Selections from thirty-six hours in Porto, Portugal.
Posters from Oficina Arara, a collaborative print group formed in 2010 that also produces books, graphic materials, performances, concerts, workshops, and others. Works from this project, Nympha by Joao Alvez, are posted up on walls around Porto. The monoprints are wonderfully bright and chaotic disruptions from city visuals, with some layers printed and others individually intervened upon.
The very beautiful School of Fine Arts of the University of Porto. Its various departmental buildings are connected by a central garden / art school dream setting. Many interesting local artists have taken part in its programs.
The Villa at the Serralves Museum is the most important example of Portuguese Art Deco architecture. Originally built as a home for the Count Carlos Alberto Cabral in the 1930s, several architects worked on the design through its long construction, most notably Charles Siclis and José Marques da Silva.
The Park at the Serralves Museum is 18 hectacres and over 200 species of plants. The gardens were designed in the 1930s by Jacques Gréber. So lovely.
The Porto Botanical Garden has an especially beautiful cactus and succulent collection. The gardens surround a mansion from 1875 by João da Silva Monteiro. As in Galicia, camelia varieties play an important role in these gardens, too.