The first museum in Portugal to be built from scratch to house an artist’s work was opened to the public in 1916. Its mission is to preserve, study, document and promote the work of Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro (1846 - 1905), a key figure on the cultural, artistic, and political scene in the second half of the 19th century.
About the space
With a vast and diverse collection of visual artworks, also known as a caricaturist and social critic, Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro was a forward-thinking and multifaceted artist, with an unusual trajectory and a vast collection of work that constantly reflected the cultural, political and social reality of the period he was living in. Brilliant of mind and gifted with a sharp sense of humour, the artist has left us an impressive archive of work that still appear in the pages of the many newspapers he founded, and a factory that now exports his ceramic creations all over the world.
Presenting itself as the “most entertaining Museum in Lisbon”, as a testament to the great humour present in Bordalo Pinheiro’s work, the space features an important library and collection that focusses around his art, as well as that of his son, Manuel Gustavo. The following typologies particularly stand out: Drawings, Prints, Paintings, Ceramics, Tiling, Equipment and Tools, Photography and Records, not forgetting the special attention given to Zé Povinho, a figure that was born on the pages of the Lanterna Mágica newspaper, in 1875, and who is still a symbol of the Portuguese people in the present day.
In addition to its permanent collection, the Museum also offers a regular programme of temporary exhibitions, roundtables, conferences, and a dynamic learning programme.