What is Serralves?
Serralves is a cultural institution located in Porto, Portugal, and one of the most important institutions worldwide, ranking in the list of most-visited art museums in the world. It includes a Contemporary Art Museum, a Park and a Villa, each one an example of contemporary architecture, Modernism, and Art Deco architecture.
When was the Serralves Museum built?
The architectural plans for the Serralves Museum were first drawn up in 1991 by the architect Alvaro Siza. The new building was finally inaugurated in 1999, harmoniously integrated within the surrounding urban area and the pre-existing spaces of the gardens of the Park and Villa.
What is the Serralves Museum in Porto?
Alyn Griffiths explores the grounds of Porto’s Serralves museum 16 years after its completion and talks to the architect behind it, Álvaro Siza Vieira Tucked away in a residential area to the west of Porto’s historic centre, the Serralves Museum occupies a significant position, both geographically and culturally, in the Portuguese city.
What to see and do at the Villa de Serralves?
From the garden which circulates around the Villa from behind, visitors can observe the extensive facade, which looks out over the Rua de Serralves. The main entrance is formed by a semicircular widening of the exterior wall, framed beneath a glass canopy.