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The Museum of the Cupertino de Miranda Foundation (CMF) was inaugurated in 1972 with the 1st National New Artists Biennale group exhibition, which was intended to support Portuguese art and enrich the Museum’s collection. However, the Revolution of 25 April 1974 slowed down the activity of the institution, affected by the nationalizations of the banking sector. In 1992, João Meireles (1916-91), son-in-law of the founders and successor President, donated to the Museum 123 works by authors mainly linked to Surrealism. Over the years, the collection has specialised in Surrealism with the incorporation of works by purchase, donation and legacy. Currently, the Museum has more than 3000 works, most of them from the 20th century. The Museum aims to develop knowledge on Surrealist Art by integrating multiple voices and perspectives as a way to stimulate critical thinking and creativity.

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Featured Exhibitions

The program of the Museu do Surrealismo – Fundação Cupertino de Miranda is based on the presentation of permanent and temporary exhibitions.

Architecture

The building was inaugurated in 1972, the work was directed by engineer José Fortunato Paulino Brandão Freire Themudo and the architectural project was by architect João Abreu Castelo Branco, accompanied and completed by architect Luís Praça. Over the years, there were several proposals, which ultimately did not materialize, to increase the museum space, of which the project signed by architect Eduardo Souto Moura to build a tower next to the existing one stands out. In 2018, the building was renovated by architect João Mendes Ribeiro and the work included a new exhibition space and changes to the educational service area, the tower, the reserves and the bookshop.

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Architect

João Mendes Ribeiro
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João Mendes Ribeiro

João Mendes Ribeiro graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto, where he taught from 1989 to 1991. His work has been object of numerous publications and national and international exhibitions. He was recognized with several national and international prizes and nominations, among which the following stand out: Architécti Prizes (1997, 2000); nomination for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies Van Der Rohe Award (2001, 2005); finalist in the Premis FAD d’Arquitectura i Interiorisme (1999, 2001, 2002, 2004); awarded by the Presidency of the Portuguese Republic as Commander of the Order of Infante D. Henrique (2006).

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João Mendes Ribeiro graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto, where he taught from 1989 to 1991. His work has been object of numerous publications and national and international exhibitions. He was recognized with several national and international prizes and nominations, among which the following stand out: Architécti Prizes (1997, 2000); nomination for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies Van Der Rohe Award (2001, 2005); finalist in the Premis FAD d’Arquitectura i Interiorisme (1999, 2001, 2002, 2004); awarded by the Presidency of the Portuguese Republic as Commander of the Order of Infante D. Henrique (2006). He has been teaching on the subject of Project at the Department of Architecture of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra since 1991. He has carried out scenographic works for the creations of choreographer Olga Roriz, including “Propriedade Privada” (1996), which was awarded the Architécti Prize (1997) and Highly Commended in the AR Emerging Architecture Awards (2000).

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Schedules

Schedule

  • Monday to Friday 10am to 12h30pm
  • Monday to Friday 2pm to 6pm
  • Saturday and holidays 2pm to 6pm

Closed on Sundays and on the following days: 1st January; Good Friday; Corpus Christi; 1st May; 15th August; 1st November; 8th, 24th, 25th and 31st December.

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Tickets

  • Free Admission

How to Arrive

  • point

    Praça Dona Maria II, 4760-111 Vila Nova de Famalicão | Post Office Box 71
    4764-968
    GPS: 41°24’21.6″N 8°31’06.8″W

  • bus

    Bus Terminal Station of V. N. de Famalicão

  • train

    Minho Line (Porto/Braga), exit Bus Terminal Station of Famalicão

  • car

    Access by roads A3 and A7

Accessibility

Visits

General requirements

Visitors must comply with Covid-19 prevention regulations in force.

Group requirements

Bookings must be made at least 15 days in advance.
After submission of this information, the booking is confirmed by email.
The persons responsible for the booking must accompany the respective groups at all times.
The activities require the registration of a minimum number of 10 participants.
We ask the groups to be present on time.
Cancellation of activities should be communicated preferably 24 hours in advance.

Resources

The Educational Service offers guided tours, plastic expression workshops and film screenings linked to the theme of Surrealism.

Auditorium in amphitheatre with 176 seats, air-conditioning and audiovisual equipment.

Small auditorium with 48 seats and sound and image equipment.

© Fundação Cupertino de Miranda
© Fundação Cupertino de Miranda

Bookshop/Shop

Bookshop/Shop that work as cultural complement to the various initiatives promoted in order to promote the Foundation’s editions and those of other entities with which partnerships have been established