Why not sync a trip through Portugal with a journey discovering the best art galleries that the country has to offer? From Porto to the Algarve and beyond, these are a few of the most notable creative corners.
Porto has been developing a reputation as an excellent destination for creatives. On your next visit, why not swing by Ó!Galeria, an illustration lover’s playground located a few blocks north of Clérigos. Some of the designs and books on display, produced by Portuguese and international artists, are for sale, but perhaps you just want to peruse them, and that’s ok, too. Try to see how many artist names you recognize, like AKA Corleone and Kruella d’Enfer. While in Lisbon, don’t forget to swing by their second location in the Mouraria neighborhood.
Nestled amid the many galleries on Miguel Bombarda Street, and just a five-minute walk from Ó!Galeria, is Galeria Presença, an art gallery that has been sharing national and international modern art with Porto’s art lovers since first opening in 1995. As one of the older galleries in Porto, it’s certainly a must-see.
Sharing the best of local and international art in Lisbon for more than 50 years is Galeria 111, situated just outside the city center in Campo Grande. First opened in 1964, much of the permanent exhibit was collected by renowned Portuguese gallerist Manuel de Brito. One of the more recent exhibitions showcased work by Portuguese artist João Leonardo, titled Apontamentos sobre a consciência de Zeno (in English, Notes about Zeno’s Conscience).
This last spot isn’t along a road trip route with the others, but it’s one worth stopping at if you decide to hop on a plane to São Miguel, Azores. Galeria Fonseca Macedo has been showcasing contemporary art by regular and invited Portuguese artists, as well as a few international names. Open in Ponta Delgada since 2000, it organizes a few different exhibits each year (working on a smaller scale) and sends occasional representatives to art fairs like the annual Arco Lisboa.
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