Madeira Photography Museum is the Portuguese museum of the year 2020

The award was announced during an online ceremony, by the association, due to the pandemic’s constraints, to present the honors with 32 awards for the previous year, attributed to museums, projects, good practices, professionals and various activities developed in the sector, throughout the country.

This year’s APOM awards also distinguished Mozambican museologist Alda Costa and archaeologist Cláudio Torres, as personalities in the field of museology. After five years closed for renovation work, worth 1.7 million euros, the Madeira Photography Museum — Atelier Vicente’s, reopened in July last year.

The museum space was founded in 1863, by Vicente Gomes da Silva, and remained active until 1978, the year in which the building, in the center of Funchal, and the estate, with more than 1.5 million negatives, were acquired by Regional Government of Madeira.

Three years after the opening of the house, in 1866, Vicente Gomes da Silva received the title of photographer of the Empress of Austria, Isabel da Baviera, the mythical Sissi, and, in 1903, the photographer of the Casa Real Portuguesa, which also contributed more for its importance, making your studio one of the best equipped of the 19th century.

The space opened to the public in 1982, as a museum and, in 2014, closed for works, with the executive investing 1.2 million euros in the rehabilitation of the building, and 500 thousand euros, with an 85% community contribution, in the restoration and safeguarding of the collection.

The space reopened with a temporary exhibition entitled “Treasures of Portuguese Photography of the 19th century”, maintaining a permanent exhibition representative of the various authors included in the collection, which includes the collection of practically all the great photography houses of the 19th and 20th centuries .

The Museum of the Year Award is one of the main distinctions awarded by APOM, in a total of 32 categories this year, which distinguish, among other areas, the best intervention and restoration, the best catalog, the best exhibition, patronage and project museographic.

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