The world in times of pandemic and Amália inspire exhibitions at the Portimão Museum

Generic theme of the photographic event, as well as sub-themes, sought to stimulate testimonies about current times

Theme photo «Strange Times»

The exhibition of the winning works of the 20th Photographic Race of Portimão, this time having as theme the strange times of Covid-19, and also an exhibition in homage to Amália Rodrigues, in the year of the 100th anniversary of her birth, mark the Museum's schedule. Portimao. Both exhibitions open at 10:00 am on December 12th, but without pomp or circumstance, that is, without formal opening.

José Gameiro, scientific director of the Portimão Museum, explained to Sul Informação that the theme of the Photographic Race and even how it works was, in this year of 2020, very different from the usual.

«As the individual and face-to-face involvement of a large group of participants in a competition traditionally limited to the municipality of Portimão was not appropriate, the 2020 Photographic Race opened up the possibility of remote participation, by electronic means, of photographers from anywhere in the country ». The Race ended up with the registration of 138 interested parties of ten nationalities, from 25 cities, and the subsequent digital submission of their images, between 22 May and 28 June.

The choice of the generic theme, added José Gameiro, also took into account the recommendations of international organizations linked to culture and museums: «as this time is also historical and museums are, or should be, permanent observers of society, this year the UNESCO and ICOM proposed to museums not to remain indifferent to their time and to collect testimonies, historical, cultural and social references, representative of the impact of the pandemic on the daily lives of communities, for future memory».

The Museum of Vienna (Austria), for example, collected a roll of toilet paper as "the first piece connected to Covid-19", he pointed out.


Theme photo «Distance Signs»

The Museum of Portimão recorded this memory of the pandemic through the photographs sent by the competitors of the Photographic Race, which had the themes “Strange Times”, “Signs of Distance”, “Places of Hope” and “Solidarity”.

These were the four themes that stimulated and challenged the attentive and creative gaze of the participants, “in a period of such difficult and strong social constraints”.

The winners of this edition are: 1st – Francisco Martins Prize; 2nd – Elsa Martins Award; 3rd Prize – José Oliveira; 4th Prize – Hugo Esteves; “Youth Award” – Matilde Gonçalves.

In addition to these categories, the exhibition also includes the “Special Jury Prize”, awarded to Gonçalo Caetano, as well as the two best photographs of each of the four themes mentioned.

The exhibition, as part of the Portimão City Day commemorations, will open on the 12th, from 10:00 am, and will be open until the 25th of April. on the Portimão Museum website.


Exhibition «Welcome to you, Amália»

As for the exhibition “Bem-Vinda Sejas Amália”, in honor of the great fado diva, it will also open at 10:00 am on the same day 12. It will also be available online at Portimão Museum website, where it can be seen until January 10th.

Produced by the Amália Rodrigues Foundation to celebrate the centenary of the birth of one of the most important figures in Portuguese culture of the last century, this traveling show makes known to the Portuguese, from north to south, the uniqueness of Amália as a woman and artist, a cosmopolitan person – assiduous presence in the most important concert halls in the world – and popular in socializing with those who wanted to get to know it.

Developed in four modules, “Bem-Vinda Sejas Amália” reveals the various facets of Amália, from the echo of world success, for her avant-garde and artistic daring, to the modesty of her dressing room, not forgetting the lesser-known curiosities of her vast career .

This initiative, sponsored by Delta Cafés, is included in the national program of Commemorations of the Centenary of the Birth of Amália, which has the High Sponsorship of the President of the Republic.


Exhibition «Welcome to you, Amália»

“Bem-Vinda Sejas Amália” opened in Braga, passed through Maia, Viana do Castelo, Odemira, Ourém, Lagoa, Alter do Chão and Crato, and is also scheduled for Barcelos, Alcochete and Montemor-o-Velho, among other municipalities.

The Photographic Race and the respective exhibition had the support of Ocean Revival, the Group of Friends of the Portimão Museum, ETIC-Algarve, CLCC, Ana-Ana, Restinga, with the Sul Informação as a press partner.

Both exhibitions can be visited at the following time: Tuesday from 14:30 pm to 18:00 pm; Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 18:00 pm. They will also be available online at the Museu de Portimão website, at:




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