WOW opens art gallery with Francis Bacon exhibition

The cultural quarter of Vila Nova de Gaia begins its cycle of temporary exhibitions.

The WOW Gallery, which takes place in the main square, has already opened and is now available for visits from 12 pm to 7 pm a week and from 10 am to 7 pm at the weekend. Culture and art go hand in hand at WOW, from now on. In addition to the five museums available to visit, WOW now also has an Art Gallery. The inauguration of this cultural space takes place with an exhibition of graphic works by Francis Bacon.

The artist was born in 1909 in Dublin and died in 1992 in Madrid. His view of the world was uncompromising and very personal. At the end of World War II, unlike his peers who sought abstractionism, Bacon devoted himself to the drama and fragility of human existence through figurative painting. He challenged himself to seek new possibilities in the representation of the human figure, in the most realistic and evocative way possible, exploring the extent to which the vitality of flesh and blood could be captured and materialized.

This is an exhibition organized by WOW and art commissioner Charlotte Crapts. The works belong to the Renschdael Art Foundation, with the contribution of The Estate Francis Bacon.

Some of Bacon’s main lines of thought are also represented through multimedia animations developed by students in the discipline of Art and Multimedia Communication at the Escola Superior Artística do Porto (ESAP) and undergraduate degrees in Communication Design, Audiovisual and Multimedia Communication, Video Games and Applications Multimedia of the Lusófona University. The objective was to capture the attention of digital natives and seek a more appealing environment that combined the two languages: painting and digital interpretations.

Until June 30, the exhibition has a special cost of 8 euros. As of July 1, the exhibition will cost 12 euros. The ticket entitles you to a glass of Port wine at WOW. The cost for students and those over 65 is always 5 euros.

Tickets are available online at and in person at WOW ticket offices. Francis Bacon’s exhibition will be available to visit until September 26th.

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