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Must-See Lisbon Art Gallery Shows This Spring

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Updated: 7 May 2017

If you’re currently in Lisbon, do as the Portuguese do and visit an art gallery exhibition. A growing creative scene has gripped the city and it seems most people are appreciating the trend. From the tourist-friendly streets of Bairro Alto and Mouraria to further afield, there’s plenty of shows happening through spring to keep even the most energetic art lovers happy.

Unir Pontos: Galeria 111

How often are feelings projected? Unir Pontos or Joining Points is an exhibit in Lisbon’s Galeria 111 by artist Cristina Lamas. Purely a conceptual program, the artist invites visitors to gaze upon a collection of seemingly ordinary cloth patterns and ask themselves what those patterns mean to them. Maybe one person feels a positive emotion from a pattern that seems dark to another person. Unir Pontos began May 4 and lasts until June 16.

Where: Campo Grande 113, 1700-089 Lisboa +351 21 797 7418

Colorida Exhibitions

There are some galleries with the mission of simply showcasing work from the latest contemporary artists, and this is one of them. Colorida Gallery in Mouraria will be exhibiting the works of five artists for a limited time in May, from the 6th to the 19th. Open five days a week, from Tuesday through Saturday 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM, the gallery invites visitors to peruse the latest art picks free of charge.

Jorge Valdivia Painting Exhibition

On May 18, the Allarts Gallery in Chiado will kick-start its month-long exhibition showcasing the works of Peruvian-born artist, Jorge Valdivia. With a particular interest in Naïve art, the gallery chose to display this exhibition for May, which also marks the venue’s 8th anniversary. The exhibit will stand out for anyone who appreciates vivid colors and abstract imagery from figurative artworks. Allarts Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 11 AM – 7 PM.

Where: R. da Misericórdia 30, 1200-273 Lisboa  +351 21 795 1034

Utopia/Dystopia: A Paradigm Shift

Is technology and architectural progressiveness perfect, or perfectly imperfect? The Utopia/Dystopia exhibition is one of a couple of programs taking place to commemorate the opening of Lisbon’s new MAAT building – also known as The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology. Utopia/Dystopia will highlight art and architectural works by professionals from Portugal and abroad, questioning the validity of these two topics. The general MAAT ticket costs €5 and the exhibit lasts until August 2017. Open every day from 12 noon to 8 PM, closed on Tuesdays.

Where: Av. Brasília, 1300-598 Lisboa  +351 21 002 8130

O Que Eu Sou

Alongside the Utopia/Dystopia exhibition at the MAAT in May is “O Que Eu Sou”, which translates to “What I am.” This art collection comes from the EDP Foundation, a private non-profit center associated with EDP, a major utility company. The mission of this exhibit is to question the connections and differences between self-expression and identity, using more than 40 visuals. Unlike the Utopia/Dystopia exhibition, “O Que Eu Sou” began in March and is due to end on May 29.

Where: Av. Brasília, 1300-598 Lisboa  +351 21 002 8130

ArcoLisboa 2017

This event is actually an art fair that will take place for 4 days in May, from the 18th to the 21st. The work from Portuguese artists and 40 international artists will be shown in an effort to spotlight emerging and established faces in the world of contemporary art. Organized by the Institución Ferial de Madrid (The Trade Fair Institution of Madrid), this will be ArcoLisboa’s second year – and the turnout is expected to be great. This art fair will be held at the Cordoaria Nacional, Belém, in an 18th century Naval building. General tickets cost €15.

Where: Rua Da Junqueira 342, 1300-598 Lisboa