Forum Eugénio de Almeida is one more of the many reasons to visit Evora. Almost all of them are related to the history which has made Evora a world heritage site in the centre of the amazing nature of Alentejo, not forgetting its gastronomy and wine production.
But we also have modernity in Evora. Forum Eugénio de Almeida is an innovative space dedicated to the arts and culture. It opened in July 2013, after a total remodelling of the old Palácio da Inquisição (Inquisition Palace). The building also includes the beautiful Casas Pintadas (Painted Houses) and the old Forum Eugénio de Almeida.
Exhibitions focus essentially on contemporary art. In addition, there are performative projects and educational programmes aiming at different audiences. The purpose is to motivate and raise awareness to the arts.
In two floors, Forum Eugénio de Almeida holds temporary exhibitions in wonderful modern rooms throughout around 13000 sq feet (1200 m2). There are also two other rooms to show the last trends, experimental projects,…
On the outside we find Páteo de Honra, Jardim Norte and Jardim das Casas Pintadas. This last garden has a gallery with palatial mural painting from the second half of the 16th century, something unique in Portugal.
In Forum Eugénio de Almeida, architecture and exhibitions are on the same level as some of the best culture houses and museums we may find in Europe. You will be impressed.
Scheduled exhibitions in Forum Eugénio de Almeida for 2015-2016
Prece Geral – Daniel Blaufuks
(07-11-2015 – 10-01-2016)
This exhibition initiates the project Re-inventar a Memória (Reinvent the Memory), which intends to encourage new understandings about Evora heritage and Fundação Eugénio de Almeida.
Ah, Finalmente, Natureza! – Gabriela Albergaria
(19-09-2015 – 09-01-2016)
The exhibition from the artist Gabriela Albergaria is curated by José Roca. It associates Colombia with Portugal through an invocation of different vernacular cultures and handicraft.
Departamento dos Futuros Abandonados – Joachim Koester
(19-09-2015 – 09-01-2016)
Starting in mid-1990s, Joachim Koester’s work merges historic and journalistic investigation with what is personal and fictitious narratives.
Micro-eventos ou a possibilidade de nos equivocarmos – Nicolás Paris
(18-04-2015 – 18-04-2016)
A questioning of the way the interior of the Forum is inhabited through monthly interventions by Nicolás Paris and the Forum work group itself.
Forum Eugénio de Almeida, Évora
Address: Largo do Conde de Vila Flor (by Evora Museum, Evora Cathedral and Evora Roman Temple)
Timetable: October-April 10:00-18:00, May-September 10:00-19:00 (closed on Mondays)
Price: 4€ (50% discount for 65+ and students); free entrance Sundays, accompanied minors and press
Forum Eugénio de Almeida offers a cafeteria and a souvenir shop with beautiful articles. After you visit the building and its exhibitions, have dinner in the great restaurant or have a drink in the wine bar. Sensations like these are what Evora is all about.