There's a lot happening in Lisbon this week, including the international art fair ARCO Lisboa. Our local insider Kasia breaks down the must see events and even shares where to grab a drink! Learn more about taking an Oh So Arty tour with Kasia in Lisbon here.
ARCOLisboa 2018 | 17 - 20.05
ARCOlisboa art fair started this week for the third time in Cordoaria Nacional in Lisbon. During this year’s edition, more than seventy galleries from Europe and Americas will present artworks by invited artists in two main sections: 'Opening', which is dedicated to young galleries and 'General', which featurs established galleries. ARCOlisboa is a fair with friendly atmosphere and original surroundings, definitely not to be missed while visiting Lisbon these days.
The fair is developing from year to year, so besides doing a ritual walk around the booths, I recommend visiting the part dedicated to individual artistic projects and participating in the parallel program of talks with art professionals as well as FORUM with art collectors. More information about the program can be found here.
FEA Lisboa | 18 – 20.05
FEA Lisboa or Festival dos Espaços dos Artistas de Lisboa is a parallel event to the fair, created out of the need to introduce the international audience to artists in a more independent manner. The main idea is to give the opportunity for viewers to visit artists’ studios, artist run spaces and non-commercial art projects. It’s thought to be a spontaneous dialog between artists and the city, an occasion to rethink the artistic phenomena and the presence of contemporary art in our everyday life.
The 2018 edition is a pilot, where my company Contemporary Art Tours Lisbon is present as a technical partner of the event, offering tours around studios selected by the director of the festival. You can find more information about the festival here.
After all the artsy experience go and get a drink in one of those famous spots in the city center.
Galeria Zé de Bois is one of the ‘must places’ to visit during this week. It’s worth climbing up the steep stairs to get to the terrace, hidden in between the amazing rooftops of Bairro Alto.
Rive Rouge is a spot located on the first floor of an old fish market, today know as Time Out Market, where during the day all the foodies will find delicious cousins from around the world, and at night, it’s a home for an excellent bar owned by the same owners as the famous Portuguese Lux Frágil club.