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Serralves Art Museum, Porto. Part 1

November 13, 2017

Welcome to the last but one, two-part post about my recent trip to Porto in Portugal.  Today I’d like to show you around the main Art Museum and Gallery in Portugal… the Serralves Museum.

The Serralves Museum opened in 1999 in order to endow Oporto with a space dedicated to contemporary art. The Museum’s core objectives are the constitution of a representative collection of Portuguese and international contemporary art. The building of the Serralves Museum was designed by architect, Álvaro Siza, who was invited in the early 1990s to design a museum project that took into consideration the specific characteristics of the physical setting and the need for integration within the surrounding landscape. The setting is beautiful, but I’ll show you more about that in part 2.
Here’s some snippets from wandering around the Museum, I’ve been amiss in gathering the names of artists here, but I let myself off as I was on my holidays lol
Some interesting play with words and sounds from the sixties and seventies. Does now mean now ?
Large optical shapes and colours.
Geometric, transparent, angular perspex sculptures. Lovely to look through and see how the colours blend together.
Detailed data/survey maps transformed into art.
And then simplified furthermore into paintings.
There was a whole room of imagined devices.
Outside of the Museum the art continued into the parklands and fields. This seemingly floating mirror actually housed a cinema screen.
Other art installations spaced around the site.
Of course for me it’s often the natural discoveries from mother nature, that are equally as impressive as the art ! Look out for part 2 on friday, when I’ll show you more of the beautiful grounds and the Art Deco house too.
If you’ve missed my previous write ups about the Architecture, Design, Ceramics, Graffiti and the city itself, you can find them by searching my past posts for Porto, using the search function to the right of the blog.









2 Comments leave one →
  1. Louise permalink
    November 13, 2017 10:13 am

    It’s so lovely to be an armchair traveller through your particularly artistic eyes. Thanks love your blogs

    • November 13, 2017 1:13 pm

      ‘Armchair Traveller’ is such a great way to sum it up too. Thanks for your comment Louise, always fab to hear my readers thoughts.

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