Designed by Portuguese Pritzker prize-winning architect Alvaro Siza, the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art is the Foundation’s primary exhibition space. The Museum houses the Serralves Collection of Portuguese and international contemporary art, which spans a period from the 1960s to the present and includes works by Luc Tuymans, Mel Bochner, Christopher Williams, Matt Mullican, Richard Serra, Robert Morris, among many others. The Museum aims to foster the understanding and appreciation of contemporary art and culture through it’s collection, temporary exhibitions, performances, and educational programs.
In addition to serving as the Foundation’s head office, The Serralves Villa constitutes an important extension of the Museum of Contemporary Art and is reserved for the presentation of temporary exhibitions. Originally designed as a private residence by the architect Charles Siclis, by the decorator and architect Jacques Émile Ruhlmann, the Villa, along with the Serralves Park, was commissioned by the second Count of Vizela, Carlos Alberto Cabral. Constructed on the outskirts of Oporto between 1925 and 1944, the Serralves Villa is a significant example of art deco style.
The Serralves Park spans 44 acres and includes a variety of harmoniously interconnected spaces: formal gardens, woodlands, meadows and a farm. Designed by the architect Jacques Gréber in the 1930s, it constitutes a singular reference within Portugal’s landscape heritage. The Park presents a privileged opportunity to come into contact with nature and appreciate the wide diversity of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants of both native and exotic species. Visitors to the Park will encounter sculptures from the Serralves Collection that are permanently on display.
HIGHLIGHTS october 2016 – october 2017
_ SONAE//SERRALVES COMMISSION - HAEGUE YANG: AN OPAQUE WIND PARK IN SIX FOLDS | 22 June 2016 to 4 June 2017
_ MICHAEL KREBBER: THE LIVING WEDGE | 15 October 2016 – 15 January 2017
_ JOAN MIRÓ: MATERIALITY AND METAMORPHOSIS | 1 October 2016 – 4 June 2017
_ PHILIPPE PARRENO: A TIME COLOURED SPACE | 4 February – 7 May 2017
_ CONTEMPORARY PROJECTS - ANA MANSO: YO-YO | 23 February – 7 May 2017
_ ÁLVARO SIZA VIEIRA: VISIONS OF THE ALHAMBRA | 8 March – 28 May 2017
_ CUTTING, SPLITTING, WRITING, BUILDING, DRAWING, EATING… GORDON MATTA-CLARK | 5 May – 3 September 2017
_ SERRALVES COLLECTION | 12 May 2017 – 28 January 2018
_ JULIE MEHRETU: PALIMPSEST | 19 May - 3 September 2017
_PHOTOSTRUCTURALISM: THE COMPOSITION OF THE PAGE AS A CONCEPT | 15 June – 10 September 2017
_NICK MAUSS | 22 June - 24 September 2017
_ LIVE UNCERTAINTY: AN EXHIBITION AFTER THE 32ND SÃO PAULO BIENNIAL | 30 June 2017 – 14 January 2018
_CONTEMPORARY PROJECTS: DANIEL STEEGMANN MANGRANÉ | 15 September – 12 November 2017
_ JORGE PINHEIRO | 22 September 2017 – 7 January 2018
_FIRST SIGHT: COLLECTION OF ARTISTS’ PUBLICATIONS AND BOOKS OF THE SERRALVES FOUNDATION - MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART | 1 October 2017 – 31 January 2018
_BIOBLITZ 2017 | 15-21 May 2017
_SERRALVES EM FESTA | 2,3 and 4 June 2017
_26th EDITION JAZZ IN THE PARK | 2, 9 and 16 July 2017
_INSTALLATION "THERE IS LIGHT IN THE PARK" | July and August 2017
_ THE MUSEUM AS PERFORMANCE 2017 | September 2017
_FESTA DO OUTONO | End of September 2017
Current main sponsors
_BPI (Exclusive sponsor of the museum and of an annual exhibition and sponsor of Serralves em Festa)
_Super Bock (Sponsor of creative industries and of Serralves em Festa)
_Sonae (Official Sponsor of Sonae//Serralves Comission)
_Fundação EDP ( sponsor of an annual exhibition)
_Sovena (Exclusive sponsor of the park)
_Novo Banco (Official Sponsor of Novo Banco Revelation Award)
All age groups, especially people interested in contemporary art, architecture and/or nature, families, schools and tourists.