NEW YORK -- As a Cultural Capital of Europe this year, Porto,
Portugal, will showcase its most established art institutions,
including the Serralves National Museum of Contemporary Art and the
Center of Portuguese Photography.
Serralves will have exhibitions on three 20th century Portuguese
artists, Fernando Lanhas, Angelo de Sousa and Albuquerque
Borrowing from Porto's sister Cultural Capital city, Rotterdam,
Netherlands, Serralves will exhibit works from the Boijmans Van
Beuningen Museum Collection through March.
Landscape works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Gaugin, Monet and
Kandinsky are among the paintings to be shown.
Another show at Serralves, running from July to September, will
focus on the art of 20th century Dutch modernist Piet Mondrian and
his Portuguese contemporary, Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso.
Internationally admired artists such as Switzerland's Claes
Oldenburg (March to June), Germany's Anselm Kiefer (September to
December) and American Richard Serra (ongoing) will all be the
subject of retrospectives.
To learn more about Portuguese art, visitors can check out
Serralves' exposition titled "Artists Celebrating Porto in the
Second Half of the 20th Century" from July through Oct. 7.
The Center of Portuguese Photography, to open this April in a
former 19th century prison, will display 2,000 cameras of special
interest and a collection of rare photography books.
Porto's picturesque parks and winding streets, marked by
tile-covered residences on steep hilltops, also will serve as the
stage for Cultural Capital.
Live dance and music performances are expected to entertain
onlookers in a number of neighborhoods and on the harbor at the
Douro riverfront, including Carnival processions Feb. 26 and
But the city's most colorful festival takes place in honor of
St. John on June 23 and 24, with a regatta on the Douro River and a
During weekends from July through September, Cuban, Brazilian
and African musical groups will perform in the gardens of the
Palacio de Cristal.
The "2001 Summer Nights" show on July 29 brings Venezuelan jazz
percussionist Gerado Rosales y su Venesalsa to the palace
"Rock and World Music" also will be on the garden's musical
program throughout the summer.
In July, Porto's waterfront will be the star of Bridge of
Dreams, a light show and pageant on the upper level of the Ponte de
Luis I bridge.
Following the Serralves' contemporary motif, the Rivoli National
Theatre will welcome the best in modern dance, with programs by
Merce Cunningham (June 21 to 23), Wim Vanedekeybus (Oct. 22 to 25)
and William Forsythe (Nov. 29 to 30).
Contemporary music will be represented during the Great Names of
Jazz series at the Coliseum.
Highlights will include serenades by saxophone player Wayne
Shorter on March 3 and singer Maria Joao on June 29.
Twentieth century opera is also on the Cultural Capital agenda:
The Birmingham Opera Company from England will present "Prodigal
Son" on April 2 at the Monastery of Leca do Balio and "Wozzeck"
from April 6 to 7 at a location to be announced.
The House of Music, a new establishment that is the cornerstone
of Porto's urban renewal programs for 2001, will be home to the
Porto National Orchestra, scheduled to perform with international
soloists throughout the year.
The Cultural Capital program is the launching pad for numerous
renovations and construction projects in Porto.
The Soares Do Reis National Museum, housed in a palace dating
from the 1700s, is being restored in order to expand its exhibition
space and will reopen in June.
One of the most ambitious renewal projects is the upgrading of
Porto's historical Baixa district, a U.N. World Heritage site.
Building styles include Gothic, renaissance, baroque and
Streets will be repaved; gardens and plazas will be remodeled,
and trolleys will once again traverse the Baixa.
For more information on Porto Cultural Capital 2001, visit the
Web site at www.porto2001.pt.