Lisbon’s Chiado Contemporary Art Museum Now and in the Future

Lisbon's Chiado Museum - The National Museum of Contemporary ArtIt has just been announced that Lisbon’s Chiado Museum (officially the National Museum of Contemporary Art) will be expanding to a building currently occupied by a local police force. In the past, that same building was a convent and has been seen as the future annex of the Chiado Museum over the last decade. At the moment, the Contemporary Art Museum is housed in part of the former convent building, after a beautiful renovation by French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte in 1994. It has around 4500 pieces of Portuguese art from the past century, but they’re not all displayed at the same time due to lack of space. Instead, the museum presents temporary thematic exhibitions of the permanent collection, but hopefully with this planned expansion it will be able to show all of its works together with special temporary exhibitions and educational services.
But as it is, this museum is already very much worth of a visit by admirers of contemporary art, and in particular by those curious about Portuguese artists. Now even more so, with its current exhibition “Modern Portuguese Art: From Amadeo to Paula Rego.” It’s being shown until the 31st of October, and if you go on a Sunday morning before 2PM, it’s free. It presents works from the first half of the 20th century in the cultural and political context of the time, as well as important works by Portuguese artists heavily influenced by the art of Paris, as was the case of Amadeo Souza Cardoso and Vieira da Silva. From more recent times there are pieces by Joaquim Rodrigo and Paula Rego, this last artist now with her own museum in Cascais, as recently reported here on GoLisbon.

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