Temporary exhibition with over 31,500 visitors

6 de December, 2023

More than 31,500 people have already visited the “Portreto de la Animo Art Brut Etc.” exhibition at the Soares dos Reis National Museum.


This is an exhibition of portraits and self-portraits from the Treger Saint Silvestre collection, one of the most important and extensive private collections of Art Brut in the world.


The exhibition has around 150 works by 99 artists and also includes various pieces from the Soares dos Reis National Museum collection, placed in dialogue with pieces from the Treger Saint Silvestre Collection, such as the Bust-Reliquary of São Pantaleão; the Mortuary Mask of Soares dos Reis, by José Joaquim Teixeira Lopes; the Spittoon, by Rafael Bordallo Pinheiro; and the oil Mother and Daughter, by Sarah Afonso; among others.

Started in the 1980s, the Treger Saint Silvestre Collection, on display at the Centro de Arte Oliva, includes a large collection of works of Art Brut, one of the most important and extensive private collections in the world, with a large number of renowned authors.


The exhibition “Portreto de la Animo” is a section of this collection that brings together a group of works focussing on portraits and self-portraits.


The portraits reveal an inner figure, a particularly vivid creativity and invention, as can be seen in the works of Aloïse Corbaz, Ted Gordon, James Deed, Edemund Monsiel, Aleksander Lobanov, Alessandra Michelangelo or the Portuguese artist Jaime Fernandes, among others. Many of them appear to be self-portraits that claim an existence of which these artists were and felt deprived.


The “Portreto de la Animo” exhibition is being promoted in partnership with São João da Madeira City Council, the Centro de Arte Oliva and collectors António Saint Silvestre and Richard Treger, with the patronage support of the Millennium bcp Foundation and Lusitânia Seguros and the institutional support of Círculo Dr José de Figueiredo – Associação de Amigos do MNSR.


It will be open to the public until 31 December 2023.