between images, shapes and stains; resonances of a garden imprinted forever.
    Alexandra Rafael is a printmaker born in 1990 in Coimbra, Portugal.
    She graduated in Fine Arts and completed her master's degree in Drawing and Printing Techniques at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto in 2014, during which she began researching transfer processes for printmaking. 
    Since then she has worked as an independent artist, updating her research through her artistic production, participating in various artist residencies and group and solo exhibitions, and in 2016 she won the grand prize at the Vila Verde International Biennial of Young Art.  
    In 2019 she founded the Mescla printmaking workshop together with Master Tomás Dias, where she has been developing a teaching practice as a tutor and trainer of printing techniques in various contexts.

    Image: Karen Lacroix
  • Thursday, November 30 at 7pm

    Terra – Conference with Gabriela de Matos and Paulo Tavares

    This year marks the 18th edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale with the central theme being Laboratory of the Future. In this talk, Gabriela de Matos and Paulo Tavares - curators of the Brazil Pavilion - will share what it was like to think of Brazil as Terra [Earth], in the exhibition that won the Golden Lion. 
    In their own words, they explain that earth is "soil, fertiliser, ground and territory. But it is also earth in its global and cosmic sense, as a planet and the common home of all life, human and non-human. Earth as memory, and also as future, looking at the past and heritage to broaden the field of architecture in the face of the most pressing contemporary urban, territorial and environmental issues." 
    The conversation will be moderated by Andreia Garcia, curator of Portugal's official representation at the Venice Biennale, and will also aim to showcase other projects that Gabriela and Paulo are developing independently in Brazil.
    Auditório da Biblioteca Municipal Almeida Garrett

    To attend the conference the free ticket must be collected (maximum 2 per person) up to 15 minutes before the event starts. Reservations can be made in advance by emailing

    Images: Rafa Jacinto / Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

    Gabriela de Matos is an Afro-Brazilian architect and urban planner, born in Vale do Rio Doce in Minas Gerais. She creates multidisciplinary projects with the aim of promoting and highlighting Brazilian architectural and urban culture from the perspective of race and gender. She graduated from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at PUC Minas in 2010. She currently teaches undergraduate Architecture and Urbanism at Escola da Cidade. She is the CEO of Estúdio de Arquitetura – Gabriela de Matos, created in 2014.  
    She was also vice-president of the São Paulo department of the Brazilian Institute of Architects (2020-2022), and is the founder of the project Arquitetas Negras, which maps the production of black Brazilian architects. De Matos researches architecture produced in Africa and its diaspora with a focus on Brazil. She proposes actions that promote the debate on gender and race in architecture as a means of bringing visibility to the issue. 
    Paulo Tavares explores the interfaces between architecture, visual cultures, curatorship, theory and advocacy. Operating across multiple mediums, his work opens up a collaborative arena focused on environmental justice and counter-narratives in architecture. His designs and texts have been featured in various national and international exhibitions and publications, including Harvard Design Magazine, The Architectural Review, the Oslo Architecture Triennial, the Istanbul Design Biennale, and the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo - Live Uncertainty.  
    Tavares was co-curator of the Chicago Architecture Biennale 2019 (USA) and is currently a member of the curatorial board of the second edition of the Sharjah Architecture Triennale 2023 (UAE). He has curated several projects like the Climate Emergency > Emergence, at the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon (Portugal).  
    He is the author of several texts and books that question the colonial legacies of modernity, including Forest Law/Floresta Jurídica (2014), Des-Habitat (2019), Memória da terra (2019), Lúcio Costa era racista? (2020), and Derechos No-Humanos (2022). His design projects are also featured at this year's Biennale in the Arsenal pavilion. 
    Andreia Garcia is a PhD architect, curator and teacher. Her interests focus on the contemporary practice of architecture in an era marked by strong technological advances and a progressive ecological crisis. She has lectured at the School of Architecture at the University of Minho and at the Architectural Association. She is a professor and vice-president of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Beira Interior. She is the founder of Architectural Affairs, the Architecture Gallery and director of the art(e)facts Biennial. She is the curator of the Portuguese representation at the 18th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia 2023. 
  • 09.12.2023 – 10.03.2024

    The Sylvan and Harsh North

    What are the meteorological patterns, the myths and stories, the rhythms, colours and shapes, the human and nonhuman inhabitants that make up the Iberian Northwest, in its reality and fiction?
    Wondering about the rituals and expressive modes of people, animals, plants, elements and minerals, we went looking for the roots, terminations and tentacles of the Iberian Northwest, trying to locate the places where they might reside. In doing so, we considered the past but above all faced the present-future of these concrete and imagined spaces between seas, woods and settlements. The Sylvan and Harsh North is an exhibition that follows roads and lines of intensity, centrifugal forces that take us beyond Porto, towards those supposed margins where permutations erupt, to discover and share the references, stories, words and connections to these places with a long past and an even longer future. Curated by Filipa Ramos and Juan Luis Toboso.
    Curated by Filipa Ramos and Juan Luis Toboso.
  • Saturday, December 9th at 4pm

    Opening: Norte Silvestre Agreste

    The Galeria Municipal will open its last exhibition of 2023 with Sylvan Harsh North, a project curated by Filipa Ramos and Juan Luis Toboso featuring the participation of Alejandra Pombo Su, Cem Raios T’abram, Daniel Moreira e Rita Castro Neves, Diego Vites, Judith Adataberna, Lara and Noa Castro Lema, Lois Patiño, Mariana Barrote, Mariana Caló and Francisco Queimadela, Maruja Mallo, Óliver Laxe, Salvador Cidrás, Vicente Blanco and Von Calhau!

    To visit until March 10, 2024.
  • Saturday, December 9th at 5pm

    The Sylvan and Harsh North: Performance by Mouræ (Lois Búa)

    Crónica da Cabria is the title of Mouræ's performance, which materialises through a sound collage of different origins, reflecting the links between fantasy and reality, future and past, while pondering the possible conflicts of its idealisation.
    Based on sound recordings of trades and labours that are gradually disappearing, remixed with sounds from the present, this sound collage follows the reverse journey of the conger eel, which is dried in Cábrias de Muxia (Galicia) and marketed in Calatayud (Castile). 
    This session will be presented in direct relation to the installation by the artist Diego Vites, part of this exhibition.
  • Saturday, December 9th at 6pm

    The Sylvan and Harsh North: Performance by Lara & Noa Castro Lema

    "Birds die and sing once again in favour of poetry. Women are transmuted into birds. The voice has the power to transform beings, for better or for worse."
    Galician artist duo Lara & Noa Castro Lema will present a performance centred on oral tradition and the logics of sharing knowledge through story, music and memory. Their research has investigated these practices through the voice, crossing human and animal sonorities to think about the possibilities of fantasy and connection with the world.
    This two-voice performance will focus on the myth of the extinct Aurochs and the endangered Capercaillie. The moment accompanies the film that the duo is presenting at the exhibition. 
  • Wednesday December 13th, from 3pm to 6pm

    Exodus walk for schools, with Paralaxe

    All interested classes can sign up to take part in this Exodus by emailing
    All routes are carried out on foot. 
    Meeting point to be defined.

    Image: Teresa Miranda
  • Thursday, December 14, at 7pm

    Zoos humanos, ethnic freaks y exhibiciones etnológicas – Conference with Hasan G. López Sanz

    This conference will address some of the issues that Spanish philosopher Hasan G. López Sanz has been investigating, such as the complex relationships between exoticism and education, anthropology and colonial memory, restitution and reparation. 
    The presentation will also consider how contemporary art has materialised these ideas, particularly through the work of artists who have deconstructed the colonial thinking that often persists in some of the human sciences and academia.
    "Zoos humanos, ethnic freaks y exhibiciones etnológicas. Una aproximación desde la antropología, la estética y la creación artística contemporánea", published by Hasan Lópes in 2017, was also one of the many references for building the core knowledge of the "Memória de Elefante" axis of Ping! The book, published by the Concreta publishing house, deals with important topics for reflection and debate on these matters, such as the Estado Novo's decision to organise the "First Portuguese Colonial Exhibition" in Porto's Palácio de Cristal Gardens in 1934.
    Auditório da Biblioteca Municipal Almeida Garrett

    To attend the conference the free ticket must be collected (maximum 2 per person) up to 15 minutes before the event starts. Reservations can be made in advance by emailing

    Images: [2]Lurdes Basoli, Eclipse [ongoing project]
    [1]Andrés Pachon, La Derrota del Rostro [exhibition view], 2018 (in collaboration with Hasan G. López Sanz)

    Hasan G. López Sanz
    has a PhD in Philosophy. He is a lecturer in Aesthetics and Art Theory at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Valencia, an associate researcher at CRAL (Centre de Recherches sur les Arts et le Langage) in Paris, and a member and director of the research group "Grupo de estudios visuales sobre memoria de la esclavitud, el colonialismo y sus legados", among other projects.
    His research centres on the image, its practices and public uses, especially in relation to anthropology, aesthetics and contemporary art. Her publications include books such as "Zoos humanos, ethnic freaks y exhibiciones etnológicas. Una aproximación desde la antropología, la estética y la creación artística contemporánea" (Concreta, 2017), "Let's bring blacks home! Colonial imagination and ways of graphically approaching black people in Africa" (1880-1968) (PUV, 2020).
  • Visitas-Pavão to the Gardens

    Visitas-Pavão to the Gardens

     To participate in the Visitas-Pavão, all interested groups can register through the email
    Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 6 pm.
    Duration: 90 min.
  • Exodus for Schools

    To participate in the Exodus, all interested groups can register through the email
    All routes are carried out on foot. 
    Meeting point to be defined.
    Thursday and Friday, 10am-1pm and 2pm-6pm. Duration: 120min
  • Saturday, March 9th at 6pm

    The Sylvan and Harsh North: Performance by Alejandra Pombo Su

    Alejandra Pombo Su's artistic practice moves between the visual, audiovisual and performing arts. Based on dreamlike visions and imaginings, her works represent emotions and imagined figurations as much as concrete people, animals and places, exploring the relationship between the feminine and the animal, the natural and the sensory, the unforeseen, the ineffable and the imagined. 
    In the artist's performance, which will mark the closing of the exhibition, the artist will explore the animal presence through the modulation, vibration and intensity of the voice, as a body that detaches itself from its skin and connects to a non-corporeal, open and undefined place. 
    Venue to be announced soon.


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