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Casa da Música

Casa da Música: Art’s official abode in Porto Casa da Música hosts all sorts of music shows, theater plays, comedy performances, and workshops. Every month, a carefully curated program brings you a rich cultural universe. But it’s impossible not to talk about the building’s impressive architecture. Spanning almost 40,000 square meters, Casa da Música has become one of the city’s icons and major art venues. The idea In 1998, Porto and Rotterdam were selected as the 2001 European Culture Capitals – the perfect opportunity for an innovative project that would bring something unique to the city. An architecture tender was launched the following year, with 26 applicants. The works The chosen site was Avenida da Boavista, more precisely Mouzinho de Albuquerque Square. This meant that the project would have a significant urban impact, as it required the demolition of Porto’s derelict Trams Terminal Station. In spite of the ensuing debate, an analysis concluded that the new building’s historic and heritage value, as well as the renovation of the area around Mouzinho de Albuquerque Square, would be much more beneficial to the city. Porto would thus have its ‘house of music’. The winner was Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, who was born […]

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National Museum of Soares dos Reis

Founded in 1833, it is the first Public Art Museum in Portugal. It was intended to collect confiscated goods from the abandoned convents of Porto. Later, settled in the “Convento de Santo António” with the designation of  “Museu Portuense de Pinturas e Estampas”, and followed an innovative cultural and pedagogical program, supporting artists of the “Academia Portuguesa de Belas Artes” (Fine Arts Academy). In 1839, the exhibitions even moved to the direction of the “Academia Portuguesa das Belas Artes”, strengthening the relationship between the Museum and artistic teaching. With the “Estado Novo”, (the dictatorial portuguese political system) and with the valorization of the patrimony, the museum, acquires the status of National Museum, providing its independence, and slightly later, in 1940, and until today, settled in the Palace of “Carrancas”, celebrating this change with the exhibition “A Obra de Soares dos Reis”, an important stage in the History of the Museum. The 25 of April of 1974, (the end of the dictatorial portuguese political system) allowed the appeal to the young, to leave definitively of part the optical collector. It was then proposed, the opening of the enclosed space, to a new art, a new public. The space opening to vitality! […]

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