Friday, 15 July 2016

Break Down the Walls! Viva Design and the Arts

In exhibition until September 25th, Break Down the Walls! Viva Design and the Arts, approaches the MACE and MUDE collections comparatively.

The exhibition, presented at the Sala Risco in Pateo da Galé, sparks a dialogue between two distinct focal points of the collections of MUDE – Museum of Design and Fashion and MACE – Museum of Contemporary Art of Elvas, highlighting the resemblances between fine and decorative arts but
escaping from a historical speech or a temporal dimension to develop a more transversal, inquiring and open reading.

A more formalistic perspective was chosen, offering themes and references common to the different arts and design, seeking to stimulate further readings to the visitors.

In a way the exhibition underlines some of the overlapping similarities or connections between the arts and design. In Lisbon, more than 125 works of almost 100 artists from different generations and careers are on display, Portuguese and from abroad.

Monday, 11 July 2016

Lisbon on Condé Nast Traveller

Condé Nast Traveller dedicates a recent article to Lisbon “Lisbon with your friends: the perfect escape”.

The famous media company responsible for brands such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and others, included in the most recent edition of the magazine Condé Nast Traveller, an article that elects Lisbon as the perfect destination to visit with your lady friends

The author, Marta Sader, highlights Lisbon’s gastronomy, which she considers to be one of the best, its vibrating night life, the unique shops and some of the most innovating hotels across Europe.

In the article, the author emphasizes the fact that Lisbon is still one of the European cities with more “feeling” and so, she recommends long walks through Lisbon’s historic districts, such as Alfama, Chiado and Madragoa.

The story is completed with tips about places to visit, where to eat and where to stay.

Friday, 8 July 2016

Lisbon leads on Traveller’s Choice

TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice recently elected the 10 best sights in Portugal, 7 of those are in Lisbon.

There’s no way to go around it, TripAdvisor has grown in such a way that it is virtually impossible to travel without taking a peek at the website and, like that line from the Spiderman movie “with many visitors comes great responsibility”.

The Traveller’s Choice Awards is a sort of guarantee stamp mainly because the selections are made by the users, which gives it more credibility and visitors rely on these selections to plan their vacations, places to go, hotels to stay in and restaurants to eat at.

TripAdvisor asked its users to select 10 sights not to miss in Portugal and 7 of those sights are in Lisbon. The first and second places are taken by Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra and Jerónimos Monastery, but the list also includes Park and Pena Palace, Belém Tower, St. Jorge Castle, the Comércio Square and the Augusta Street Arch.

As you may imagine this is the tip of the iceberg, Lisbon has much more to offer so, come and visit us this summer.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Art Map – Contemporary Art Lisbon

There’s a new map of Lisbon: the map of Lisbon’s Contemporary Art or simply the Art Map.

Launched recently in 2 languages, Portuguese and English, the Art Map is available online or in paper. Updated annually, the map gathers a series of Contemporary Art spaces in Lisbon, featuring the program of galleries, museums, foundations and other cultural venues.

The map displays, at the moment, 90 spaces throughout the city particularly in areas such as Baixa, Bairro Alto and Chiado.

With the main objective of being as complete as possible and attracting more public, the Art Map presents all the information in a simple and practical way, making it more accessible for different audiences and bringing them closer to Lisbon’s cultural offer.

Discover here the Art Map.

Friday, 1 July 2016

The Tall Ships Races

Here’s one more reason to visit Lisbon in July, The Tall Ships Races are in town from July 22nd to 25th.

The Tall Ships Race are the biggest free family-friendly festival in Europe. The event is celebrating its 60th anniversary and Lisbon will host the 1st stage from July 22nd to 25th and all the fun will take place on Lisbon’s Cruise Terminal, in Santa Apolónia.

The Tall Ships Races had its first edition in 1956, in the town of Torbay, United Kingdom, the main objective was to keep the tradition of the big sailing ships. Due to its enormous success it was decided to repeat the competition annually.

Promoting team spirit, self-knowledge and cultural exchange, The Tall Ships Races takes the participants to defy adventures through 4 harbors, 1955 nautical miles and one mission, to bring sea and sailing to the young generations throughout the world.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Top 5 - Beaches near Lisbon

Summer is just around the corner so, it is time to enjoy the sun and there’s no place like the beach to do so.

One of the good things about Lisbon is its location, a feature that makes it one of the few European capitals to have the most diverse offers to those who visit us.

In Lisbon one can enjoy the culture that the city has to offer, a secular history to learn and several
nearby beaches to visit. The beach is not the main reason why tourists visit Lisbon, but once you’re here there are beaches at half hour away, which make it pretty easy to visit and enjoy.

Here we introduce you to the Top 5 – Beaches near Lisbon that you should visit in case you’re looking to get a Portuguese tan:

1 – Caparica
An unbeatable beach front that stretches for many miles. It is one of the main destinations for locals and it features the Transpraia, a train that connects Caparica town to Fonte da Telha beach.

2 – Grande
Very popular amount surfers and body boarders, Praia Grande has the longest unbroken stretch of sand in the area, offering a good variety of bars and restaurants.

3 – Carcavelos
This is the broadest and longest beach along the Estoril coast and although near to Lisboa, Carcavelos still offers good water quality.

4 - Lagoa de Albufeira and Meco
Located in the Southern part of Caparica in a unique setting these beaches are only accessible by car. Lagoa de Albufeira, a lagoon popular for wind-surfing and Meco famous for the traditional and picturesque village.

5 - Estoril and Cascais 
At 30 min distance in a train ride from Lisbon, these beaches get very crowded because of the size and are supported by a huge variety of bars and restaurants.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Lines of Time - The Gulbenkian Collections - Contemporary paths

As part of the Summer Garden program the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation presents “The Gulbenkian Collections. Contemporary paths”.

Curated by Penelope Curtis, João Carvalho Dias and Patrícia Rosas Prior, this exhibition takes, as its point of departure, the year 1956.

But, in fact, the journey starts in 1896, 60 years before the Foundation was established and guides us up to the present day, providing a space for dialogues and links between two collections: the collection acquired by Calouste S. Gulbenkian up to 1955 and the Modern Collection, comprised of works ranging from the 20th century to the current day.

In a playful and at times unconventional manner, this celebration of the 60 years of the Foundation brings about an unexpected approximation between the two collections and the unlikely coincidences that result from it.