Lisbon has turned out to be one of the hottest art capitals in Europe. This wonderful city has all the ingredients needed to become the next hot art destination. Galleries are opening and international art dealers start setting up their outposts. Dozens of new and professional artists flock to Lisbon because of its affordable homes and studios.
New and professional artists are drawn to this part of the world to live a life that’s totally devoted to making art. Lisbon offers space and lots of opportunities for new beginnings. The art scene is open, unpretentious and friendly. This city offers an exciting combination of Latin America and Europe.
Museu Coleção Berardo
This museum which was established in 2007 provides the right space for modern and contemporary art. It features a series of exhibits that showcase the works of many contemporary artists. Museu Coleção Berardo has more or less 900 art pieces, including items that were created by Italian painter Valerio Adami, British photographer and painter Eillen Agar and minimalist sculptor Carl Andre.
Alecrim 50 Galeria
This gallery is known for promoting the works of new artists whose works demonstrate innovation, talent and creativity. Various forms of arts are being showcased, including photography, sculpture, painting and installation. The works of talented Portuguese artists like André Almeida e Sousa, Luisa Jacinto and Bela Silva can be seen in this gallery.
Centro de Arte Moderna
The Centro de Arte Moderna was established by the Calouste Gulbenkian, a charitable organization. This is the right place to view an extensive collection of arts from the 20th to 21st century. Centro has approximately 9,000 artworks, which was particularly focused on the Portuguese art of the early 20th century.
Galeria de Arte AFK
The Galeria de Arte AFK was the latest addition to Lisbon City’s vibrant contemporary arts community. The aim of this gallery is to promote contemporary artworks by both international artists and home-grown talents. Galeria de Arte is particularly focused on painting and photography.
Inaugural exhibits are centered on photography by different artists like Olga Zavershinskaya from Russia, Klaus Kampert from Germany and Julie de Waroquier from France. Solo projects by several Portuguese photographers are also being featured.
São Mamede Galeria
This art gallery is focused on promoting the works of contemporary Portuguese artists. São Mamede Galeria owns a wide-ranging collection of artworks chronicling the extent of new Portuguese artistic talents including Alexandre Manuel’s stunning black and white photography. The surrealist sketches and paintings of António Areal, as well as the ultra-modern sculptures made by Rui Matos are also being featured for all people to view and appreciate.
Galeria 111 was founded by Manuel de Brito in 1964, and since then this gallery has been promoting contemporary art made by international and local artists. Young painters and sculptors like Alex Flemming, Lisbeth Moe Nilsen and Rui Pedro Jorge showcase their works at Galeria 111. Alex Flemming’s art is a mixture of painting, installation and prints that explored personal history as well as the human body.
Carlos Carvalho Arte Contemporãnea
This gallery was established in 1988 but it has undergone relocation and a name change in 2005. The gallery presents 7 exhibits on a yearly basis. Carlos Carvalho Arte Contemporãnea partnered with Arte Laguna Prize in showcasing various artistic works such as digital arts, sculpture, photography, painting, as well as performance and video arts.
Lisbon promises great things for budding artists and even professional ones. This is also the best place to be for art enthusiasts who wish to see fresh talents and new artworks.
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