Afonso Chaves. CAC3549
Afonso Chaves. CAC3549

2nd Floor

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The Paradoxal Image

Francisco Afonso Chaves (1857-1926)

Curatorship: Victor dos Reis e Emília Tavares

This project presents for the first time a retrospective exhibition of the stereoscopic photographs of Francisco Afonso Chaves, the Azorean naturalist whose photographic archive is largely held by the Museu Carlos Machado in Ponta Delgada and by his family.

The extensive photographic work of Afonso Chaves accompanies him throughout his public and private life and is therefore the basis of three complementary exhibitions: the first one now presented at the MNAC – Museu do Chiado and the other two at the Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência, in Lisbon, and at the Museu Carlos Machado, in Ponta Delgada, which will take place in 2017. These three exhibitions result from a thorough investigation conducted by Victor dos Reis in collaboration with many other Portuguese and international researchers.

Afonso Chaves had a leading role in the scientific development in Portugal and he had a wide range of interests, from biology to geology, geophysics, volcanology, seismology and meteorology. The cosmopolitanism and modernity of his life are reflected on his scientific work and on his photographic activity. They contribute to expand the interest of his oeuvre, unknown to the public and absent from the history of Portuguese photography, and they also present an Azorean in the centre of the world.

His stereoscopic images form a broad and original album on scientific themes but also reveal the restless photographer, captivated by events, by nature, by the sheer delight of the world’s shapes, by social snapshots, by travel photography or by the magical nature of the mechanical image. In this way, they present a rare and creative dialogue between art and science, and a fascination with the paradox and duality of the photographic image between the truth and its representation, between the representation and its visual perception, between the mechanical register and its sensitive interpretation.

With this exhibition the MNAC – Museu do Chiado, in partnership with the Museu Carlos Machado and the Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência, further contributes to the study and diffusion of 19th century Portuguese photography, revealing yet another one of its charismatic creators.


    2016-10-12 18h30
    Opening of the exhibition

    Stereo and Immersive Media - Photography and Sound Research 2016
    2016-11-09 18h30
    Guided tour
    2017-01-14 16h30
    Guided tour
    2017-02-08 18h30
    Guided tour
All Activities 3

On Exhibition

not available

Curatorship: Maria de Aires Silveira e Emília Ferreira
not available
Temporary Exhibition

CAIS Urbana

Curatorship: Mistaker Maker
the 25 years of the Association CAIS
Temporary Exhibition

Inês Norton. Please do (not) touch

Curatorship: Adelaide Ginga e Emília Ferreira
Inês Norton exhibition, reminds us of the urgency of regaining full consciousness of our body. At the cost of surely losing touch with the essence of what it means to be human
Solo show

not available

Curatorship: Adelaide Ginga
The CT1LN project, by Henrique Vieira Ribeiro, has been in development since 2014 and consists of the artistic interpretation of a collection accumulated over the course of four decades by amateur radio personality Paulo V.
Solo show

Rui Macedo. (In)dispensable or Painting that Unsettles the Museum’s Collection.

Curatorship: Emília Ferreira
Reminding us that an artist is a hunter-gatherer, a collector of meanings, forms, problems and proposals, this exhibition highlights the fact that a museum is a place of constant and unsettling discovery.
Temporary Exhibition


Curatorship: Maria de Aires Silveira, Emília Tavares, Emília Ferreira
The current exhibition of the collection covers a sizeable part of its temporal arc, from the mid-19th century to the 1980s, occupying the entirety of the galleries in the Museum wing located in Rua Serpa Pinto.
Collection exhibition