Saturday, 27 August 2016

Top 5 - Exhibitions in September

As summer fades away, September brings you the end of numerous exhibitions taking place in Lisbon.

Contemporary art, architecture, photography and much more is what Lisbon has to offer in several exhibitions taking place across the city, here’s the list:

1 – Summer Guests ( Museu Calouste Gulbenkian)
Summer Guests brings contemporary artists to the Museum, proposing new exhibition contexts that
highlight cross-cutting and unexpected relationships and formal or conceptual proximity of works from different eras.

2 –Eduardo Souto de Moura Continuity (Centro Cultural de Belém)
Winner at the 10thIbero-American Bienal of Achitectureand Urbanism this year, Eduardo Souto de Moura is anessential figure in the current architectural landscape, whose recognition at a national and international level is indicative of the influences and models which have accompanied him and the options and paths he has chosen in his work, and where symbolism and analogy have played a fundamental role in the architectural compositions of this Porto native.

3 – Shadows, Masks and Puppets from the Museu da Marioneta Collection (Cordoaria Nacional)
Four visual artists – António Viana, Francisco Tropa, Jorge Queiroz e Susanne Themlitz – were invited to work with pieces found in the four main areas of the Museum collection: shadows, masks, puppets and Portuguese puppets in particular. The outcome leads the visitor on a journey through scenarios where puppets take on new roles, integrating and interacting with the pieces created by each guest artist, without diluting their cultural significance as markers of the long and wide-ranging history of puppet theatre.

4 – Terry O’Neill – Faces of the Stars (Centro Comercial Colombo)
Part of the 6th edition of the project “Art Came to Colombo” the exhibition of the British photographer brings together 50 portraits of stars on the rise such as David Bowie, The Beatles, Brigitte Bardot, Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford and Amy Winehouse.

5 – Second Nature (Museu de Arte, Arquitectura e Tecnologia)
Bringing together half a century of works by 26 artists from different generations, Second Nature is the first in a series of overviews that the Museu de Arte, Arquitectura e Tecnologia dedicates to the collection of contemporary art of the EDP Foundation, while including debates about the natural world and its different interpretations.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Mercado do Fado

Going for its second event, “Mercado do Fado”, will animate Belém on the last Sundays of August and September.

The Tropical Botanical Garden will host on August 28th this new event that celebrates the art of fado, offering amateur fado singing, conferences and conversations on the theme. It will also include a true Portuguese market, where one can find on sale all kinds of local handicrafts, antiques, tiles, books, records and, of course, the famous Portuguese cuisine.

Organized by Green Sapiens, “Mercado do Fado”, takes place in one of the most beautiful gardens of Lisbon. The Tropical Botanical Garden is a Tropical Research Institute center that combines the preservation of living plants collections, a wood collection, a herbarium and zoological research projects carried out with the Department of Natural Sciences.

Mercado do Fado will have its last event on September 25th, make sure not to miss this unique combination of nature and fado.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016


Until the end of August, the Centro Cultural de Belém (Belém Cultural Center) is offering the best sunset in town.

One cannot find a better combination, Lisbon, sun and music. In an initiative that started in July, the CCB organized a series of concerts that take place in the Jardim das Oliveiras, making this the perfect place to relax with friends and to listening to some music as the day draws to a close.

Sun Set is probably the best way to spend your summer evenings, a small stage, a view of the river and an audience seating or reclining on the grass, or leaning against an olive tree, it can’t get any better than this.

These are the next shows:

20 – Pianordeão
21 – João Barradas Trio
27 – Opus 22
28 – César Cardoso Quarteto

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Videomapping in Lisbon

Terreiro do Paço is the stage of the video animation “As Caras de Lisboa”. 

Until August 14th, the Terreiro do Paco is hosting another multimedia show - "As Caras de Lisboa", where stories, characters and memorable moments of the city are presented.

The aim is to show faces of the city through historical characters such as the “varina” (fishwife), the paver master or the grinder, by telling the stories of past and contemporary events, its evolution and transformation.

Some of Lisbon’s features, as the tram rails and the Ponte 25 de Abril, will also be the central characters and, of course, the Fado music and the Portuguese guitar will not be forgotten.

The show lasts 15 minutes and it will be screened three times a day, at 21.45, 22.30 and 23.15 and the entrance is free.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Jazz em Agosto 2016

Lisbon’s continues its musical summer and this time the proposal comes from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. 

Still celebrating its 60th anniversary, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation organized the 33rd edition of the festival Jazz em Agosto, presenting twenty events from August 4th to 14th: eleven concerts at the Open Air Amphitheatre, three solo concerts, three documentaries and two conversations about music and a book presentation in the Polivalente Room.

North American and European formations of various trends continue to cohabit in the festival, this year with a special a focus on the current French jazz, with three significant representations.
The American jazz presents on this edition of Jazz em Agosto five representatives and in Portugal stands out a unique association to be released, Tuba and Drums Double Duo and the Italian-Portuguese Quartet Tetterepadequ.

Evan Parker and David Toop will offer two sessions of Sharpen Your Needles project chatting informally. Also, don’t miss the three documentary films from the RogueArt catalog disks produced by Michel Dorbon and finally the Italian journalist Luca Vitali will present his recent book on jazz “Norway, The Sound of The North”.

As you can see there’s a lot to see and listen in Jazz em Agosto.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Break Down the Walls! Viva Design and the Arts

In exhibition until September 25th, Break Down the Walls! Viva Design and the Arts, approaches the MACE and MUDE collections comparatively.

The exhibition, presented at the Sala Risco in Pateo da Galé, sparks a dialogue between two distinct focal points of the collections of MUDE – Museum of Design and Fashion and MACE – Museum of Contemporary Art of Elvas, highlighting the resemblances between fine and decorative arts but
escaping from a historical speech or a temporal dimension to develop a more transversal, inquiring and open reading.

A more formalistic perspective was chosen, offering themes and references common to the different arts and design, seeking to stimulate further readings to the visitors.

In a way the exhibition underlines some of the overlapping similarities or connections between the arts and design. In Lisbon, more than 125 works of almost 100 artists from different generations and careers are on display, Portuguese and from abroad.

Monday, 11 July 2016

Lisbon on Condé Nast Traveller

Condé Nast Traveller dedicates a recent article to Lisbon “Lisbon with your friends: the perfect escape”.

The famous media company responsible for brands such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and others, included in the most recent edition of the magazine Condé Nast Traveller, an article that elects Lisbon as the perfect destination to visit with your lady friends

The author, Marta Sader, highlights Lisbon’s gastronomy, which she considers to be one of the best, its vibrating night life, the unique shops and some of the most innovating hotels across Europe.

In the article, the author emphasizes the fact that Lisbon is still one of the European cities with more “feeling” and so, she recommends long walks through Lisbon’s historic districts, such as Alfama, Chiado and Madragoa.

The story is completed with tips about places to visit, where to eat and where to stay.