The Serralves Collection currently comprises more than 4200 works, of which more than 2100 are property of the Foundation and the rest are from various private and public collections that are subject to long-term deposit. Among the collections deposited at Serralves that constituted points of reference for the development of the Serralves Collection are the State Contemporary Art Collection and the collection of the Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD). The Serralves Collection also includes around 5000 books and editions by artists.
Detailed information on this collection can be obtained on http://biblioteca.serralves.pt/.
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The Serralves Foundation program is based on the presentation of temporary exhibitions.
Temporary Exhibition “Ágora – Mark Bradford”, 2021-22
Temporary Exhibition “Entrelaçar – Ai Weiwei”, 2021-22
LEONILSON – DRAWN 1975-1993
Serralves Museum’s project, designed by the architect Álvaro Siza, began in 1991. In 1999, the new building was inaugurated, harmoniously integrated into the urban surroundings and the pre-existing spaces of the gardens, the Park and the Serralves House. In addition to the exhibitions, visitors to the Serralves Museum discover the particularities of the spaces that make up this architectural work, endowed with the versatility and capacity for transformation essential to respond to the diversity and unpredictability of the contemporary art on display here.
Located in the Serralves Park, the Museum establishes a direct dialogue with the Serralves House and the surrounding gardens. Instead of a monumental façade, the Museum is defined by the harmonious articulation between the different architectonic elements and the slight slope of the terrain where the building is located.
Álvaro Siza Vieira
Álvaro Siza Vieira was born in Matosinhos on June 25, 1933. He studied Architecture at the School of Fine Arts of the University of Porto between 1949 and 1955.See more
Álvaro Siza Vieira was born in Matosinhos on June 25, 1933. He studied Architecture at the School of Fine Arts of the University of Porto between 1949 and 1955.
Influenced by the works of architects Adolf Loos, Frank Lloyd Wright and Alvar Aalto, from an early age he managed to develop his own language, with international modernist references always present but also marked by the Portuguese building tradition.
In Portugal, he distinguished himself by works such as the Casa de Chá in Leça da Palmeira, the Faculdade de Arquitetura da Universidade do Porto, the Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, the Igreja de Marco de Canaveses, the headquarters of the Museu Internacional de Escultura Contemporânea of Santo Tirso, as well as the Museu de Arte Contemporânea Nadir Afonso in Chaves.
In addition to these, his work abroad also became well-known, such as in Santiago de Compostela, Barcelona, Hague, Maastricht, Alicante, and Granada.
Due to the standing his work has achieved, Siza Vieira is currently considered the Portuguese architect with the most international visibility and prestige.