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The President of the Tourism Cluster of Galicia visits Porto and Guimarães on the 7th and 8th of March

13 museums and art centres united in the North to give a voice to contemporary art

There are 13 museums and centres of contemporary art and architecture in the North region that will form the RPAC – Norte (Portuguese Network of Contemporary Art), is an initiative promoted by the Regional Directorate of Culture of the North, with the support of Turismo do Porto e Norte of Portugal, the institutions involved as well as the municipalities of each municipality, which will result in the territorial enhancement of 4 distinct tourist destinations: Porto, Douro, Minho and Trás-os-Montes. This initiative is co-financed by community funds and will present more than 11 thousand works of art, available in 11 cities in the north of the country.

The first initiative, which precedes the presentation that will take place in March, will take place until the 10th with technical visits to the different museums and centres in all the municipalities involved – Amarante, Bragança, Cerveira, Chaves, Famalicão, Gondomar, Guimarães, Matosinhos, Porto, Santo Tirso and São João da Madeira.

One of the major concerns of this ambitious cultural project in the North, never carried out, is related to the production of content for national and foreign audiences, as well as the holding of multimedia exhibitions as well as the promotion of dissemination actions with tour operators in order to encourage the visit of the so-called internal public, from all over the country, but also to attract new audiences, namely from the Spanish border regions, for knowledge and distinctive tourist and cultural routes.

A sign of this cross-border strategy, the visit on the 7th and 8th of this month to the Serralves Foundation and the José de Guimarães International Arts Center, by the President of the Galician Tourism Cluster, Cesáreo Pardal, accompanied by the regional director of Culture of the North, Laura Castro.

The José de Guimarães International Arts Center is a contemporary art centre located in Guimarães whose collection comprises the collection of the artist José de Guimarães, with a wide range of his work, as well as pieces of African art, pre-Columbian art and ancient Chinese. José de Guimarães was born in Guimarães in 1939 and is considered one of the most international and renowned contemporary Portuguese plastic artists, having exhibited his work in several countries around the world.

The technical visits will continue through the Cupertino de Miranda Foundation (Famalicão), Casa da Arquitectura/Portuguese Center for Architecture and Design House (Matosinhos), Graça Morais Contemporary Art Center (Bragança), Oliva Art Center (São João da Madeira), Marques da Silva Foundation and Serralves Foundation (Porto), Lugar do Desenho – Júlio Resende Foundation (Gondomar), Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso Municipal Museum (Amarante), Cerveira Biennial Museum (Cerveira), Nadir Afonso Contemporary Art Museum (Chaves) ), International Museum of Contemporary Sculpture (Santo Tirso).

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