The Soares dos Reis National Museum, housed in an 18th-century building known as Carrancas Palace, was the object of a thorough renovation and expansion, according to a project by architect Fernando Távora.
Fernando Távora started the remodeling projects and works in 1988, divided into seven phases and each covering different wings of the Museum: the permanent exhibition galleries, the management building, the educational service, the cafeteria, the Noble Floor, the reserves, the extension for temporary exhibitions, the auditorium and the Rainha Dona Amélia Garden.
“Fernando Távora. Pensamento Livre (Free Thought)” is an initiative from the Marques da Silva Foundation and the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto. Curated by Alexandre Alves Costa (coordinator), Ana Alves Costa, Jorge Figueira, José António Bandeirinha, Luís Martinho Urbano, Maria Manuel Oliveira, the exhibition proposes a journey through the life and works by the Architect Fernando Távora.
The exhibition is the central activity of the Távora 100. This celebration program for the Centenary of Fernando Távora is part of a common proposition by the Order of the Architects, the Marques da Silva Foundation and the three School of Architecture where his innovative vision was felt and, even, (re)foundational, the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto, the Department of Architecture of the University of Coimbra and the School of Architecture, Art and Design of the University of Minho.
The program Távora 100 counts with the institutional support of Soares dos Reis National Museum.
Settled in a 18th century building, called Palácio dos Carrancas, the Soares dos Reis National Museum was the object of a deep remodulation and amplification, according to the project of the architect Fernando Távora.
Fernando Távora begins his projects and works of remodulation in 1988, divided into seven phases and contemplating each one of the different Museum’s wings: the permanent exhibitions rooms, the direction’s office, the educational services, the cafeteria, the Noble Floor, the stocks, the extension for temporary exhibitions and the auditorium, and the garden fence outside.