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  • Maíra Mafra finishes her residency at CCC OD in Tours, France

    Maíra Mafra, the artist who won the Open Call launched by GMP for an artist's residency at the Centre de Création Contemporaine Olivier Debré (CCC OD) in Tours, France, is about to finish her two-month research.
    During her residency, the Portuguese-Brazilian artist dedicated herself to exploring the city's buildings and their surfaces. From the porosity to the crevices and cracks, from the insects that inhabit these small spaces to the sound of the Loire river currents, Mafra reflected on the possible dialogues between human and non-human practices of inhabiting the urban landscape.
    The project also included an exhibition, where some of the results of this process could be seen, which were materialised in a wide variety of ways, combining clay, drawing, photography and video.
    Photography: Vincent Royer
  • João Laia, on "forms of the surrouding futures" @Ensaio, RTP

    RTP's "Ensaio" television programme visited the exhibition " forms of the surrounding futures" and interviewed João Laia. To watch, click here.
  • forms of the surrounding futures @Público, by Mariana Duarte

    The exhibition "forms of the surrounding futures" featured in the online and print editions of the Público newspaper. To read more, click here.
  • Centre de Creation Contemporaine Olivier Debre, França

    Maíra Mafra is the selected artist for the CCCOD residency

    Maíra Mafra is the winning artist of the Open Call launched by Galeria Municipal do Porto for an artist's residency at the Centre de Création Contemporaine Olivier Debré (CCCOD). Starting on 1 May 2024, Maíra Mafra will carry out a two-month research residency at this partner centre located in Tours, France.
    In the artist's words: "In the practices of inhabiting, humans and other forms of life, we all obtain the raw material for our subsistence from the environment. There is no separation between organism and environment, says Tim Ingold. How can we relate to other species, despite a division (hierarchical and even hostile) sustained by modern science? These reflections mobilise research into the relationship between living beings and their habitats in the urban environment. This is the result of modern industrialisation, urbanism and hygiene, which have defined forms of control over species: from the minimum housing unit to pest control. To elaborate on these questions, I'll use observation, speculation and fabrication about human and non-human building systems in the city of Tours".
    Maíra Mafra (Rio de Janeiro, 1991) is a Portuguese-Brazilian artist currently living in Porto. With a degree in Social Sciences from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Maíra is currently studying for a Masters in Sculpture at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto. She works with the alteration of scales and impenetrability to create fabulative experiences about ideas of body, house and city, in dialogue with human and non-human practices of inhabiting.

    Image: Kresten Julian Sommer
  • Giveaway - Instagram

    Abril Febril - T-shirt Giveaway 🔥

    🔥 GIVEAWAY 🔥
    To remember ABRIL FEBRIL for many years to come, we have a limited edition of 30 t-shirts (L & XL) to offer! ⚡️
    How to participate:
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    🔸Comment on this post with #abrilfebril.
    🔸Share this post in a story.
    📌 1 person = 1 comment = 1 story.
    📌 Participation valid until 5pm of April 24th. 
    The winners will be announced in the comments. 🔥
    Giveaway rules can be consulted here.
  • Abril Febril/Ensaios de uma Coleção

    GMP will be open on the 25th of April.

    In addition to the ABRIL FEBRIL event, which will take place on Thursday starting at 6.30pm in the Palácio de Cristal Gardens, the Ensaios de uma Coleção exhibition can be visited between 10am and 6pm.
    Admission is free
  • Exhibitions

    New book: DUETO

    Dueto is now available in book format!
    The exhibition project, curated by Filipa Ramos, brought together works by Joan Jonas and Maria Paz at GMP at the end of last year.
    This new publication, designed by Marta Ramos, can be seen or purchased starting today at the Gallery's counter, revealing the ideas and thoughts behind the practice of these artists, through interviews and unpublished essays, as well as the photographic memory of the exhibition.
  • Press

    João Laia @Ipsilon, by Mariana Duarte

    Today in Público newspaper, João Laia shares some of his ideas and goals as director of the Contemporary Art Department at Ágora - Cultura e Desporto do Porto, in an interview conducted by Mariana Duarte.

    Read the full article, here.

  • Exhibitions

    New book: ANUÁRIO

    For three editions, between 2019 and 2021, the Anuário project materialised in exhibitions and events in different spaces in Porto, reflecting on the curatorial and artistic practices developed in the city over the course of each year. 
    The project has now been converted into a publication that brings together the memory of the proposals of more than 100 artists and collectives, in a book with graphic design by the duo Mariana Marques and Inês Nepomuceno.
  • Exhibitions

    New book: FEET OF CLAY

    Some may associate clay, pottery and ceramics to tradition, and tradition to the past. 
    What if clay is the future and the future is clay?
    Bringing together a group of artists who have used clay, pottery and ceramics to imagine, project and shape the world in which they live, curators Chus Martínez and Filipa Ramos presented the exhibition Feet of Clay at GMP at the end of 2021.
    Now in a book format, the project co-published between Galeria Municipal do Porto and Lenz, Milan, is now available for purchase and features original contributions from the curators and participating artists: Ana Jotta, Eduardo Navarro, the Formabesta duo (Salvador and Juan Cidrás), Gabriel Chaile, Isabel Carvalho, Neïl Beloufa, Pauline Curnier Jardin and Tamara Henderson.
  • Press

    João Laia will be the next director of the Contemporary Art Department of Ágora, Cultura e Desporto do Porto

    João Laia will be the next director of the Contemporary Art Department of Ágora, Cultura e Desporto do Porto. From January 2024, he will take over the programming and management of the Galeria Municipal do Porto, the support platform for contemporary artistic practice Pláka – which encompasses the revitalisation of the contemporary art section of the Municipal Art Collection, among other initiatives –, the Fonoteca Municipal do Porto and other cultural and artistic projects.

    Read the full article here.
    Image: Kiasma / Finnish National Gallery
  • Press

    DUETO, @Contemporânea, by Maria Kruglyak

    Maria Kruglyak spoke to Filipa Ramos about the exhibition "Dueto" with her curatorship at GMP. 

    The full article can be read here.
  • DUETO, @Público, by Mariana Durães

    The Público newspaper visited the Dueto exhibition. 
    To read the full article, click here.
  • Centre de Création Contemporaine Olivier Debré

    Deadline for residency applications is approaching

    Reminder that the period for applications for the artist residency at CCC OD, in France, is coming to an end!
    This open call is a collaboration between GMP and the Centre de Création Contemporaine Olivier Debré (CCCOD) and is open to artists living in Porto who want to undertake a research residency in 2024 in the French city of Tours.
    📅 Submissions until October 30th!
    All information available here.
    Photography: Benoit Fougeirol

  • DUETO, @Arte Capital, by Mafalda Texeira

    Arte Capital wrote about the Dueto exhibition project, which brings together the artists Joan Jonas and Maria Paz. 
    Read the article here.
  • COBRACORAL - Postponed concert

    The forecast for tomorrow is for heavy rain, strong winds and thunderstorms.
    So, to avoid the storm catching us off guard, we'll have to postpone the Cobracoral concert to November 8th.
  • The Listening Affect

    A new sound ecology festival is coming to Porto!

    Curated by the Institute for Postnatural Studies, The Listening Affect will bring together around two dozen international artists, including composers, sound artists and acoustic researchers, at various venues in the city between November 10 and 12. Check list above for all participanting guests.

    Read the news here.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Kiko Pedras

    Following on from "Hotel for Insects", a workshop that Kiko Pedras proposed to the young PING! students, we went to visit his house-workshop-garden. 
    This is where he develops projects of varying complexity, where the hand is always present, whether building canoes, beehives or greenhouses. It is also a meeting place for artists, set designers and curators to think together about structures, plinths or installations. 
    His practice extends to all areas, such as his own house, which is redesigned and altered according to the needs of a rural space. Outside, there are trees such as sequoias or pear trees, insect and bird shelters, where permaculture is taught and adobe bricks are made.
    Every day is different: "one day I'm guiding a bean plant over there, the next I'm transplanting the vegetable garden onto another field."
  • Open call

    Galeria Municipal launches call for artists' residency in France

    The deadline for applications for the new residency at the Centre de Création Contemporaine Olivier Debré is now open!
    You can find all the information here.
  • Studio Visit 👁


    Music has been a part of ter/rajo's life from an early age. At the age of seven, they began classical studies, finding a place of comfort in the  euphonium. The contextual transits – from the village to the conservatory and then to university – transformed their relationship with music; both from the point of view of doing, thinking and feeling. 
    For them, sound and music exist as a language and acquire new meanings and possibilities through collective making, in dialog with different artists and disciplines, such as poetry, dance or performance. In "Ahora Si", their first solo work released on K7 by Crystal Mine in May of this year, soundscapes take us on a dense and eruptive journey from the heart of the earth to the highest point of the horizon. Currently, ter/rajo is in residence at Atravessa platform, researching vibration, repetition and noise on metal supports.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Attilio Fiumarella

    Attilio Fiumarella is an architect who graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Porto. He arrived in Porto as an Erasmus+ student from Naples and quickly fell in love with the city, its architecture and, from there, photography. 
    What could have been a simple studio visit to talk about photography, in its documentary, architectural or exhibition aspects, turned into a conversation that revealed a very broad body of work, rooted in the places where he has lived, such as Milan, Birmingham and Toronto.
    Back in Porto, his studio houses objects that the sea returns to the beach, combined into what we call sculpture, to be photographed in the studio and manipulated analogically in negative and with color. @attiliofiumarella has developed a disciplinary path centered on photography, increasingly exploring the image in its most artistic and expanded aspect.
  • Colectivos Pláka 2023 - Becoming Assembly

    Colectivos Pláka: Applications open for new course

    Between October 9 and 14, the municipal programme Colectivos Pláka is organizing another open course to reflect on society, culture and contemporary art, which will take place at Maus Hábitos in Porto.
    Organized by Vera Sacchetti, a design critic and curator based in Basel (Switzerland), "Becoming Assembly: On the Whys and Hows of Design Today" has a participation fee of 50 euros and registration is open from today, September 11, until September 25.
    The "Becoming Assembly" course will be taught in English and Portuguese. Limited to 30 participants, applications must be made by sending an e-mail to with the following information: name, age, profession or occupation, telephone number, letter of motivation and an abbreviated CV (up to three thousand characters, with spaces, in English or Portuguese). 
    Participants will be selected by the course organizer. 
    The full course programme can be found on the PLÁKA platform website.
    Image: Archipelago: Architectures for the Multiverse, Geneva, 2021. Photo HEAD / Michel Giesbrecht
  • Discounts on the GMP editions during the Porto Book Fair do Porto

    During the Porto Book Fair, the editions that accompany the exhibition projects of the Galeria Municipal do Porto are available for purchase at reduced prices. 
    The discounts, between 20% and 30%, apply to the more than twenty publications published by GMP and are available exclusively at the Galeria's counter and at the CMP Bookshop.
  • Paulo Cunha e Silva Art Prize: meet the winners

    The three winners of the 𝙋𝙖𝙪𝙡𝙤 𝘾𝙪𝙣𝙝𝙖 𝙚 𝙎𝙞𝙡𝙫𝙖 𝘼𝙧𝙩 𝙋𝙧𝙞𝙯𝙚 are now revealed! 
    🔸 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.

    Access the full statement from the jury of the 3rd edition of the Paulo Cunha e Silva Art Prize - Marie Hélène Pereira, Ciara Phillips and Letícia Ramos - here.
  • GMP: Extended opening schedule

    In line with the opening of the Porto Book Fair this Friday, the Galeria will have extended opening hours:
    -Friday 25th: from 12 noon to 9 p.m.
    -Saturday and Sunday, the 26th and 27th, from 11am to 9pm.
    -The GMP will be closed from August 28th, but the counter will remain open until September 10th, from 12pm to 8pm, where you can see and purchase the publications that accompany the projects.
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    New publication: The New Babylonians: Crossing the Border

    Now available the book version of the exhibition project "The New Babylonians: Crossing the Border", presented in 2021, curated by Pedro G. Romero.
    Read the full article here.
  • Compulsive Desires, to read, at Contemporânea

    The latest reflection on Compulsive Desires, written by Maria Kruglyak, is now available to read in the Contemporânea.
    To access, click here.
  • Compulsive Desires, featured in Público

    The exhibition at GMP, curated by Marina Otero Verzier, highlighted in an article written by Aline Flor, in Público newspaper. 
    Read all the full story, here.
  • Studio Visit 👁


    Laboratorre is a programme of workshops and artistic residencies located in a former laboratory on the quay of Quebrantões, built to house the supervision of the construction of the São João Bridge in the 1990s. The occupation of this place by Constructlab Collective, which brings together architects and designers, has been hosting summer-schools between architecture, urbanism, and art faculties (from Portugal, Austria, and the Netherlands), workshops for children (which they called Bichos Eletrónicos), as well as guided tours.
    During this visit, Patrick Hubmann, along with Luise Keffel, shared their will to continue the creation of multidisciplinary projects with the local community, which includes the (self)construction of meeting and leisure spaces for families, but also of an archive of memories and stories of those who have always lived there, "even before the bridge".
  • Studio Visit 👁


    Since his arrival in Porto back in 2018, Dalai (Rio de Janeiro, 1997) has been testing different ways to intervene in the urban landscape of Porto. 
    Aware of the potential of social transformation through art, graffiti and painting, Dalai seeks to create spaces of resignification and dialogue in the city. The particularity of his "tag" – a self-portrait of a single line – summarises the intersectional problems that range from the subjectivity of the artist as a man, a black man, living in Portugal, to the historical-colonial reminiscences that echo in urban daily life. 
    Other issues, such as the violent gentrification and mischaracterization processes that Porto faces, are also explored by the artist through his practice proposing to "decolonize the city through transgressive urban interventions".
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Teresa Adão da Fonseca

    From organic materials, colors and other natural elements, the practice of Teresa Adão da Fonseca reacts to time and space, in a constant investigation of ancestral techniques and knowledge. 
    She tells us that it is in that continuous making that she places herself – in that intermittence of time –, where the mediums cross and transform themselves, be it through painting, drawing, sculpture, photography or installation. To the fertility and growth of the natural world, Teresa Taf crosses her own experience as mother, exploring the possibilities of being with the world.
    In this atlas of relations, it is essential for her to work in community, which unfolds in educational and social initiatives. This is the case of Projectos em Colectivo, supported by Direção-Geral das Artes, which promotes awareness for the arts, through artistic expression and body movement in Prison Establishments.
  • March 25th, at 5pm

    Compulsive Desires - Talk with Cheila Colaço Rodrigues, G.I.T. — Grupo de Investigação Territorial and Marina Otero Verzier

    The opening day included a first screening of the film Montanha Invertida, present in the exhibition, followed by an open debate on the effects of the mining projects planned for Northern Portugal. 
    Moderated by curator Marina Otero Verzier, featured Cheila Colaço Rodrigues, representing the association XR and Minas Não and the collective G.I.T. - Grupo de Investigação Territorial, responsible for the production of the film.
    Free entry.

    Poet and intersectional activist, Cheila Colaço Rodrigues integrates the association Extinction Rebellion Portugal XR and Minas Não. She has been developing a work of mediation and empowerment of communities for self-management, in associations such as Teatro Comunitário and Cantares do Gerês.
    The Grupo de Investigação Territorial (G.I.T.) [Territorial Investigation Group] is formed by architects and researchers who study and demonstrate the implications of the lithium extraction plans underway in northern Portugal and which directly affect the territory of Covas do Barroso and the communities living there. The collective is formed by Antonio del Giudice, Godofredo Enes Pereira, Jacob Bolton, Mingxin Li and Tiago Patatas.

    Image: Dinis Santos
  • March 25th, at 7pm

    Psych Op Pump

    The installation Psych Op Pump, created by artist, composer and director Jonathan Uliel Saldanha, transforms the gallery space into an inverted mountain, creating an illusion of a bottomless lake in a high toxicity environment. 
    On the opening day the piece was activated through the performance of poet and performer Igor Borovsky, with whom Saldanha has been collaborating since 2014.
    Free entry.

    On the border between sound and visual arts, Jonathan Uliel Saldanha investigates the areas of intersection between artistic territories, exploring tensions between the synthetic and the landscape. His work has been presented in various programming contexts such as Centro Cultural de Belém, Palais de Tokyo, Culturgest and Teatro Municipal do Porto, or festivals such as Unsound, Le Guess Who?, Sónar or Primavera Sound.
  • March 21, 7:30pm

    Favela Discos presents Mantra de Retalhos

    The launch of the programme will feature a live set by the Porto collective Favela Discos, following the research and musical creation work developed during 2022 at the Fonoteca Municipal do Porto.
    Entitled "Mantra de Retalhos", the sound project was created from the FMP's collection which, in addition to the presentation on Tuesday, will result in a series of podcasts that will be released throughout the year.
    Free entry subject to capacity.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Ani Schulze

    Ani Schulze is a German artist, a traveller through different geographies, who's been moving between Cologne and Porto. Working with the demands of painting and ceramics, she extends her practice to video, drawing, watercolor or silk printing, mediums through which she creates and reinvents human or animal characters, which metamorphose or petrify.
    Between the similarities with everyday life - bathing, picnicking, caring - and the magic of the trivial - snake charmers, exhausted beekeepers, teenagers playing - Ani Schulze recreates the oneiric worlds that surround her imaginary.
    She is currently directing a film based on the play "The Convent of Pleasure", a feminist utopia by Margaret Cavendish, the famous 17th Century writer who pushed forward the literary genre of science fiction.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Jade Rocha

    The artistic path of Jade Rocha begins on the other side of the ocean and starts from a different direction from her initial education, in Literature. Despite the territorial and disciplinary displacement, it is through the word, written or spoken, that the Brazilian artist finds a point of convergence between experiences and mediums for her productions. Fragmentary and multifaceted —performance, painting, photography, tattooing— Jade speaks of her practice as a broad and continuous exercise of mapping herself and her identities.
    Guided by spirituality, and in an intimate relationship with the natural elements, the artist challenges the rigidity of rhythms, temporalities, and normative frameworks of the so-called art system. Besides reading and writing, Jade highlights Afro-Surrealism and science fiction literature as some of her influences.

    Imagem: Duda Afonso
  • Studio Visit 👁


    We visited the berru colective studio, currently teamed up by Bernardo Bordalo, Rui Nó and Sérgio Coutinho, in Campanhã. A multidisciplinary workspace with an improvised viewpoint and a wide landscape view over the eastern part of the city. From this place, they have developed an investigation on the spontaneous vegetation of the zone, considering the project development of the constructions are planned for the area.  
    From this place, they've been developing an investigation on the spontaneous vegetation of the area, facing the development of the constructions that are projected for the area. They called it the Feeling Flora project (in collaboration with Gui Flor, Diogo Coelho, Miguel Mesquita e João Ferreira), where they reflect on the reality, agency, and "private life" of non-human entities -rejecting the anthropocentric vision of thinking and acting over the world- and the urgency of, with them, tightening ties of proximity and intimacy.
    The plan includes walks in the area, as is the case of next March 11, which begins at Monte da Bela, ending at Calçada de São Pedro with a musical performance. A publication about the project will also be launched, with the support of Criatório.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Jazmin Giordano

    From Buenos Aires to Porto, Jazmin Giordano brings with her a diversified background - from exhibitions and art fairs to training and workshops in painting. For that reason, her work does not stop at any particular artistic language, exploring the "conflict" through the combination of mediums and elements that provoke strangeness.
    Winged detergent bottles, canvases with animals that tranform into giant flowers, advertisements that seduce the faithful for religious congregations or enterprises; all with the influence of the artistic languages of the outskirts of the cities she has passed through.
    She enjoys the Kitsch provocation that, together with humour, serves to maximise the minor themes and practices of the so-called " art history". In her works the social commentary, the absurd, the capitalist and feminist criticism, find a playful space for dialogue.
    Soon she will have an exhibition at Pb27 Gallery where some of these works-exercises translated into painting will be on display.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Mariana Morais

    Mariana Morais has been living in Porto since 2017, the year she started her Master's in Art and Design for Public Space at FBAUP and created the project Headless Women, a cartography that uses the Porto Public Art Map to question the absence of representation of the female artist or honoured woman. 
    Through collage exercises, word associations and imaginary narratives, Mariana walks through Porto's statuary, explaining why statues lose their heads, or are on the verge of a nervous breakdown. 
    Extending this endless investigation to collaborations such as the Associação de Amigos da Praça do Anjo (aapA) or the Presente project by Virgínia Diego, the artist and architect continues to embroider different routes, sculpt small acephalous characters and asking passers-by questions about monuments and vandalism. 
    If you see a creature with its head on fire in the street, stop and talk to it, maybe it's Mariana Morais.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Thomas Szott

    A life-size rag doll with a hole in its chest reveals the absence of a supposed heart: "persona non grata". Small canvases stacked in the corner of a cupboard; a red portrait, twice set on fire by the paint and light projected through the window; drawing-cases and notebooks piled up. 
    A huge landscape interrupts the monotony of the corridor leading to the work table. It smells of incense and paint thinner. Everything seems to refer to the density of the dream. We are in the studio of the artist Thomas Szott. 
    Born in Brazil, Thomas Szott moved to Porto to do a master's degree at FBAUP. His practice, confessional and autobiographical in tone, moves between writing, drawing, painting and sculpture. Themes such as loneliness, lovelessness, experiences and traumas are recurrent in his work.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Mónica Faria

    Mónica Faria, when defining herself, does not distinguish her sculptural practice from her role as an educator. They intertwine, like the threads of a loom, which she knows well since childhood: with the teachings of her family, her mother a carpet-maker and her father a foundryman; with the place, through the schools where she developed art-education projects; and, also, with their artistic and creative process. 
    She says she works at the rhythm of her emotions, according to the relations she builds. She collects objects, stories, and experiences, especially the verbal knowledge transmitted from mother to daughter, as is the case of her own, passed on in the same time as the spinning, dyeing and weaving.
    On March 11, she will present the exhibition " Vencer o Medo" at the Cooperativa Árvore space. Until February 28 her exhibition "Cultura Instável", can be seen at the Museu Nogueira da Silva, in Braga.
  • February 4th, 4pm

    Guided tour of the exhibition with Filipa Ramos

    On Saturday February 4th, Filipa Ramos, artistic director of the Galeria Municipal do Porto, will do a guided visit to the exhibition " Derivas e Criaturas".
    Free entry

    Activity subject to prior registration by e-mail:
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Hilda de Paulo

    Hilda de Paulo is an artist, art historian, writer and independent curator, third-world transvestite and decolonial ecotransfeminist. Born in Brazil, she lives in Porto since 2008. Her path, marked by multidisciplinarity, includes sculpture, performance and expanded painting, but also theatre and essayistic writing. 
    Hilda works mainly from home, highlighting in her works the material and symbolic dimension of the domestic; the small format and the reuse of everyday objects, puts into question the access to resources, equipment and public places. In the intimacy of her atelier, through fabricated landscapes, monuments and invented creatures—artworks still unknown to the public that form her radical imagination—we will encounter her transvestite heart and universe.  
    Her work is part of the group show "Derivas e Criaturas" currently on view at GMP. Next Thursday, February 2nd, she will open the exhibition EU COMO VOCÊ, together with Tales Frey, at Maus Hábitos.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Dalila Gonçalves

    In the studio of Dalila Gonçalves we recognize a workplace where, in a totally independent manner, multiple relationships between objects, materials and forms are activated.
    It is from the encounter between natural, artificial, industrial and manufactured materials, crossing repetition, accumulation and experimentation that her practice is situated. The performativity of the objects and forms that emerge from this, transmit a clear will to reflect the limits of metamorphosis, in a continuous logic of work where the boundaries of the studio and the exhibition space are diluted and expanded.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Nara Rosetto

    We visited the studio of Nara Rosetto, an artist from Brazil living in Porto, where she is developing her masters' project "Diário Invisível" [Invisible Diary], at Faculdade de Belas Artes do Porto. 
    Admittedly self-referential, her work starts from the diagnosis of an autoimmune disease whose main symptom is chronic pain, an experience from which she explores themes such as vulnerability, invisibility, and different types of pain associated with the body.
    Her creative process, based on the accumulation of various objects and diaristic writing, refers to a particular temporality also present in the mediums and techniques she uses, including textiles (embroidery, crochet), photography, video, and performance.
  • Derivas e Criaturas opens to the public on January 19

    "Derivas e Criaturas - New acquisitions from the Municipal Art Collection" opens to the public on January 19, at 7pm. Admission is free of charge

    No more here.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Ivana Sehic

    Ivana Sehic grew up in Croatia, graduated in architecture and performing arts in London and lives in Porto, where the design and construction of scenographies are an important part of her work.
    Her daily life is spent at Atelier Caldeiras, where she rehearses on models her spatial installations using "infinite cycle" materials such as clay, plaster or fabrics.
    The body, hers and of those she collaborates with, is part of her academic research, which she called "Deviated Rituals". It is in performance, theatre and music that Ivana explores the ritualistic and transformative capacity of artistic practice within themes both hard and human, such as mourning, loss or illness.
  • London festival of ecology and art in the city of Porto @Umbigo Magazine

    Ana Martins accompanied the two days of the festival "The Shape of a Circle in the Dream of a Fish" and wrote about the project in Umbigo Magazine.
    To read in full
  • Studio Visit 👁

    A Pele

    The visit to the Pele collective took the GMP team to Azevedo, in Campanhã, where urban and rural geographies overlap and are torn apart: highways with the Torto river, farmhouse with the neighborhood, the supermarket with the allotment.
    It is based on this territorial but also social complexity that the collective represented by Carina Moutinho, Fernando Almeida and Rodrigo Malvar share the last years of their work and the need to search for a different time and place. They have recovered an old wine cellar and built, from scratch, other structures that give a new use to the floors, like a stage, a shelter-archive, a shadow, proposing to establish a dialogue between the resident communities (human and more-than-human) and national and international creators. 
    Together, they have been establishing affectivities with different generations, awakening changes for a more critical spirit, privileging access to education and culture, and promoting a more sustainable thinking artistic creation.
  • Gallery Energy: crossing art, science, music and nature @Canal180

    Canal180 spoke with Filipa Ramos about the Gallery Energy cycle, which has been presented in diferent spaces and will extend to the beginning of 2023.

    Click here to see the full video.
  • The Apocalypse seen from Amazonia is the theme of the next conference of Galeria Municipal do Porto

    Part of the Gallery Energy cycle, the conference "Other Anthropocenes - The Apocalypse seen from Amazonia" takes place next Thursday, 15 December, and will be presented by Patrícia Vieira.

    Read the full article, here.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Cru Encarnação

    Moving through the fields of performance and writing, Cru Encarnação works on the construction of fictional and speculative imaginaries to question the fragility of the real. Based on his studies in Phenomenology and Feminist Philosophy of Science at the Freie Universität of Berlin, Cru proposes an analysis of the body's gestuality, the manipulation of objects and the sensorial perception of materials and their multiple meanings. 
    This research that Cru has been developing in a residency at Pedreira space, culminated in the performance "The back of Five", presented at "The Shape of a Circle in the Dream of a Fish festival". 
  • Utopias para Realistas – Outros Antropocenos – O Apocalipse visto da Amazónia, por Patricia Vieira, @Umbigo Magazine, by Mafalda Ruão

     About the upcoming Gallery Energy session this coming Thursday, Patrícia Vieira shares some ideas behind her research, in an interview to UMBIGO conducted by Mafalda Ruão.

    The article can be read in full, here.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Rebecca Moradalizadeh

    Rebecca Moradalizadeh says she has multiple identities: "woman-Portuguese-Iranian-artist-performer-cook". 
    In the constant intersection of these various facets, besides her artistic practice, she also develops educational and curatorial projects, many of them in collaboration, as is the case of PING!, the GMP's educational project. She has also played an active role in the civil struggles for women's rights that are being heard in Iran and that are reflected in a community of emigrants in Portugal. 
    Through her artistic project, she maintains a relationship with her paternal family that lives in Kerman through the creation of an archive that is made of memories, tastes, albums and teachings, such as embroidery, cooking or Persian writing.
    Last 25th November, in the Rampa space, Rebecca Moradalizadeh opened "Behind the Veil", an exhibition that combines these universes and puts them in dialogue with the present day, highlighting and reflecting on the tensions between East and West.
  • PING! launches podcast with artists, curators and young students

    The PING! projects can now be heard in podcast format!
    A group of young adults, enthusiastic about Porto's artistic activity, have been following the PING! initiatives and are responsible for a series of episodes that will be released until the end of the year.
    The first one is already available online, and follows a tour guided by Pablo Berástegui (cultural producer and director of the Salut au monde! project) through the projects and cultural spaces of the northernmost side of Bonfim.
    The recordings and soundscape are created by artist Mariana Sardon.

    To read in full, here.
  • Studio Visit 👁


    Created in 2018 by a group of students from @fba.up, @dose_mag is an exhibition project in a printed and online publication format where each issue features the contribution of 12 artists. 
    With a biannual edition, the dose aims to create a space for art, and not about art, valuing creation as a sensitive experience, beyond theoretical reasoning.  Without conceptual premises, each edition is born from the will of each artist where colour acts as a unifying element. There are now nine editions.
    In recent years, the collective currently composed by Maria Miguel Von Hafe, Mariana Rebola and Margarida Oliveira has evolved to new experiences, crossing editorial work and exhibition curatorship. The launch of dose magazine nr. 09 was last 19th, at Pada studio, in Barreiro.
  • Filipa Ramos, on ecology and art

    In an interview for Coffeepaste, Filipa Ramos shares the ideas behind the Festival 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙎𝙝𝙖𝙥𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙖 𝘾𝙞𝙧𝙘𝙡𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝘿𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙢 𝙤𝙛 𝙖 𝙁𝙞𝙨𝙝, which will take place already this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, at the Galeria da Biodiversidade - Centro Ciência Viva.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Gil Delindro

    The Sahara desert, the white landscapes of Siberia and the rural Vietnam are some of the places that Gil Delindro has visited as part of his artistic practice, which has been focused on the questions of ecology, geology and anthropology. Materialised in sculptural and sound pieces, they condense the arbitrary effects of time, erosion and atmospheric conditions.
    He presented at Espaço Mira the exhibition project "Marégrafo", one of the projects supported by the 2021 Criatório support grant. Over seven months, he captured and monitored the ebb and flow of the tides in the Cantareira Tide Gauge and Barra do Douro, resulting in works that underline the history of the sea and of the attempt to dominate and understand a territory that simultaneously provokes fear and admiration.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    José Vale

    We visit the studio of José Vale, an artist of experimental and improvised music. As a guitarist, he explores extended techniques, feedbacks and processed sounds, to travel through psychedelic and noise music.

    José Vale is co-founder of the DIY label CARA PODRE, creator and composer of the band Lucifer Pool Party, and plays as side-man in projects like Unsafe Space Garden e Davide Lobão.
  • London ecology and art festival comes to Porto for the first time

    Organised by Galeria Municipal do Porto in collaboration with the Serpentine Galleries' General Ecology programme, The Shape of a Circle in the Dream of a Fish takes place at Galeria da Biodiversidade, in Porto, on 26 and 27 November. Admission is free.

    Know more about it, here.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Aura da Fonseca

    For Aura, slow movement acts as a transformative action. 
    Visual artist and performer, she has been exploring matters of identity and sustainability, through a careful analysis of herself and the world. From motion, to scenography and sound, to the careful choice of garments, her presentations result in deep sensory experiences. That is the case of the performance 7≈8, presented in October at mala voadora, which transported the spectator to an immersive universe, where the simplest acts unveiled the power and complexity of gesture.

    Aura completed a Masters in Performance Making at Goldsmiths, in London, and has been collaborating with artists such as Alessandro Bosetti, in Serralves, or with Raimund Hoghe, in one of her last presentations at Teatro Rivoli, among others.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Carlos Pinheiro

    Carlos Pinheiro started with sculpture. At FBAUP he acquired the tools to sculpt bodies and create theatre sets. Recently, he started painting, making a series centred on a fictional, evil figure who sees the world without moving from his place. This "total prejudiced individual," as he tells us, suffers diverse poetic justices in a world created and imagined by himself.
    Carlos is a storyteller. He prefers to use oil, as the following day "the paint still moves." He always returns to sculpture in order to "change everything". The human-critter bodies he imagines materialize themselves on the flat surface and in layers of paper paste and wood.

    He is preparing to present an exhibition in December at Clube de Desenho, in the Rua da Alegria space.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Joana Magalhães

    We got to know the creative practice of the artist and performer Joana Magalhães, who has been working as a director and performer in the field of theatre and performing arts and, more recently, has been crossing her practice with the visual arts. Through collaboration with artists and thinkers, her research addresses the concepts of beginning and end in literature, orality, mythology and phantasmagoria. 
    One of the winning projects of Criatório 2021 can now be visited at Culturgest in Porto, in an exhibition that is an assembly of many readings, essays and references as if abandoned on stage at the end of a play. The playful force of the set allows us to take hold of everything that is there. Is it a mirage?
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Fernando P Ferreira

    We visited the studio of Fernando P Ferreira, an architect and researcher who has been crossing urban thinking and art, through social practices, writing and various collaborations.
    Fernando has been working on a century-old textile factory in Pevidém, Guimarães, trying to understand the evolution of an industrial complex marked by modern architecture and politics and its impact on the lives of the female workers who worked there. Identifying destroyed and reconstructed spaces, common, limited or forbidden areas, he imagines the lives that passed through there looking at workrooms and work equipments.
    Collaborating with weavers and artists, the architect reveals the sutures and tears that the industrial meshes present. He speaks of "unravelling" as a way of erasing, drawing, the maps of these places, which often hide the vicissitudes of hierarchy.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Pisitakun Kuantalaeng

    We went to A Leste and talked to Pisitakun Kuantalaeng, a Thailand artist currently living in Porto. 
    His practice is placed in a close relationship between visual arts and music, refusing pre-established standards or classification systems. The critical awareness of his surroundings, intensely linked to the historical and political events of his country and, by extent, to the current global regression of democratic systems, materialises in the most diverse forms: from synthesizers to tiled murals, imaginaries of daily life intersect, allowing space for speculation, disruption and questioning. 
    In 2021 Pisitakun participated in the InResidence program, by Colectivos Pláka, in the Rua do Sol space.
  • Música, arte, ciência e ecologia cruzam-se na Galeria Energia, no Porto

    Filipa Ramos shares the new programme of Gallery Energy, in an interview conducted by Mariana Duarte. 
    To be read in full here.
  • Two performances close Mårten Spångberg's course

    Today was launched the new programming of 𝙂𝘼𝙇𝙇𝙀𝙍𝙔 𝙀𝙉𝙀𝙍𝙂𝙔!
    The moment took place in the courtyard of Círculo Católico de Operários do Porto (CCOP), and was hosted by Filipa Ramos, who revealed the initiatives defined until February of next year, and also with the Landra duo that presented the project "A Fundo na Paisagem" and that gives beginning to this second part of Galeria Energia.
    More information at Colectivos Pláka website.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Colectivo Bergado

    At the intersection of two distinct creative realities – visual arts and music – Colectivo Bergado emerged in 2016,  focusing much of their work in the areas of painting and musical performance, with different influences and variants. One of them is the musical project Terebentina which, as the original word, dilutes barriers between elements and materials. Here, they combine sound with the landscape of Porto and the work of artists from outside the city.
    We visited the studio of Guilherme Oliveira, the group's vocalist, where we learned about Bergado's work and future projects, as well as the creation process of their first studio album titled "Um palmo acima do chão". Recorded at CCOP, the album includes the collaboration of New Zealand musician Michael Morley, member of The Dead C, and production by Jorge Queijo and Francisco Oliveira.
    Bergado also created the online label Berga Malhas, which gathers the Collective's eclectic sound repertoire.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    A Piscina

    In recent decades, the urban culture of Porto has demonstrated the strength and will to activate spaces that are forgotten in the city. There have already been exhibitions in abandoned quarters or debates in old billiard halls. Recently, another unlikely place, a swimming pool. Built in the 1930s, it was emptied of its function a few years ago and, once again, filled with a new programme.
    In the middle of the pandemic, four friends connected to dance, theatre, and the production of projects with the community, decide to take forward the idea of creating A Piscina. Carolina, Eduarda, Lea and Maria Inês present an schedule with contemporary dance and movement classes for actors; workshops for families, yoga and creative writing. Soon they want to create the first workspace for choreographers and performers.
    The call is out: "don't take yourself too seriously, get out of your comfort zone and become aware of the physicality, the energy and the movement of your own bodies".
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Odair Monteiro

    It is among photographic negatives, developers and silver salts that we find much of the photographic practice of Odair Monteiro.
    Born in Cape Verde, he studied Illustration and Photography in Lisbon. He moved to Porto 7 years ago and it is in Campanhã, on the slopes of Nova Sintra, that he set up his studio for production and printing. Over the years, she has been part of different projects, such as the GMURDA Collective, which has been exploring performance, sound and video, and presented the exhibition "Trabalho Nenhum", in the Rampa artspace, in 2021. 
    He photographs, and sometimes films, abandoned architectural structures or industrial ruins, but not only. He is interested in a kind of intermittence in everyday life, without having to look for a purpose for it, or even a poetic or political reason to justify what he creates. 
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Oficina Mescla

    In 2019, Alexandra Rafael and Tomás Dias had the same dream, to create a printmaking workshop in Porto. This is how Mescla was born, as a result of the exchange of knowledge and experience between different generations, but with the same drive to create and explore further more.
    They found the ideal space in the centre of downtown Porto. Aware of their industrial heritage, they reactivate century-old machines, as printing techniques have accompanied history for centuries. And as knowledge knows no place, here you can learn the most diverse processes: from silkscreen printing, to calcography, going through lithography, wood engraving or linocut. Whoever wants to experiment is welcome, or just whoever needs space to put their projects into practice. 
  • Pláka Collectives

    Applications for the new Pláka Collectives' course until next 16 September

    Until September 16, performers and people working in the field of dance or with a particular interest in the body and movement can enrol on the course "The Climate, The Worry, The Dance", which will take place at Galeria Municipal do Porto from September 28 to October 1 and October 12 to 15.
     More information at
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Elvira Leite

    Elvira Leite studied painting at FBAUP. Since the 1960s she has been fighting for change in a country that at the time was poor and illiterate, believing that school should be complemented by creative practices close to art.
    In the first years that followed the revolution of 1974, she accompanied the processes that fostered better living and housing conditions, such as SAAL, implementing creative development projects in Bairro da Sé, in Porto. "Quem te ensinou? — Ninguém", is the name of the exhibition that revisits this project which is also published by Pierrot Le Fou.
    In the 1990s, she integrated the first educational services of museums such as the MNSR and the Serralves Foundation. She co-authored books on art education and also playbooks for children, families, and schools.
    Today, her contagious energy and will to share remain intact. There is still much to do and teach. "I never taught two classes the same and yet the subjects were the same over many years!".
  • Discounts on GMP editions during the Feira do Livro do Porto

    Until September 11th, we are still at the Feira do Livro do Porto and, either at our counter or at the Livraria CMP, you can buy our publications with discounts! 
    Happy readings!
    📚 30%
    Apesar de não estar, estou muito / Dj Nobita Early Years 2002
    Fórum do Futuro: Vita Nova
    Musa Paradisíaca: Visões do mal-entendido
    Musonautas, Visões & Avarias: 1960-2010: 5 décadas de inquietação musical no Porto
    Nets of Hyphae
    Politics of Survival
    Post-Nostalgic Knowings 
    P. Uma Homenagem a Paulo Cunha e Silva
    Quatro Elementos
    O ontem morreu hoje, o hoje morre amanhã
    📚 20%
    9kg de Oxigénio
    Máscaras (Masks)
    PANDEMIC – I Don’t Know Karate But I know Ka-razor
    The Time(s) of Contemporaneity
    To School Out of School
    Waves and Whirlpools
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Gui Flor

    Gui Flor describes herself as an artist "looking for an existence with the least impact on the planet and the most impact on people", and so it was during our studio visit, where we discovered, at the rhythm of a long late afternoon conversation, her deep knowledge of smells and flavours, textures and temporalities, sounds and poetic manifestations. 
    Her project "flowering exercises", winner of this year's Criatório grant, intersects ecosexuality, transfemininity and relationships of affect through an exploration, at once personal and intimate as well as profoundly caring about core issues of our present, namely the politics of affection, the consolidation of gender identities and the need to share a harmonious and sustainable life with the beings we share the planet with.
  • GMP counter hours during Feira do Livro

    During the period of the Feira do Livro do Porto, until September 11th, the GMP counter will be open from 12 noon to 8pm, where you can consult and buy the Gallery's editions. 
  • Studio Visit 👁

    João Pedro Trindade

    The scale of João Pedro Trindades's studio is that of the city. Outside, the field of stimuli is so much larger, almost infinite, that the four walls of the studio are where the edges are filed and materials are tested and stored. Like a magnet, he is attracted to the most unnoticeable details of the streets, which only the trained eye perceives as a field of possibilities.
    He studied painting at FBAUP, but soon concluded that a single medium would not be enough. He also uses pressed cardboard, plaster, aluminium, sawdust. He works in series. He collects red carpets from the street and presents them with the same dignity as a painting. He rescues discarded aluminium foil and candy wrappers and inscribes on them what the eye sees but does not notice: large areas of floor, wall, small details, or any object, all of them pressed by the force of the hammer.
    João Pedro Trindade has collaborated with cultural projects such as Painel, Nartece and Sismógrafo, where he recently presented the exhibition "Under the Rug".
  • Galeria Municipal do Porto launches new publication in vinyl format

    Following Luís Lázaro Matos' exhibition presented in 2020, "Waves and Wirlpools" is now available to read and listen to.
    Curated by Martha Kirszenbaum, the exhibition project was born from the artist's fascination with the mythology of the sea. Music being one of the main components of his practice, Luís Lázaro Matos was inspired by the seven themes of his album, "Waves and Whirlpools", to create the seven diptychs that made up the homonymous exhibition at the Galeria Municipal do Porto.
    The editorial project condenses the musical album and is accompanied by textual contributions by the artist and exhibition curator, as well as by the curator Raphael Fonseca.
    The publication is available for purchase at the counter of the Galeria Municipal do Porto, or by mail, through the email
  • Reopening of service desk

    The Galeria Municipal do Porto counter has reopened as of today, where you can consult and purchase the editions that accompany the exhibition projects and public programmes!
    We also remind that the Surface Encounters project is still present on the façade of the GMP building, with a piece by Catherina Lisovenko.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Teresa Arêde

    The practice of Teresa Arêde is developed along two lines: the tools of the arts—such as drawing, photography, engraving, or sculpture—and the power of the voice, instinctive and singular, signed by the study of classical music.
    An endless number of images inhabit her workspace. She is interested in plastically rethinking the artifice of baroque operas as those by Händel or Monteverdi and also of later and earlier periods, investigating the multiple readings of history.
    She tells us how the voice is a matter that molds itself into different forms, functioning as the "backbone for everything else". Although singing has accompanied humanity, it is up to the imagination to conceive what was not registered, or written, on the walls of Prehistory. And it is at the intersection of what is not known that her multiple fictions, conjectures, and alternative archaeologies emerge, explored in video, audio, or in shards of clay and plaster.
    Teresa Arêde studied art at Faculdade de Belas Artes da U. do Porto, and Royal College of Art, and Vocal Studies at Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Rita Senra

    As we enter Rita Senra's studio, we can smell the ink and orange peels spread on the worktable. Among the colored papers, some with stripes and folds, there are the ones tarnished by time. It is in this intermittence, that of time passing, that her practice moves, accepted as it is: necessary and without a compass, a deadline or the urgency of industry or capital.
    She prefers materials that do not seem to have a place these days, be it for their apparent fragility or lack of robustness: napkins, forgotten papers in shut-down stores, useless bags, fruit peels. In due time, she gives them the strength and nature of the strongest, but no less sensible material, through coats of paint in marked rhythms, trims and sutures. It recalls the work of the seamstress, spending hours sewing, in compass, but with no watch on her wrist.
    Rita studied painting at FBAUP, in Porto, and is part of Sismógrafo. She recently attended the Visual Arts course promoted by FLAD, at the Arquipélago—Centro de Artes, in Açores.
  • Studio Visit 👁


    Landra, acorn, oaknut. Daughter of the oak, holm oak and cork oak. Resistant to industrialisation, globalisation and the so-called modernisation of agriculture, the landra has remained autonomous, feeding animals other than humans and not suffering from genetic impositions. 
    Landra is also the name that Sara Rodrigues and Rodrigo Camacho gave to their part in life and art, made in the company of the many life forms that challenge and teach them to live in a harmonious, complex and balanced way with the natural world. 
    During our visit to the territory where they live and work, we talked about plants, microorganisms and animals, drought and hunting, and imagined the contribution of art practices and methodologies to the creation of a different way of living.
  • From 1 to 15 of August

    Temporary closing of the GMP service desk

    The reception of the City Gallery will be closed between the 1st and the 15th of August, but it is always possible to visit the project Surface Encounters, on the building's façade.
    The current work is by Catherina Lisovenko and can be seen until the end of this month. 
    The project will also present interventions by Alevtina Kakhidze and the 12345678910 Studio duo who, as in the previous works, will collaborate with artist and designer Irina Pereira to create an exchange zone and a common space between two realities.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Jiôn Kiim

    Jiôn Kiim was born in Busan, South Korea. After attending art schools and residencies in Dresden and Stuttgart, in Germany, she settled in Porto five years ago.
    Day-to-day life is spent at Clube de Desenho, a studio shared with other artists, which is also an exhibition space. Painting and drawing come together naturally in her work, using natural pigments, materialised on the scale of notepads and daily notebooks, or of the floor and walls.
    The materials range from old, stained paper, bought in reams, to wooden floor panels, which become series "that challenge the antipodes of control, of discipline, of order" and become screens and vertical borders in the studio space. As spectators, we try to recognise symbols and signs, but the ambiguity that comes from these gestures restrains interpretation, giving us back the most real essence of painting.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Matias Romano Aleman

    Oil paintings on paper, wood and on matchboxes, stacked objects, among them a glass body, notebooks, drawings and papers with written notes: these are some of the fragments that make up the chaotic cosmos that defines the studio of Matias Romano Aleman.
    Born in Buenos Aires, he has lived in Porto since 2020. Like a gleaner, it is in the city streets and in the objects he finds that he seeks inspiration for his work, crossing the memories of others with his own, combined with the music he listens to and the books he reads. The pieces he creates, whether flat or three-dimensional, reveal an immanent and eccentric restlessness, resulting in works that are as much real as they are fantasy.
    In parallel, he created the platform "Archivo de Listas Notas y Dibujos DE La Calle" (instagram: @archivodelistasnotasydibujos), where he shares some of the notes, lists, drawings and notebooks he finds, resulting in an organic archive of anonymous but mundane messages, in permanent growth.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    José Almeida Pereira

    On a visit to José Almeida Pereira's (Guimarães, 1979) studio, located in an old shopping mall in the center of Porto, we are immediately confronted with an unstoppable but slow process of creation, spatially organized by infinite layers of paint.
    His practice reveals an obsession with appropriating images, particularly those that reproduce the great works of Western Art History, which we easily recognize the authorship and location in the big European museums. It is from there that the artist provokes and challenges the auratic properties of the compositions, resorting to distortions, fragmentations, and anamorphosis, complemented by technological processes of image filtering, translating into a strangeness that unsettles the vision.
    Contrary to the referents used, painting asserts itself as an exercise in metalanguage, where everything is left unsaid, unquestioned, unresolved.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Rita Castro Neves and Daniel Moreira

    Two artists with separate paths, Rita Castro Neves and Daniel Moreira, met in 2015 to form a common path that runs through multiple practices such as photography, drawing, video or performance. They trace footpaths in the territory, follow the animals' rattles, listen to the shepherds' stories, spend the night in stables, record and collect elements of the landscape: "from so much watching, listening and drawing we are like the transforming of humans into animals and vegetation".
    In 2022 they created the NEBLINA space, in Porto, a workshop space that is also for occasional exhibitions. A little before, in 2020, they recovered the Macieira School, in the mountains of São Pedro do Sul, turning it into a home-atelier space, where they receive artists for a residency project focused on issues of territory, nature and the rural, on environmental and ecological preservation.
  • The Galeria Municipal do Porto presents a new proposal for Surface Encounters

    Starting today, it is possible to see the new intervention of the project Surface Encounters on the façade of Galeria Municipal do Porto, which until the end of the year will exhibit the works of four Ukrainian artists. 
    The new work is by Catherina Lisovenko, an artist whose work investigates representations of power and ideology. In her most recent series of works, the artist responds to Russia's open aggression against Ukraine by addressing forms of resistance, determination, and the search for justice. The presented piece, "Untitled," is inspired by a painting she made in Kiev on February 22, 2022, the day Russia invaded Ukraine. It can be visited on the Galerias's façade until the end of August.
    The Surface Encounters project began in May with the work "the same hair", by artist Anna Zvyagintseva, and will also feature contributions by artist Alevtina Kakhidze and the duo 12345678910 Studio (Yevhenii Obraztsov and Anastasiia Omelych). Each image, exhibited for six consecutive weeks, is interpreted by artist and designer Irina Pereira in a gesture that creates a space of encounter and sharing between distinct realities and experiences.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Saber Fazer

    Saber Fazer was founded in 2011 by Alice Bernardo, as a workshop and creative place that stimulates the senses as soon as you enter: the smell of linen flowers, the texture of sheared wool, or the colours of jars with dyeing plants.
    Appealing to the dissemination of knowledge about every raw material or tool, everything integrates a larger repository that goes from assessment to archive, from harvest to production. From three main crafts—Wool, Silk and Linen—aesthetic and practical issues of economic, environmental and social sustainability are addressed, in a sharing platform between apprentices, artisans and professionals in the areas of natural dyeing, weaving, felting, basketry and tapestry.

    Saber Fazer is located in Rua da Aliança 112-114, Porto and is open to all who wish to attend courses and buy raw materials or tools.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Pedra no Rim

    We went to Bonfim to visit Pedra no Rim, a ceramics atelier created by Fabrizio Matos and Israel Pimenta.
    Through a political, social and emotional mapping of the neighbourhood, this duo of artists collects abandoned and unusual objects from the streets, mapping each place and recording every detail.
    From shoes, doilies and lost wigs, to rats, cats and pigeons attacked by seagulls, it is up to the clay to eternalize them, reproducing an atlas of urban memories and mythologies, local experiences and vices.
    The name "Pedra No Rim" (Kidney Stone) gives a foretaste of the mixture between humour and the bizarre, in a process of self-taught creation, where political strategy emerges in the production and sale of each piece. It is the case of the series "Sapo Anti-Racista" (Anti-racist frog), manufactured in the same quantity as the total number of extreme-right voters in the parish of Bonfim, reverting part of its revenue to the organisation SOS Racismo.
  • Gallery Energy

    Invernomuto @ Público/Ípsilon, by Mariana Duarte

    The triple programme with Invernomuto, highlighted in the Público newspaper, in an article written by Mariana Duarte.
    The Italian duo presented two films at the Passos Manuel Cinema, inaugurated EMPIRE 2020 at the Sismógrafo, and, finally, presented a Commented Concert at the Acoustic Shell of the Palácio Gardens, part of the Energy Gallery.
    To read the entire interview click here.
  • Studio Visits 👁

    Vera Mota

    In addition to a degree in Fine Arts from FBAUP, contemporary dance has accompanied Vera Mota's path, informing and expanding her artistic practice. The "performative awareness of making" underlines the intimate relationship she explores with the materials, in an organized game of rhythms, concepts and scales, where the body deliberates and sometimes materializes.
    The artist conceives the exhibition space and the relationship between artworks as a dedicated choreography, where each volume integrates a synthesis of movements, often embodied in drawing.
  • Studio Visits 👁

    Tânia Dinis

    We went to the studio/home of Tânia Dinis, as her artistic practice is so intimately linked to the domestic scale, crossing photographic and filmic memories from her family, in a diaristic universe that reveals itself.
    Her training in Theatre Studies at ESMAE and a Masters in Contemporary Art Practices FBAUP, led her work to the possibilities of cinema, playing with the movement of film, the static of photography and projection devices. The analogue material, in dialogue with the past, assists the perspectives of memory and fiction, creating narratives where time assumes a preponderant role.
    In the artist's words — "I'm interested in what you're not seeing, what can be constructed and fictionalised from the image" — and it is through the layers, the overlapped planes and the optical lenses that history is written, resignified and transformed.
  • Studio Visits 👁

    Ruben Santiago

    This week we visited the studio of artist Ruben Santiago. Originally from Lugo, Galicia, and living in Porto, Ruben Santiago is interested in the relationship between alchemy and symbolism. 
    During our visit, he told us about how he has been materializing the cyclical transmutation of life, creating works in which the symbolic and conceptual traditions intersect in an anthropogenic world. 
    In this image, we see one of the 60 Baobab seeds that he used in the work "Not what is cracked up to be", in which he pays homage to the pictorial traditions of the Australian aborigine communities with which he lived.

  • Studio visits 👁

    Cristina Mateus

    Cristina Mateus was, for a long time, a woman artist in a group of mostly male artists. It is at this period that she approaches multimedia, attracted by the technological demands that the multidisciplinarity of this artistic medium imposed in the 1990's. The cinema of Kiarostami, Agnés Varda and Pedro Costa led her to understand that the work is done outside the studio, often on the road, driving, or during a walk. 
    The routine of research was fundamental to understand "that the night is constructive and the day is one of accumulation". And it is in this cycle that her works are photographs of the equipment she uses to collect images, like cameras, and of the writing for her doctorate, like the computer screen. 
    —"The artistic work is not in the places where you expect it to be", she tells us.  
    Besides being an artist, Cristina Mateus is also a professor at FBAUP. There, she focuses on the processes of creation of meanings and senses, working on the creation of a "lighter" art school, adapted to issues such as neurodiversity and inclusion.
  • Studio visits 👁

    Letícia Maia

    What is the relationship between body, power and performance? This question has become central to the practice of Letícia Maia, an artist who has been living in Portugal since 2019 and who articulates her training in "Arts of the Body", in São Paulo, with the master's project in Visual Arts, by FBAUP, in Porto.
    It is through performance, but also photography, video and objects, that the artist explores "the body as a problem". She crosses exercises and choreographies, unfolding theoretical concepts such as "docile-bodies", to question the social construction of the body.
    Letícia's actions trigger poetics that challenge us to rethink the world and its norms. Maybe even "learn to disobey" (“aprender a desobedecer”).

  • Anna Zvyagintseva

    Surface Encounters

    Surface Encounters is the latest exhibition project of Galeria Municipal do Porto, which takes to the exterior of the building interventions by four artists from Ukraine who, between April and December 2022 will share their reality with the city through the images and impressions conveyed in each work.
    The first piece exhibited is "the same hair", by artist Anna Zvyagintseva (1986, Dnipro, Ukraine), who has been working on themes such as the body, exploring the fragility of life through elusive intangible moments.
    Surface Encounters will also feature contributions from artists Catherina Lisovenko and Alevtina Kakhidze and the 12345678910 Studio duo (Yevhenii Obraztsov and Anastasiia Omelych).
    Each image will be graphically interpreted by the artist and designer Irina Pereira, a gesture that creates a liminal encounter zone, producing a space of sharing between distinct realities and experiences.
  • Studio visits 👁

    Tales Frey

    We went to Tales Freys's atelier at the Túnel space, an old print factory in Campanhã, converted into a shared artists studio.
    Living in Porto since 2008, Frey uses performance as the main medium for visual and discursive expression, crossing video, sculpture or writing. Some of his most recent works, such as the collaborative performance "Veste Única", explore aesthetic syntheses on the notion of living in community, reflecting on the possibilities of building a common body. He has been exploring new conceptual and aesthetic challenges, including in his artistic production a documental, graphic and signifiable dimension.
    He is represented by Galeria Verve, in São Paulo and Shame, in Brussels, and until May 7th, we can visit his exhibition "Indexxx" at Galeria Ocupa, in Porto.
  • May-June

    Anna Zvyagintseva

    Anna Zvyagintseva is an artist from Ukraine. In her practice she investigates imperceptible, impalpable facets of life, showcasing their fragility and documenting elusive intangible moments. Anna is working with topics such as body, paths, useless action and small gestures. She focuses on the idea of potentiality doing something without a clear purpose, she researches how hesitation and mistakes can lead to unexpected encounters and outcomes. Her oeuvre departs from drawing, crossing it with transmedial variations in the field of sculpture, installation, video and painting.

    Surface Encounters

    "the same hair" (2022)
    Anna Zvyagintseva
  • Studio Visits 👁


    From the study of the planets, to seismology or meteorology, the research project PARALAXE explores places foreign to artistic practice, encouraging artists to occupy and rethink these spaces.
    We went to meet Carolina Grilo Santos, Diana Geiroto and Luisa Abreu, who created the Paralaxe in 2019, already counting on a second edition. The first, occupied the Instituto Geofísico da Universidade do Porto, with the second cycle taking place at the Observatório Astronómico Prof. Manuel de Barros, in Gaia.
    Between the Meridian Circle and the Great Telescope, the artists turned the territory and the scientific equipment into a crossed laboratory that will open its doors next May 7th, at 5pm, with an exhibition of the works developed in residence by Beatriz Sarmento, Bruno Silva, Carlos Mensil, Ece Canli, H0b0, Joana Ribeiro and Juliana Campos.
  • Studio Visits 👁

    Gata da Mata

    We went to meet Gata da Mata, a project for knowledge and sharing about food and territories, which stems from Aija Repsa and Elīna Štoļde's fascination with nature and cooking.
    Over several years, the two chefs "by training and heart" have been accumulating knowledge and sharing experiences about wild plants, mushrooms and bacteria.
    Having come from Latvia about 10 years ago, it was on the Northern beaches of Portugal that they started a new research and collection of Atlantic seaweed. Gata da Mata organises low tide walks, fermentation workshops and regular publications on plant species, and have been networking with the community through DIY projects, rooted in the desire to change lifestyle behaviours and eating habits, fostering the link between community and biodiversity.
  • Applications for the course

    Applications for the course "Compulsive Desires: On Lithium Extraction, Endless Growth, and Self-Optimisation", designed and organised by architect and researcher Marina Otero Verzier, are open from today until April 29. Enrolled within the municipal programme Colectivos Pláka, the course will take place between May 7 and 11, at the Hotelier space (R. de Anselmo Braancamp 324), with a participation cost of 50 euros.
    Proposing an alternative understanding of the notions of energy, progress and full life, the course programme is centred on lithium and its multiple role as mood stabiliser and fuel in the so-called transition to a green energy. During the five days of the meeting, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the ongoing plans to start lithium extraction in Northern Portugal and its implications on the degradation of entire ecosystems, through visits to mines and public thermal baths of therapeutic mineralized waters. Throughout these days, they will come into contact with several activists and representatives of national and international movements contesting mining and defending places — including the "Movimento Não às Minas" from Montalegre, "Unidos em Defesa de Covas do Barroso" and "SOS Serra d'Arga" —, who will relate their struggles and experiences in legal and environmental disputes and their forms of action. Together with local and foreign guests with work in different disciplines — Marisol de la Cadena, Susana Caló, Anastasia Kubrak, Michael Marder and Godofredo Pereira —, the group will engage in collaborative and open practices.
    The different sessions of "Compulsive Desires" will be conducted in English language. Limited to 30 participants, registrations should be made by sending an email to with the following information: Name; Age; Profession or occupation; Telephone number; Motivation Letter and condensed CV (up to 3,000 characters, with spaces, in English or Portuguese). The selection of participants will be made by the course organiser.
    The complete programme of the course can be consulted in the website of the PLÁKA platform.
  • Studio Visits 👁

    Thais de Menezes

    Colour, words of command and Samba — this is the studio in Porto of artist Thais de Menezes.
    Her practice grows in parallel with the historical and visual research she is developing at the Master in Art History at FCSH-Universidade Nova de Lisboa, focused on the different dynamics of the "construction of the other". Based on the pieces "Cabeça de preto", by Soares dos Reis, Thais questions the hegemonic narratives of art history in which Black people and bodies are captured as iconographic categories.
    Thais' critical and urgent approach crosses intersectional, feminist, and decolonial readings, proposing new configurations and experiences. This is the case of her paintings "ORÍ de Preto" (Black ORÍ) —"ORÍ" being a Yoruba prefix meaning head—with which she opposes and challenges Black representations, in contrast to the whiteness imposed throughout history.
  • Studio visits 👁

    Clarice Cunha

    Disposable monuments, material unfoldings and paradoxical dialogues, are some of the imaginaries explored by the artist Clarice Cunha. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, she lives in Porto since 2019, where she articulates, through a hybrid language, her education in Architecture and Urbanism and the Master in Fine Arts.
    From observations on urban territory, landscape formation and the materiality of cities, Clarice reflects on the human presence and how its intense activity has profoundly altered and explored urban and natural environments.
    From a research process marked by intensive collection and cataloging, results sculptures, installations and scenographies, which take us to a metalinguistic game about the ruin of the world, articulated in a playful and simultaneously critical way.
    In 2021, she participated in the Anuário project with the piece "Sondagem", being her last project “Fábulas sobre a fauna urbana: sala de estar para gatos errantes", an intervention for the Entre Montra platform, in the Parnaso building, Porto.

  • Saturday, april 9, 10pm

    9Kg de Oxigénio — Book launch

    Next Saturday, at 10 pm, we're launching the book resulting from the exhibition 9kg de Oxigénio, presented at GMP in 2019, curated by "A Certain Lack of Coherence", a project managed by André Sousa and Mauro Cerqueira.
    The moment will take place in the space of "A Certain Lack of Coherence" on the occasion of the opening of Babi Badalov's exhibition, "Darktoevsky," one of the artists in 9kg de Oxigénio.
    The publication has contributions from the 18 participating artists and unpublished texts by Guilherme Blanc and Pedro de Llano.
    A Certain Lack of Coherence
    Rua dos Caldeireiros 77, 4050-140 Porto

    The book includes contributions from:
    Guilherme Blanc, Uma Certa Falta de Coerência (André Sousa e Mauro Cerqueira), Pedro de Llano Leira, Babi Badalov, Daniel Barroca, António Bolota, Camilo Castelo Branco, Merlin Carpenter, Rolando Castellón, June Crespo, Luisa Cunha e Fernando J. Ribeiro, Stephan Dillemuth, Loretta Fahrenholz, Pedro G. Romero, Dan Graham, Alisa Heil, Mike Kelley, Ruchama Noorda, Silvestre Pestana, Josephine Pryde, Angel Calvo Ulloa, Xoan Torres.
  • Encounters between Art, Music, Nature and Science

    Gallery Energy

    I’m wind, fire, leaf and tree
    I’m spirit, passion and dream
    I light, I heat, I spark
    I power.
    I’m matter and force
    I’m actuality, instability, vitality
    I’m mutation and movement
    I change form, place and meaning. 
    You can extract and exploit me but not destroy me
    You can ignite and transfer me but not conceive me.
    I’m anywhere and nowhere
    Here and there, now and then
    I’m Gallery Energy. 
    Together with artists, musicians, poets, scientists and writers, I’ll appear and reappear, running, singing, flying and dancing, across library halls and market stalls, movie theatres and recording studios, wastelands and romantic gardens. 
    I’m a year-long cycle of concerts, talks and walks arranged in four threads:

    Science is Art — Considering how science and art discover and interrogate the world, I bring researchers out of the lab, inviting them to share their knowledge about themes that matter for the present of art, such as fear, reproduction and modern alchemy.
    Friday, 8 April — Marta MoitaThe Science of Fear 
    Friday, 22 July — Patricia Saragüeta, The Jaguar’s Friend
    Imaginaries — Understanding imaginaries as devices to conceive the present, desire change and create the future, I invite germinal contemporary thinkers to present a source of imaginary important for the present. 
    Friday, 29 April — Teresa CastroThinking with Lichens and Weeds
    Wednesday, 22 June — Saidiya HartmanHistory Retold
    Commented Concerts — Conceiving the concert as a conversation, I invite musicians to discuss their stylistic choices, aesthetic influences and references through performance and dialogue. Notes will range from gong resonances to cultural exchanges, and the exploration of cosmic ancestral forces.
    Saturday, 28 May — João Pais FilipeSun Oddly Quiet 
    Sunday, 19 June — InvernomutoBlack Med, Chapters IV & VI 
    Friday, 30 September — Nkisi, Invisible Gestures
    Grazes and Grazes — I’ll take you through pathways where nature and the city meet, guided by the attentive gaze of artists and botanists whose research traverses medicine, cuisine and sustainability and whose perspectives challenge taxonomic and topological conventions. 
    Saturday, 9 July — A RecoletoraUnsubmissive Plants
    Image: "Jaguarete", by Patricia Saragüeta
  • Studio visits 👁

    Mariana Vilanova

    How can technology become an extension of the body and memory? — This is perhaps one of the major questions approched by Mariana Vilanova in her work.
    In a digital journey through the processes of simulation and reconstruction of images, the artist tells us about the manipulations of human and artificial memory in works like "Evoking a Simulated Past", but also about the premises of Russian Cosmism, with which she worked for her last exhibition "Before and After Us" at Rampa space.
    Living in Porto, Mariana Vilanova has been exploring a permanent dialogue between space and time, reflecting on the impact of the digital in the apprehension of information and in a production of images that merge the representation of the visible with the poetics of scale.

  • Studio visits 👁

    Joana da Conceição

    Psychedelic camellias, feminist echoes of Classical Antiquity, Yoda's manicured hands, delirious geometry — these are some of the fragments of the multifaceted work of artist Joana da Conceição.
    Born in Porto and currently residing in Lisbon, after a period of residence in New York, the artist has a syncretic practice, being also the founder, along with André Abel, of Tropa Macaca, one of the most active musical duos in the country.
    During our visit to his studio, in an old and picturesque cultural association in Lisbon, we talked about his love for prehistoric forms and imagery, his relationship between images and sounds, and his most recent exhibition, at Quérela, where she created an intimate and scenic environment with paintings and sounds, which we also visited.
  • GMP Editions

    Galeria Municiapal launches 2nd edition of

    After the success of the first edition, the Galeria Municipal do Porto publishes again the book "Musonautas, Visões & Avarias: 1960-2010 - 5 Décadas de Inquietação Musical"!
    The publication is now available for purchase at the Galeria Municipal do Porto counter, or by mail, by contacting
  • Studio visits 👁

    Alisa Heil

    We visited "Tiresias Und Der Kleine Tod", Alisa Heil's exhibition/installation at Espaço Mira. Based on the Greek mythology of Tiresias, a blind prophet of Apollo in Thebes, who was for seven years turned into a woman, Heil created an immersive and sensorial environment, where material elements and lighting, sound and olfactory compositions surround us, transforming our perceptual experience. The visit was made together with curator Fernanda Brenner, artistic director of Pivô Arte e Pesquisa in São Paulo.
    Born in Germany, Alisa Heil lives in Porto, occasionally working under the pseudonym Abraham Winterstein, a combination of the maiden names of her two grandmothers. Heil focuses on the feminine representation of mythology and popular culture, reflecting it in the present through the sensoriality of materials. She has programmed, since 2017, the independent art space Kunsthalle Freeport, at Stop Shopping Centre, in Porto.

  • GMP Editions

    Galeria Municipal launches the publication “To School Out of School”

    “To School Out of School” results from the homonymous contemporary art reflection course, integrated in the second edition of the municipal programme entitled Colectivos Pláka. 
    “To School Out of School” was coordinated by Ana Rocha, producer, curator, choreographer and performer, and André Sousa, artist and co-founder of the artistic project "A Certain Lack of Coherence", tooking place in three moments between the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019. The course brought together national and international artists and thinkers in the creation of a temporary workshop on contemporary studies focusing on collectives, solo actions, informal or institutional structures that develop their projects in the area of ​​curatorship and reflecion about Culture nowadays.
    The publication, co-edited by Ana Rocha and André Sousa, brings together contributions from the curators, critics and artists who participated in the course: Adrian Heathfield, Benjamin Seroussi, Catarina Saraiva, Fadwa Naamna, Irit Rogoff, Markus Miessen, Olivier Marbeout, Pedro G. Romero and Stephan Dillemuth, along with drawings by Mauro Cerqueira, and introduction by Guilherme Blanc, Artistic Director of Batalha Centro de Cinema, who curated the initiative and the editorial project.
    Promoted within the scope of the Pláka platform, the Colectivos Pláka programme brings together reflection and thought production groups on contemporary art and artistic practice, with the central focus of enhancing opportunities for thinking, learning and knowledge sharing between artists and cultural agents residing in Porto.
    Purchases can be made through this website or at the Galeria Municipal do Porto counter.
    Ágora – Cultura e Desporto do Porto, E.M. / Galeria Municipal do Porto
    Editorial project:
    Guilherme Blanc
    Ana Rocha, André Sousa
    Adrian Heathfield 
    Benjamin Seroussi
    Catarina Saraiva
    Fadwa Naamna
    Guilherme Blanc
    Irit Rogoff
    Markus Miessen
    Mauro Cerqueira
    Olivier Marbeout
    Pedro G. Romero
    Stephan Dillemuth
    Editorial coordination:
    Tiago Dias dos Santos
    Graphic Design:
    José Peneda
    Cláudia Coimbra
    Martin Dale
    Proof revision:
    Cláudia Gonçalves
    Diana Reis
    Hernâni Baptista

    Renato Cruz Santos
    Empresa Diário do Porto
  • Studio visits 👁

    Samuel Wenceslau

    "A stain is also beauty", teach us Samuel Wenceslau. Artist originally from Nova Lima (Brazil) and currently living in Porto, Samuel welcomed us in his studio-garden-home that houses plants and images of plants, archives and scenography, memory and discovery, affections and research. 
    During our Study visit, we talked about his relationship with botany and discovered the affective-formal nomenclatures he has been creating through graphic representations of plants and mosses. In his project "Studiolo Gráfico / Inventário Gráfico de Formas Naturais", Samuel brings together elements from the landscape of Minas Gerais and Northern Portugal. 
    Besides being a visual artist, Samuel is also the "Queen of Scrap", collecting abandoned objects in the streets, and is part of the Kebraku collective.
  • Revisiting Public Programmes

    "Statues of Tehran", by Bahman Kiarostami

    Part of the public programme of the exhibition "Desertado. Algo que aconteceu pode acontecer novamente", the documentary "Statues of Tehran" was presented, signed by the director Bahman Kiarostami. 
    The filmic work questions the function of monuments in today’s Tehran, a postmodern and ideologically overburdened mega-metropolis, afflicted by oblivion. The piece retraces the fate of two important public sculptures: the first, a pioneering work commissioned by the royal family in the 1970s by the then most prominent sculptor of modernity, Bahman Mohassess; the second, a tribute to the Islamic Revolution installed in Revolution Square, by Iraj Eskandari. Under the aegis of the Revolution, the former was condemned first to neglect and finally to be stored, while the latter became a reference piece among the profusion of public projects celebrating the Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War.
    An exhibition by:
    Maria Trabulo
    Curated by:
    Pieternel Vermoortel
    With the artists:
    Abbas Akhavan, Ana Kun, Bahman Kiarostami, Dora García, Flaka Haliti, Jeremiah Day, Loukia Alavanou, Melvin Moti and Pilvi Takala.
  • Studio visits 👁

    Paula Pinto

    We visited the studio of the curator Paula Parente Pinto, co-curator of the exhibition "Que Horas são Que Horas / Uma Galeria de Histórias" which took place at Galeria Municipal do Porto in 2021. Her transdisciplinary research focuses on historical research and the recovery and activation of archives.
    During our visit, Paula Parente Pinto showed us the work she is developing around the performance collection of art critic Egídio Álvaro. The various materials that make up the collection, originally archived in Paris, were brought to Porto by the curator, and are now being researched, restored and catalogued. They will soon be shared through a programme of activities at the RAMPA space, a project developed thanks to a Criatório 2021 support grant.
  • Revisiting exhibitions

    Editar Evento - 'Luchona, por Gabriel Chaile' ▲ PortuguêsInglês Titulo - EN

    As part of the group exhibition "Feet of Clay" curated by Chus Martínez and Filipa Ramos, in 2021 at GMP, Gabriel Chaile presented a sculpture entitled "Luchona".
    "My work is linked to an anthropological predisposition of understanding our own things. I always took myself as an object of study on a visual level and a lot of things appeared from there. I always took what was closest to me first, and that was working-class life. I saw those images, I saw my mother baking bread all her life in a clay oven and my father, a bricklayer, arriving late, not sleeping, not resting much, working a lot. All situations that I approach formally and visually, are a way to talk about what doesn’t happen in the mainstream of society and which is there, it
    has to do with life in places that are not visible." Gabriel Chaile
    In Latin America, luchona [fighter] is a derogatory name given to young single mothers who are considered to be immature and irresponsible for partying hard while raising their children. Gabriel Chaile’s monumental Luchona pays tribute to these women by revealing their resourceful and loving nature.
    We revisited the archive of Galeria Municipal do Porto, bringing to the present some of the pieces, exhibition projects or moments part of the public and learning programmes since 2016.
    Feet of Clay
    12.06 – 22.08.2021
    Curated by:
    Chus Martínez
    Filipa Ramos
    Neïl Beloufa
    Isabel Carvalho
    Gabriel Chaile
    Pauline Curnier Jardin
    Formabesta (Salvador e Juan Cidrás)
    Tamara Henderson
    Ana Jotta
    Eduardo Navarro

    Gabriel Chaile.
    "Luchona", 2021.
    Metal structure, adobe, wood, soil.
    Courtesy of the artist and Barro, Buenos Aires and ChertLüdde, Berlim.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Orlando Vieira Francisco

    Today we visited Orlando Vieira Francisco, born in Brazil, artist in residence at the Ateliers Municipais do Porto.
    Orlando focuses on reseach as artistic practice, exploring, exploring themes such as landscape, environmental crime or the extractive industry and archives, from a critical, activist and transnational perspective.
    He has recently been in residency in Belgium, with the project "It's already night / no light above the horizon" at Samenschool, Antwerp, with the Shuttle support; and in Brazil, where he initiated the investigation "O cerne da questão", by the LARS project.
  • GMP Editions

    Galeria Municipal do Porto launches the book “Masks”

    In 2020 Galeria Municipal do Porto hosted the exhibition "Máscaras (Masks)". The publication, co-edited with Mousse Publishing, is now available for purchase.
    The exhibition project, which was curated by João Laia and Valentinas Klimašauskas, focused on the role of masks throughout history, materialized in the works of twenty-one artists. An artifact present in society since ancient times, the mask took the most varied forms and roles: from caricature to camouflage, from imitation to social makeup, going through the online and offline world. In the words of the curators, the mask brought together “completely different people in time and space”.
    Thought even before the pandemic, the exhibition was presented when masks became mandatory at the entrance of museums. Two years later, these objects are still present in everyday life, giving the publication a pressing and current symbology. The editorial project, also undertaken by the two curators, had contributions from Guilherme Blanc, Grada Kilomba, Zack Blas and the collective Omsk Social Club. More than a catalogue, “Masks” is an extension of the exhibition project in book format, prolonging its reflections through unpublished and complementary textual contributions to the exhibition.
    The publication is available for purchase at the Galeria Municipal do Porto counter, or by mail, via the email
  • Revisiting Public programmes

    Erro 417: Talks, walks and performances

    The public programme of the exhibition “Erro 417: Expectativa Falhada” was presented in two moments, bringing together a set of activities composed of talks, walks and performances.
    The first moment included the poet and indigenous researcher Ellen Lima, who proposed a walk through the gardens of Palácio de Cristal. Later, Lima joined in a talk with Coletivo FACA and Marta Espiridião, curator of the exhibition project. On the same day, the performance "Estomacus", by the duo Trypas Corassão, was also presented in the exhibition space.
    In the second part of the programme, there was a talk entitled "Error 406: Not Acceptable" with the participation of Hilda de Paulo, Luan Okun and Marta Espiridião. Okun also presented the performance "O jeito que o corpo dá", which had the collaboration of Joni Ricos and video projection by Yuna Turva.
    February 14th and 19th, 2022
  • Studio visits 👁

    Svenja Tiger

    We headed to Bonfin to visit the studio of Svenja Tiger, who took part in the last edition of the Anuário project.
    Trained in costume design and fine arts, Svenja Tiger conceives of textiles as a form of painting in which she celebrates the multiplicity of bodies, shaping their possible mutations.
    Influenced by fables and folk tales, mythologies and fictions, the artist crosses the real and folklore, the human, animal and natural in artworks in which the body is both vehicle, adornment and movement.
  • Studio visit 👁

    Pedro Moreira

    We visited Sarau Studio where Pedro Moreira works, whose artistic practice explores questions of identity. Combining theology, mythology and esotericism, Pedro Moreira creates imaginary forms and beings that organically emerge from their videos, installations, performances and ceramic sculptures.
  • Revisiting the Learnning programme

    An analysis of the Colonial Exhibitions, by Bambi Ceuppens

    In May of this year, we received the anthropologist and curator Bambi Ceuppens for a conference that focused on the analysis of the Colonial Exhibitions in Porto, in 1934, and in Brussels, in 1958, focusing on the issue of human zoos and on the ethical implications of these events in contemporaneity.
    The moment, presented in the auditorium of Biblioteca Municipald Almeida Garret, was part of the axis "Um Elefante no Palácio de Cristal", curated by Alexandra Balona, Melissa Rodrigues and Nuno Coelho with InterStruct Collective. Part of ping! – Programa de Incursão à Galeria.
     May 13, 2022
  • Revisiting Public programmes

    Guided visit and film projection with Milena Bonilla

    The public programme of the exhibition "The Hour Before Sunset" by Milena Bonilla, curated by Juan Luis Toboso, took place on the weekend of February 5th and was attended by the artist for a guided tour of the exhibition and also for the projection of the film "I am Life and Life is Beautiful", part of the exhibition project. The screening was followed by a talk between Bonilla and Filipa Ramos.
    February 6th, 2022
    Auditorium of Biblioteca Municipald Almeida Garrett
  • Studio visits 👁

    Dayana Lucas

    Dayana Lucas, in residence at Ateliers Municipais, was the first artist we visited in an encounter that led us to talk about her current work, which crosses drawing, sculpture, performance and graphic design. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Dayana Lucas has lived in Porto for several years, where she recently launched Orinoco, an editorial project dedicated to the publication of artist's books, each with its own identity and format.
    Artist Uriel Orlow, who has been developing the workshop "Assembly of Plants" with ping!, also joined the visit.

  • Revisiting exhibitions

    The Oracle, by Diana Policarpo

    Part of the exhibition “Nets of Hyphae” by Diana Policarpo, the artist presents the video entitled “The Oracle”. The piece provides a historical contextualization of ergot, from Greek mythology to the Middle Ages, highlighting the pioneering knowledge and practices of midwives, healers, and peasants, in traditional medicine, pharmacology and obstetrics. Through this work, the artist also draws connections between women’s struggles for reproductive justice, from the Salem witch trials to abortion rights today.
    “Claviceps purpurea, also known as ergot, is a parasitic fungus that infects grains and grasses, especially rye, destroying the ovaries of plants. ‘When I discovered that it attacked the reproductive system of plants, I immediately established a parallel with the human body and the reproductive health of women’, explains Diana Policarpo. This fungus has hallucinogenic and medicinal properties, having been used over several decades by healers and midwives, to perform abortions and help women in the pre and postpartum period. It was even one of the plants used for abortive purposes by enslaved women (raped by enslavers and colonizers) who did not want to give birth to future slaves.” — in Jornal Público, January 12, in an interview by the journalist Mariana Duarte.
    The exhibition “Nets of Hyphae” was presented at GMP netween 2020 and 2021 and was curated by Stefanie Hessler and coproduced by Kunsthall Trondheim.
    We revisited the archive of Galeria Municipal do Porto, bringing to the present some of the pieces, exhibition projects or moments part of the public and learning programmes since 2016.

    Nets of Hyphae 
    Diana Policarpo
    04.12.2020 - 25.04.2021
    Curated by:
    Stefanie Hessler
    Kunsthall Trondheim

    Diana Policarpo
    "The Oracle", 2020.
    Video, 10’ loop.


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