Why Art Lovers Must Visit Porto's Serralves

Claire Miles
Aug 27, 2020

Contemporary art is gaining more and more popularity. While many people still opt for classical art museums, there are more and more modern and contemporary options for art lovers traveling abroad. From urban street art to indoor art installations, there is truly no limit when it comes to this category. One such establishment is Serralves, a cultural institution located in Porto, a charming coastal city in northwest Portugal. Founded in 1999, Serralves features a world-class collection of art, as well as beautiful grounds, including several buildings, gardens, and a even a farm. All of these components come together to create a highly unique experience for art lovers.

Serralves is the second most-frequented museum in the whole country, and it’s easy to understand why. The art museum features three rotating exhibition spaces, which feature new, contemporary artists each quarter. This list includes some of the best and brightest artists of our generation, including Japanese multimedia artist Yoko Ono and American photographer Arthur Jafa.

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While the interior of the museum is quite impressive, Serralves’ exterior is definitely something visitors shouldn’t miss. The Casa Serralves and its chapel were built on the site of the museum at the turn of the 20th century, and remain intact until today. For those interested in art deco architecture, these historic structures are definitely a must-see. Afterward, visitors can stroll through the beautiful park gardens, which feature both exotic and native plants, as well as an impressive collection of modernist art sculptures. From peaceful nature to old architecture, there is truly something for everyone at this local landmark.