Tipo: Exhibitions


An unprecedented interpretation of Dante’s journey through the artworks of António Carneiro is the cultural proposal of the Lionesa Business Hub (LBH), in partnership with Soares dos Reis National Museum, for the entire community and open to the population.


Inferno – Dante’s Journey by António Carneiro, based on the painter’s 42 drawings, is the result of a partnership between Lionesa Business Hub, Lionesa Group, Soares dos Reis National Museum and ASCIPDA – Associazione Socio-Culturale Italiana del Portogallo Dante Alighieri.

The installation presents the nine infernal circles, each representing different stories and concepts in an eternal cycle of experiences and rebirth. A metaphor for human life, with a beginning, complexity and a point of arrival that is also a new beginning. The objective is to stimulate a unique moment of reflection and decision in the Lionesa Business Hub community.


This partnership between Soares dos Reis National Museum and the Lionesa Business Hub is the result of a patronage protocol that the Lionesa Group signed with the Museum and which went towards the requalification of rooms in the Palácio dos Carrancas. This initiative reinforces the orientation towards cultural democracy, awakening to the themes of well-being through art and culture.


The exhibition is free to access and will be open until Mars 2024. Everyday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.


The Art for Art movement, created by the Lionesa Group, has teamed up with the Soares dos Reis National Museum’s Other Places project and SIGN to present LUGAR CATIVO, an exhibition open to the city of a selection of paintings from the museum’s collection, available to the public from 29 September.


LUGAR CATIVO is a set of portraits that position their gaze on the city and the viewer, a two-way observation between the character represented and their audience, and vice versa, in a dialogue developed to suit each person. Around 40 reproductions are placed on the façades of buildings.

Reinforcing the Museum’s motto “A museum of people, by people for people”, the Other Places programme aims to continue the touring of the Soares dos Reis National Museum’s collections with partner organisations. The action aims to go beyond the Museum’s space and its formal organisation to involve unlikely and different curatorships, given the nature of the partners, the place of presentation and the respective contexts.


The selection of artworks that will be on display on Rua do Cativo over the next few months, for the enjoyment of those who pass through the street, will find here a space dedicated to cultural democracy. This is a joint initiative between Lionesa Group, Soares dos Reis National Museum and SIGN – Wide Format Printing.


The exhibition also marks the 1st anniversary of the Lionesa Group and continues the Art for Art initiative, a movement that sees art as a magnifying glass on the territory, a stethoscope on the neighbour, a stereoscope on an entire community.

Long-term exhibition

Tuesday to Sunday
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM


With a history spanning almost 200 years, this exhibition begins a new era in the museum’s history. It is taking on a distinctive and critical repositioning that is manifested in a new look at its collections.


Aware of the demands of an increasingly proactive and knowledgeable society, it seeks to provide opportunities for new readings and new narratives, always valuing the cultural heritage it integrates and honoring the history of which it is heir.


This long-term exhibition thus allows a global view of the Soares dos Reis National Museum in a journey with two complementary narratives. The first reflects its history and the way in which the collections were integrated and the second values the artists and their works.


An invitation to appreciate the iconic works of all times and an opportunity to glimpse new discoveries in a unique space that belongs to everyone and for everyone.


What do we expect? To bring the Soares dos Reis National Museum closer to its history, assuming itself as a cultural and artistic institution of reference, with a collection of international dimension.


An essential place for knowledge, a special place for leisure, discovery, questioning, a place for people… come in, visit, see, observe, enjoy and… come back!


Tuesday to Sunday
10:00 AM to 06:00 PM


Curated by António Saint Silvestre

The Soares dos Reis National Museum, in partnership with the São João da Madeira City Council, o Oliva Art Center and collectors António Saint Silvestre and Richard Treger, with the support of Circulo Dr. José de Figueiredo, presents an exhibition of portraits and self-portraits that are part of the Treger Saint Silvestre Collection, one of the most important and extensive private collections of Art Brut in the world.


Based on the Esperanto expression portreto de la animo – which in Portuguese means “portrait of the soul” –, the exhibition will provide a meeting between works from the collection of the Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis and the Treger Saint Silvestre collection, stored at the Centro de Olive Art. Portraits and self-portraits present themselves as tools for exploring the inner world and its multiple expressions.


Enjoying the work of art is complemented by a program of activities for different audiences. We highlight the moments of reflection and debate on the connection between art and mental health, a theme that runs through most of the works on display.


Richard Treger e António Saint Silvestre iniciaram a sua coleção inspirados no percurso iniciado por Jean Dubuffet, pioneiro na recolha de produções artísticas que se convertem em relatos do inconsciente. For the first time, they present their Portrait Gallery at MNSR.


The exhibition has the patronage support of the Millenium bcp Foundation and Lusitânia Seguros, as well as the institutional support of the Dr. José de Figueiredo Circle – Friends of the Soares dos Reis National Museum.

Sine Terra (variations in minor key)

Direction / Cinematography / Post-production
José Carlos Teixeira

Fernando Miguel Jalôto

Sine Terra (variations in minor key) is a video installation by José Carlos Teixeira around the sculpture O Desterrado (The Exiled), by António Soares dos Reis, which explores concepts related to the falling, multiple and fragmented identity, exile and various types of displacement. The artist proposes a new gaze at the emotions that O Desterrado (The Exiled) conveys to visitors and simultaneously presents a poetic meditation and documentary piece around the sculpture produced in Rome 150 years ago by the Museum’s patron.

José Carlos Teixeira presents two tempi: a more objective and factual one in the framing of the sculpture in situ along with the research about Soares dos Reis, combined with a more subjective and essayistic tempo – of this project’s creation and composition, stemming from his own autobiographical motivations, as an author, visual artist, and emigrant/immigrant.

The soundtrack for the video installation is played on the harpsichord by Fernando Miguel Jalôto, with pieces by Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) and Vasco Negreiros (1965), and includes the recitation in Portuguese and English of poems by Portuguese and foreign authors such as Alexandre Herculano, author of the poem Tristezas do Desterro, which inspired Soares dos Reis to sculpt O Desterrado (The Exiled).

Exhibition Aurélia de Souza AS CASAS by Rui Pinheiro

Authorship and Curation
Rui Pinheiro

Ana Paula Machado

Aurélia’s houses, places where her painting lives, where, in the flow of days, looks, memories and idiosyncrasies intersect.Show a painting or photograph it. Appropriation. Distant reverence or passion, indifference or filial love, dilettantism or obsession, but always appropriation. Prolonging desire and restlessness, showing a painting, wherever and however we do it, requires a representation device, which, almost always by default, exposes and reveals us. In Aurélia’s homes there are many such “self-portraits”, insubmissive, indiscreet, treacherous at times, demanding the photographer’s attention and sensitivity at every step.


The photographic campaign carried out for Aurélia de Souza’s catalog raisonée, which will allow for a systematic inventory of all her work in public and private collections, was the starting point for Rui Pinheiro’s exhibition. The places where the pieces were photographed, in many cases the living rooms of private collectors, are revealed by the photographer and give a new context to the artist’s legacy. The visitor is confronted with more than 30 photographs of interior spaces that relate to paintings and drawings by Aurélia de Souza, as if proposing new stories.


The exhibition is sponsored by the BPI La Caixa Foundation and institutionally supported by Círculo Dr. José de Figueiredo – Friends of the Soares dos Reis National Museum.

Exhibition Chiado, Carmo, Paris The Places of Dordio Gomes and the Bifurcations of Painting

José Quaresma

Andrés Naranjo Macías | Bethânia Barbosa B. de Sousa | Catarina Mendes | Cláudia Colares | Enrique López Marín | Gina Martins | Joana Alves | João Castro Silva | José Gracia Pastor | José Quaresma | Juan Carlos Ramos Guadix | Mairen Rendón Gutiérrez | Nadya Ismail | Nicoleta Sanduslescu | Noelia Garrido Jiménez | Patricia Olivares Hurtado | Paulo Lourenço | Pedro Zhang | Ramón Freire Santa Cruz | Ricardo Garcia | Suzana Azevedo | Tiago Batista | Vasco Maia e Moura | Xavier B. Tourais

Based on the project Chiado, Carmo, Paris / Arts in the Public Sphere, which aims to highlight the artistic production of Dordio Gomes and bring him closer to different spaces, the MNSR puts on the exhibition CHIADO, CARMO, PARIS THE PLACES OF DORDIO GOMES AND THE FORKS OF PAINTING in the cultural agenda of Porto, the city where the artist and pedagogue taught for 30 years. Its integration into the MNSR’s programming is also related to the presence of very relevant works by the modernist painter in its collection.

The result of a partnership with the Faculty of Fine Arts in Granada, Spain, the exhibition reflects the training of different generations. It includes contemporary plastic works by 24 Portuguese and foreign artists inspired by Manuel Ángeles Ortiz (1895-1984), one of the main representatives of the Spanish School of Paris, with a path parallel to that of Dórdio Gomes in the Parisian artistic world at the beginning of the 20th century. The artists’ appropriations, which present pieces of painting, drawing, sculpture and engraving, continue the artistic, pedagogical and aesthetic change, characteristics of Dórdio Gomes.

The exhibition’s parallel program includes a conference, at the MNSR, on April 20th around the journey and legacy of the painter and pedagogue Dordio Gomes.

Scientific illustration in the museum context by CRISTINA JORGE

Commissioner – MNSR

With the presentation of Ana Cristina Jorge’s proposal – Scientific drawing and its pedagogical-cultural aspect in the imagery of Angolan artefacts in the museum context and as a factor in enhancing the collection and source of its own financing – we began a new way of disseminating it to the public research work on some of the museum’s collections. In this case, a group of Angolan artefacts that have been in reserve since 1940.

The work of designing and building object prototypes, for sale in the museum store, is an opportunity to reflect on the potential contained in the works we preserve, beyond the issues of historical representation or aesthetic meaning that we usually reveal.

The Material of Painting: works by Francisco José Resende, Marques de Oliveira and Aurélia de Souza

Organisation – Soares dos Reis National Museum in partnership with the Catholic University of Porto

This exhibition was part of the project, “Materials and Techniques of Painters from the North of Portugal developed by the Catholic University School of Arts’ Centre for Research on the Science and Technology of the Arts.

ARTUR LOUREIRO, 1853 – 1932

Commissioner – Elisa Soares and Sandra Archibald

This exhibition presents 200 works from a universe of several hundred that the painter created. It is structured in groups, organized, initially, according to a chronological criterion and throughout the rest of the presentation according to a thematic criterion.

Artur Loureiro attended the Academy of Fine Arts between 1870 and 1875 and had the opportunity to visit European centers with a great artistic tradition, as well as closely following the aesthetic renewal movements of the late 19th century.

When Artur Loureiro arrived in Porto in 1901, he settled in the studio-school he opened in the Palácio de Cristal to continue his activity as a painter and teacher.

He held annual exhibitions to present and sell his paintings, as well as one to present his students’ work.

Drawing Drawing Project

Commissioner – Alberto Carneiro, Joaquim Moreno

The exhibition is born from an attempt to test new understandings of drawing in the field of architectural practice, valuing above all the multiplicity of authorial expressions and the experimental nature of the sketched solutions.

It brings together around 200 drawings. The selection of the works presented came from the commissioners’ visits to ateliers, municipal archives and documentation centers, seeking to inventory a significant sample of the practice of drawing as an instrument of thought in resolving realized or merely projected architectural programs.

XXIX Collective Exhibition of the Tree Partners

Coordination – Laura Soutinho

This initiative, which Cooperativa Árvore promotes every year among its members, invites the participation of all creative partners in all forms of expression. This year the exhibition brings together at MNSR a set of 169 original works – painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, tapestry, drawing, graphic work, among others.

The human body: inside, outside and from the inside out

Commissioner – António Sousa Pereira, Director of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar (ICBAS), Amélia Ferraz, Dulce Madeira (FMUP) and Raquel Barbosa (FPCEUP)

The exhibition is presented as the highlight of the “Space, Body and Wellbeing” cycle, promoted by the University of Porto (U.Porto) and the MNSR, and the result of a joint venture between the U.Porto, the MNSR and the Serralves Foundation. In a unique circuit, it presents paintings by Paula Rego, from the Serralves collection, and pieces from the Anatomy museums of the Faculty of Medicine of the U.Porto and the Abel Salazar Institute of Biomedical Sciences. The cycle also features conferences, installations and performances with the common objective of debating the body and its surroundings.

Depositium 3 – Blind Date

Commissioner – Students of the University of Porto
Coordination – Hugo Barreira, from the University of Porto, Adelaide Carvalho and Paula Azeredo (MNSR)

The exhibition is the result of the work developed in the new Curricular Unit of the University of Porto Culture, Art and Heritage: the museum as a place of enjoyment, which brings together undergraduate and master’s students from different areas such as Management, Law, Veterinary Science, Architecture or Fine Arts.
Reflecting the focus on collaborative projects and unlikely curations, the exhibition reinforces interaction with the MNSR’s audiences. In the third edition of the DEPOSITORIUM cycle, the pieces were selected from the painting, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics and textile reserves.
The proposal that the commissioners make to visitors is in line with the concept of a blind date with a work of art. At the entrance, a questionnaire is provided that suggests a match with one of the 15 works of art present and the visitor will have to find it, being confronted on the circuit by other pieces.

Magellan and the Peoples of Fire and Sea

Creation and curator – Alvaro Veraguas David Urtubia

Magellan and the Peoples of Fire and Sea, designed by the Chilean agency AL SUR.REAL, documented how the native peoples of southern Chile welcomed Ferdinand Magellan’s fleet during the first circumnavigation.
From a free application available for mobile devices, visitors made their way through an augmented reality circuit of images displayed in watercolours and showing how these transhumant peoples lived; particularly how they navigated, hunted and what rituals they performed.

Save Material

Commissioner – Paulo Mendes
Authorship – Renato Ferrão

Renato Ferrão presents new works in a site-specific exhibition-installation. The visitor is confronted with a set of projection machines that claim an appropriate iconographic imagery, related to the alchemy of the image and its phantasmagoria.
The exhibition is part of the Orbital project program, a co-production between Cooperativa Árvore and MNSR that reinforces the concept of movement, of orbit between places, and that covers several disciplinary areas, from visual arts to cinema.

Two Centuries: Scientific Instruments in the History of the City of Porto

Commissioner – Luís Miguel Bernardo

Organization – Science Museum of the University of Porto

The exhibition is constructed from pieces from the 19th century and early 20th century belonging to the collection of the Science Museum of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto. This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to revisit the history of teaching and scientific research in the city of Porto. To bring together the assets that the University of Porto now brings to the entire community, the dedication of teachers who, over time, have preserved and conserved the instruments, allowing them to reach the present day. Only in this way is it possible to have a historical perspective of the technical education that was taught in the institutions that preceded the Faculty of Sciences and what took place in the first decades of this school’s life. It will also be possible to evaluate some modern objects, enabling a comparison exercise.

This exhibition is part of the celebrations of the centenary of the University of Porto.

Memories of Time and Built Heritage

Coordination – António Menéres, Mafalda Beira, Pedro Borges de Araújo, Sérgio Amorim

The exhibition with photographs by António Menéres marks the 50th anniversary of the first edition of popular architecture in Portugal, the result of the Survey of Portuguese regional architecture (1955-1961), a pioneering work in the study and dissemination of the most forgotten architectural heritage.

MNSR accepted the challenge that one of the newest architects involved in this remarkable project posed to us. Architect António Menéres was one of the collaborators of the national team, coordinated by architect Keil do Amaral. The architect Carvalho Dias promptly joined the group.

Domusae Spaces for Culture Where the Muses Live

Commissioner – Jesús María Aparicio Guisado and Jesús Donaire García de la Mora.

Organization – Ministry of Culture. Cultural Infrastructure and Equipment Management

The exhibition presents a representative sample of cultural buildings from Spain’s recent history, some with a new plan and others that recover the architecture of other times. Among the authors of the projects are some of the masters of contemporary Spanish architecture, as well as authors from a younger generation who ensure the renewed continuity of this commitment to quality.

Animation Territory – Learn How Animated Cinema Is Made

Organization – Casa da Animação

This exhibition teaches the techniques of animation cinema through the collection of Casa da Animação and films made in Portugal.

It is a historical and technical journey through animated cinema aimed at people of all ages who want to experience it. Volume animation, sand animation, cutout animation and animated painting are some of the animation cinema techniques that will be taught in the interactive exhibition.

The presentation of Portuguese animation film production materials is organized according to a pedagogical logic and equipment and workstations are installed in the workroom that will allow visitors to experience the production of their own animation exercises.

Five Centuries of Drawing in the Fine Arts Collection

Commissioner – Francisco Laranjo

Coordination – Ana Paula Machado, Laura Castro and Maria de Fátima Lambert

Organization – Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto and MNSR

This is the largest and most valuable drawing collection ever assembled by a Portuguese school. In total, around 250 pieces belonging to the collection of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto (FBAUP), some of which were specially acquired for this purpose, will be exhibited in the college’s galleries and rooms at the MNSR. The proposal is to make known, through drawing, the entire history of thought and establish a timeline for artistic education in the undefeated city.

The exhibition is divided into 3 sections, divided between MNSR and FBAUP. The MNSR hosts the third nucleus and is made up of more than 150 donated works from the 20th and 21st centuries. All the artists represented are linked to the Porto School of Fine Arts, such as Júlio Resende, Fernando Lanhas, Siza Vieira and Nadir Afonso. This exhibition concludes the centenary celebrations of the University of Porto.

The National Museum of Soares dos Reis. How a Museum is Born and Grows

The exhibition focuses on the history of the museum, the formation of its collections, including the archaeological collection, through a selection of emblematic pieces.

Sealess Nets – Tapestries from the Manufactura de Portalegre in the Millennium BCP Collection

Curator – Sandra Leandro

This exhibition was part of the Millennium BCP Shared Art initiative. It brought together 13 tapestries from the Manufatura de Tapeçarias de Portalegre based on works by renowned Portuguese artists, such as Almada Negreiros, António Charrua, Costa Pinheiro, Cruzeiro Seixas, Graça Morais, José Guimarães, Júlio Pomar, Júlio Resende, Lourdes Castro, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva and Nadir Afonso belonging to the Millennium BCP art collection. The exhibition opened in Luxembourg, at the headquarters of the European Investment Bank.

Treasures from the Flea Market. the Beauty of Anonymous Design

Commissioner – David Usborne

Organization – MUDE, Design and Fashion Museum

The David Usborne collection, a collection created at the flea market and other street markets, testifies to the ancestral taste for collecting. Bringing together artifacts as diverse as tweezers and clamps, rotary machines, knives, agricultural instruments or surgical utensils, Usborne appears attentive and sensitive to the way in which Man has always been in search of unity between beauty and functionality.

The exhibition presents around 250 artefacts in 9 major categories, which correspond to the main actions and needs of Man, such as hitting, grabbing, cutting, shaping, spreading, protecting. Side by side, there are artisanal tools and industrially manufactured utensils, completely different in their technical formulation, but very similar in terms of their use and shape. Nothing is extra or superfluous.

Patrícia Garrido. More or Less Recent Pieces

Commissioner – Filipa Oliveira

Collaboration – EDP Foundation

Patrícia Garrido brought together furniture from different sources, such as the António Arroio Secondary School, the houses of unknown people and her parents’ apartment where she herself grew up. He sawed all the furniture into pieces of more or less identical size, glued them with Pattex glue and formed compact cubes weighing hundreds of kilos, one for each source. The artist transformed each set with the identity of whoever used it and sought to reflect the memories that each piece would have.

Ventura Porfírio. The Drawing Territory. The Large Formats of the 60s

Commissioner – José Luís Porfírio

From a work that covers more than 70 years of activity by Ventura Porfírio, a relatively small set of drawings were chosen, all close in time, produced during a period of intense activity by the artist, between 1958 and 1967.

This drawing territory seeks to show the variety and unity of work based on long practice and a desire to experiment. Between speed and delay, between form and the boundaries of the formless, between similarity and contrast, these 13 drawings invite us on a journey that is both real and imaginary in that territory always full of surprises and new things that is the design.

Between Margins. Representations of Engineering in Portuguese Art

Commissioner – Bernardo Pinto de Almeida and Manuel Matos Fernandes

The 50th anniversary of the Arrábida Bridge was the pretext for a retrospective of the representation of bridges in Portuguese art, featuring great names in 19th and 20th century painting. An exhibition co-organized by the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto and MNSR, bringing together works by 64 of the main Portuguese artists of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, selected by Manuel Matos Fernandes and Bernardo Pinto de Almeida.

The Plate of the Viscounts of S. João da Pesqueira

Coordination – Friends of MNSR – Dr. José de Figueiredo Circle, MNSR and Diocese of Porto

Among the various facets of Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro’s artistic activity, one of the highlights is the design of a silver plate made up of 300 pieces for the 3rd Viscount of São João da Pesqueira, Luís Maria de Sousa Vahia Rebelo de Morais.

The execution took place between 1900 and 1904, under the direction of master goldsmith Guilherme Soares, head of the Casa Reis & Filhos workshops in Porto, with the collaboration of Bordalo Pinheiro in monitoring the work.

The Manuelina Plate is exhibited to the public for the first time by Casa Reis & Filhos in 1904. The exhibition is held in the context of the IV Congress Silver in Iberoamerica, organized by the Universidade Católica Portuguesa – Escola das Artes.

Contemporary Polish Printmaking

Curator – Halina Chrostowska

This itinerant exhibition featuring contemporary Polish graphic arts was curated by artist, Halina Chrostowska (1929-1990) and organised by the Ministry of Culture and Art of the People’s Republic of Poland. The exhibition included a total of 212 prints, using a wide variety of techniques, made by 36 Polish artists between 1956 and 1980.

António Cardoso. In Parallel – Art, Memories, References and Contexts

Coordination – José Guilherme Abreu, Laura Castro, Leonor Santos and Luísa Garcia Fernandes

The exhibition now presented was born from an initiative carried out by a group of former students of António Cardoso and aims to be a tribute to his art: an art that is fully realized in the reinvention of a humanism that resists and subsists, when It does not grow stronger in its own adversity.