From May to early June is one of the best times to be in Lisbon, as it is brimming with events and exhibitions. If you’re in the Portuguese capital or planning a visit soon, throw on your coolest spring outfit and head to one of Lisbon’s many museums. Here are a few exhibitions that you can catch through the remainder of spring!
A Pressão da Luz by Nuno Cera
Culture lovers in Lisbon should definitely catch this free event before it ends on May 26. Located at the Galeria Millennium (Millennium Gallery) in Rua Augusta, A Pressão da Luz is a collection of photographs from Lisbon photographer Nuno Cera depicting Pritzker prize winner and architect Álvaro Siza’s creations. Álvaro Siza is the architect who designed numerous important buildings throughout the country, including the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art and the Pavillion of Portugal.
José de Almada Negreiros: A Way of Being Modern
José de Almada Negreiros was once quoted as saying ‘To be modern is just like being elegant: it is not a way of dressing, but a way of being’. His exhibition at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum highlights this view, with vivid and thought-provoking visuals and paintings. It is scheduled to run until June 5 and throughout May the museum will also host a number of activities surrounding this exhibit, including table talks and in-depth reviews of the artist’s work.
Cost: €3–€5 for the temporary exhibit or €14 to visit the entire museum
Cosmos Discovery World Exhibition
Discover the outer space without leaving Lisbon from the Cosmos Discovery Exhibition in Belém. Learn about major movements in history with regard to the cosmos, stars and suns, with major contributions from nations around the world. Located at Terreiro das Missas, this is the first leg of the exhibit’s worldwide tour which began in mid-April and ends on July 30. In addition to displaying models, documents and authentic artifacts from NASA and the USSR, the exhibit will share stories about major figures throughout the history of space science.
Cost for adults: €16
A Taste For Allegory: European Drawings From The 16th to 18th Centuries
Until June 18, the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (National Museum of Ancient Art) will run ‘A Taste For Allegory: European Drawings From The 16th to 18th Centuries’. Located between Alcântara and Belém, the MNAA collects ancient works of art from throughout the world, with ‘allegory’ being the primary theme of this striking exhibition. This is a must-see for anyone interested in abstract art and symbolism.
Testemunhos da Escravatura: Memória de Africana
Lisbon’s National Museum of Archeology (Museu Nacional de Arqueologia) is featuring an exhibition that’s also part of a city project to recover relics from the beginning of the African slave trade (in short, the Age of Discoveries). In English, this exhibit is called “Testimonies of Slavery: African Memories” and, while clearly a difficult and sensitive topic, one that should not be missed. Open since mid-April, this particular exhibit will be open longer than the spring season, lasting all the way through September.