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Contemporary Culture

Art buffs will love Portugal for the country’s rich art history. Traveling around the country, visitors can see fine art spanning from the fifteenth century Panels of Saint Vincent to Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso’s modernist paintings. In addition to art of the past, Portugal’s contemporary art scene is thriving. Museums like the Gulbenkian and the Serralves Foundation host contemporary international shows; right now, museumgoers can view work by photographer Mariana Silva and Ethiopian-American artist Julie Mehretu.

View of the exhibition "Mariana Silva. Olho Zoomórfico/Camera Trap." Photo via  Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

View of the exhibition "Mariana Silva. Olho Zoomórfico/Camera Trap." Photo via Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

For those who prefer movies, film festivals take place around the year in Portugal. Porto’s renowned film festival Fantasporto will celebrate films from over 60 countries later this month! Students at the many art schools around the country play a vital role in contemporary Portuguese art. Student magazines, exhibitions, and performances break new ground and introduce up and coming artists.

ESAD's design magazine PLI Arte & Design, N6 Design after Design. Photo via  ESAD

ESAD's design magazine PLI Arte & Design, N6 Design after Design. Photo via ESAD