Lucidity disorder and the semantics of madness

21 de November, 2023

Portreto de la Animo exhibition and parallel activities are the focus of the “Art & Health” programme in 2023, continuing the cultural offer aimed at minimising the impact of mental illness.


Portreto de la Animo can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10h00 to 18h00.

The temporary exhibition’s parallel programme includes, on 9 December at 12 noon, a guided tour by José Rui Teixeira, about “Portraits and self-portraits – Between the disorder of lucidity and the semantics of madness”.


In this exhibition, we only know where to enter and, in the end, where to leave. Inside, all the routes are random. There are no signs, only tendencies to move, with the awareness that those who move are displaced in a reality that is transformed in the place of a drift. What fits into the realms of raw art? Let’s accept – as an exercise in an epistemology without responsibilities – that raw art is what results from the intrinsic violence of being between these two abandonments: being and existing.



José Rui Teixeira was born in Porto in 1974. After theological and philosophical studies, he took a doctorate in Literature at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Porto. He is the director of the Sophia Chair at the Catholic University. He collaborates with important European and South American research centres, institutes and chairs, taking part in projects, giving lectures and publishing essays that bring together his areas of training and scientific interest: theology, philosophy, literature and art, anthropology and the history of culture and religions. He is the pedagogical director of the Colégio Luso-Francês (Porto), an editor and a poet.