Museum of Contemporary Art was opened to the
public in 1992 in its new home, the Fortaleza
São Tiago, or Fort Saint James, in
the old zone - Zona Velha, of Funchal, Madeira.
The museum or exhibition is considered to be one of
the top 5 art museums in Portugal. The collection
of contemporary art is unique in that much of the
acquisitions are indeed donations by the artists themselves.
Some paintings are bought. But again these are usually
purchased at a token fee to the original artist or
old and picturesque Forte São Tiago - now
home to the Museum of Contemporary Art. Picture
Courtesy of MadMulti - from their CD Madeira
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uniquely Portuguese and Madeiran art heritage is continuously
expanding and growing to such proportions making
it necessary to rotate the collection at various intervals
so as to accommodate all the works of art held by
the museum in the small confines of the old fort.
The museum continues to promote the artists by allowing
several artists to exhibit private collections
to the public at several opportune times during the
some of the artists in regular exposition are
António Areal, Helena Almeida, Nuno Siqueira,
Manuel Babtista, Jorge Martins, Artur Rosa, and Joaquim
Rodrigo - artists from the decade of the 60's.
More recent artists from the 70's and 80's
include Bartolomeu Cid dos Santos, Gil Teixeira Lopes,
António Bouca, Cargaleiro, Emília Nadal,
Carlos Calvet, António Palolo, Nuno Sampayo,
Isabel Laginhas, and many others. The most recent
acquisitions of artists that have produced notable
works of art in the 90's include Ilda David,
Ana Vidigal, Miguel Branco, Pedro Babrito Reis, Sofia
Areal, Rui Sanches and António Campos Rosado
among many others. For those culture vultures who
are Portuguese Art enthusiasts there is even a precious
oil by Vieira da Silva.
Mondays to Saturdays:
open from 10H00 to 12H30,
and then from 14H00 to 17H45
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
Fortaleza de São Tiago
Tel: (+351 +91) 226456
Adults - 350$00 PTE (Portuguese Escudos)
and Under 25's - 170$00 PTE
Free admission for - young children, scholars,
teachers, tourist guides, media reporters, painters,
sculptors, and Portuguese military personnel.