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Arquipélago Contemporary Arts Center | Azores

rua Adolfo de Medeiros n.40 - Ribeira Grande
Região Autónoma dos Açores, Portugal
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Museum Type: Art

The Arquipélago Centre for Contemporary Arts is the leading art museum and exhibition center in the Azores.

The center is housed in a late-19th century former alcohol factory, located in the town of Ribeira Grande, on the São Miguel Island, the largest of the Azores.
The building complex has been converted into an exhibition center in 2009, on an award-winning design by the Portuguese architects Menos é Mais Arquitectos Associados and João Mendes Ribeiro.

Arquipélago is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to promote contemporary visual arts, performing arts and architecture by organizing temporary exhibitions, residential courses, workshops, conferences, concerts and special events, with a special attention to Portuguese-speaking countries as well as to create connections and collaborations with institutions abroad. The center is also committed to building up its own permanent collection of 21st century art.

Along with exhibition spaces, Arquipélago includes a documentation center, and auditorium-theater, educational rooms, workshops and a cafeteria. The center is fully accessible to people with disabilities.

Review by Riccardo Bianchini, Inexhibit
photos © José Campos, courtesy of Menos é Mais Arquitectos Associados

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