The Organic Museum, Museu de Serralves

October 26
The Organic Museum
14:30 – 16:30
Nr of participants: 25
Accessibility for wheelchair users: YES

The museum as a space for reflection and debate on current cultural, social, and political issues, and the museum as a narrator of collective memories from the past and present are just a few of the problematics that can be addressed during the visit to the Serralves Museum. This visit will provide an opportunity to critically analyze the role of contemporary museums, with the aim of exploring how architecture and exhibition design can contribute to a more inclusive experience for all audiences. The Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by the award-winning architect Álvaro Siza, is one of the main cultural and architectural icons of Portugal. Celebrating its 25th anniversary of artistic activity in 2024, the physical expansion of this building has become pressing, dedicating an exclusive space to a collection that emphasizes a constant reinterpretation of the transformations in art over the last 60 years. The new West Wing of the Serralves Museum will be a unique structure that will solidify Serralves’ position as a successful partnership between the public and the private, as well as with citizens. It will further reinforce Serralves’ emphasis on transdisciplinarity, highlighting how connections between art, architecture, environment, dance, performance, and music have redefined contemporary art.ainable, equitable, free and happy futures.

Mediation and Discussion

Marta Moreira de Almeida is deputy director of the Serralves Museum since 2018. Degree in Art History from the University of Porto. She has worked in the Fine Arts Department at the Serralves Foundation since 1991 as a curator, having taken over the coordination of this department between 1995 and 2017. Played a key role in organizing the inaugural exhibition at the Serralves Museum, Circa 1968, in 1999. She was responsible for several curatorial projects throughout her career among them with the artists: Maria Nordman, Grupo Homeostética, Antoni Muntadas, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Cildo Meireles, Helena Almeida, Paula Rego, Pedro Costa, Tacita Dean, João Maria Gusmão e Pedro Paiva, Fernando Lanhas e Carla Filipe.

António Choupina is an architect graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Porto. He founded the CH.A (CHoupina.Arquitectos) studio in 2010, and in the same year collaborated with the School of Arts and Design. He has been responsible for interventions in the Palace of Carlos V in Granada and the Sverre Fehn Pavilion during the Official Visit of the Presidency of the Republic to Norway. Recently, he was involved in the construction of the Álvaro Siza Pavilion at the China International Furniture Fair, with whom he has developed several cultural projects in partnership with Aedes Berlin, the Vitra Design Museum, and the Aga Khan Network. As a curator, António Choupina has curated exhibitions at institutions such as the Serralves Museum, Nadir Afonso Museum, Alfaro Foundation, Tchoban Foundation, and Marques da Silva Foundation. He has produced multiple publications at the intersection of architecture, art, and philosophy. He is the editor of A As Architecture Network, serves as a jury member for international awards, and is a guest speaker at various institutions and events, including the Bauhaus100 and the International Architecture Design Forum.

How to get there

R. Dom João de Castro 210

Transport provided by ICAMT Porto
Meeting Point at 14:00 entrance Palácio de Cristal
Return at 17:15 to Hotel Tuela

201 and 207
From the Bus stop Palácio 
Last stop Serralves
Then walk 1 minute
Total 25 minutes