By Rede Portuguesa de Arte Contemporânea a Norte (RPAC – Norte)
MACNA - Museu de Arte Contemporânea Nadir Afonso
Welcome to Macna - Museum of Contemporary Art Nadir AfonsoOriginal Source: Município de Chaves
MACNA is a public cultural institution, inaugurated on 4 July 2016 by Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of the Portuguese Republic, who stated that it reflected the genius of both Nadir Afonso and Siza Vieira. A must-visit space in Chaves.
Panoramic view of the Museum of Contemporary Art Nadir AfonsoOriginal Source: Museu de Arte Contemporânea Nadir Afonso
Situated on the right bank of the River Tâmega, the building that hosts the museum is a unique structure of worldwide prestige, designed by the renowned Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira, a Pritzker Architecture Prize winner, a prestigious international award in the field of architecture.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Nadir Afonso Parallel to the Tâmega RiverOriginal Source: Museu de Arte Contemporânea Nadir Afonso
On the riverbank
Located in an area covered by the Polis Programme, the building sits on a white concrete platform. Since the risk of flooding cannot be ruled out, the single-storey building is raised off the ground by a series of perpendicularly laid slabs, with access via a ramp.
The geometry as a link between Nadir Afonso and Siza VieiraOriginal Source: Museu de Arte Contemporânea Nadir Afonso
Geometry: the link between Nadir and Siza
Siza Vieira has not forgotten Nadir Afonso's geometry in the design of the building. Underneath, concrete slabs break into mismatched passages of arches, which outline geometric shapes such as the square, the semi-circle and the triangle.
A museum in dialogue with the surrounding landscapeOriginal Source: Museu de Arte Contemporânea Nadir Afonso
A museum in dialogue with the surrounding landscape
The space now occupied by MACNA is in harmony with its surroundings. Once consisting of old vegetable gardens, its design kept several fruit trees and ruins, creating a balance between the identity of the place and the contemporary features of the building.
Proximity to the historical centerOriginal Source: Museu de Arte Contemporânea Nadir Afonso
Proximity to the historic centre
The wing of the MACNA facing the Tâmega features a footpath with stonewalls, which separate it from the river banks. A path that easily allows visitors to connect to other tourist points of interest such as the Roman bridge of Trajan.
A Museum with Various ValenciesOriginal Source: Museu de Arte Contemporânea Nadir Afonso
A museum with many facets
Its anthropomorphic shape helped to design the spaces, which run longitudinally along the building. Its interior consists of permanent and temporary exhibition rooms, auditorium, library, shop, workshop and technical areas.
Library of the Contemporary Art Museum Nadir AfonsoOriginal Source: Museu de Arte Contemporânea Nadir Afonso
The Library has a bibliographical collection specialising in Art (exhibition catalogues, manuscripts and periodicals), and is available to the public during the museum’s opening hours. The entire collection is available for public consultation.
Auditorium of the Museum of Contemporary Art Nadir AfonsoOriginal Source: Museu de Arte Contemporânea Nadir Afonso
The MACNA has an Auditorium that can accommodate up to 101 people seated, designed for cultural, social, academic and other events, as well as for film screenings. The architect Siza Vieira designed all its furniture.
Contemporary Art Museum Shop Nadir AfonsoOriginal Source: Museu de Arte Contemporânea Nadir Afonso
The MACNA shop offers visitors signature merchandise and articles by Nadir Afonso, which also bear the MACNA logo, as well as many catalogues produced for each exhibition held. The shop is open to visitors at any time during the museum's opening hours.
Exposure roomsOriginal Source: Museu de Arte Contemporânea Nadir Afonso
The exhibition rooms are located in the centre of the building and communicate with each other, allowing visitors freedom of movement. Works by Nadir and other well-known artists are exhibited here.
The landscape as an extension of the museum itselfOriginal Source: Museu de Arte Contemporânea Nadir Afonso
The landscape as an extension of the museum
The surrounding landscape is a constant in the building, meandering through the various openings that rip through the concrete. The gallery facing the Tâmega is an example thereof, a continuous horizontal opening that extends the exhibition to the outdoors, integrating and dialoguing with it.
Artistic atelierOriginal Source: Museu de Arte Contemporânea Nadir Afonso
The Nadir Afonso Atelier is located at one end of the building, facing the Tâmega. A space with plenty of natural light through its openings to the outside, especially a geometric window, with the landscape as a background that is an invitation to inspiration and creativity.
Plastic arts roomOriginal Source: Museu de Arte Contemporânea Nadir Afonso
Visual Arts Room
In an adjoining room, we can find the visual arts room, used to develop activities with children and young people, such as painting, drawing, collage, etc. In addition, there is a close connection to the landscape through a horizontal window.
Visiting Macna is a singular experienceOriginal Source: Museu de Arte Contemporânea Nadir Afonso
Visiting the MACNA is a unique experience
There are countless reasons to visit the MACNA: contemplating the architecture of the building, viewing the works of art, the contact with nature and the place, enjoying a space of creativity and inspiration. Visit, feel and experience Art in an emblematic space like the MACNA.