Heaven, Hell and Somewhere in Between: Portuguese Popular Art


MOA delves deep into popular art of Portugal in the upcoming exhibition entitled Heaven, Hell and Somewhere In Between: Portuguese Popular Art, on view May 12 through October 12, 2015. The North American premiere of this extraordinary exhibition will include 300 Portuguese folk artworks – a distinct and eclectic mix of digital graffiti projections with popular rural creations: puppets, figurines, carnival masks, ceramics, and more.


The exhibit will showcase the work of a passing generation of great artists—craftspeople, illustrators, and painters. The exhibition presents Portuguese popular art as multi-leveled, theatrical, politically astute, and individualistic. These creations provide a theatre of the nation, where art and culture are mediated through the eruption of personal, profound, and deeply felt sentiments.


In fall 2015, Shelton will lead a group of enthusiastic participants on a 13-day trip to Portugal as part of MOA Journeys, an initiative launched in November 2014 with an inaugural voyage to Cuba. A unique cultural encounter, those partaking in the expedition will deepen their understanding of Portuguese society through encounters with select artists represented in the exhibition, excursions to artist studios, and cultural workshops.

Heaven, Hell and Somewhere in Between will be on view in MOA’s Audain Gallery May 12 through October 12, 2015.


Saturday, May 16, 1pm
Talk and Tour

Join MOA curator and director Anthony Shelton and Portuguese anthropologist and researcher Eduardo Tomé discussing the conception and execution of the exhibition with a behind-the-scenes perspective.


Tuesday May 26, 7pm
Design Insights Tour

A far cry from traditional white walls, Heaven, Hell and Somewhere In Between showcases Portuguese popular art amidst a unique take on exhibition design. Join design and production manager, Skooker Broome in an exploration of the conception, design, and execution behind the exhibition aesthetic.


Saturday, June 6, 11-12:30pm
Popular Puppets!

Families, come and explore puppets from around the world, including Portuguese popular art creations! Tour through the galleries and participate in a creative making activity.

Saturday, June 6, 3-5pm
EU Book Club – Portugal

Hosted by the Consulate General of Portugal in Vancouver and EUNIC Canada-Vancouver, with the support of the Camões Institute for Cooperation and Language. Engage in a presentation and discussion (conducted in English) about the selected novel, “The Piano Cemetery” by José Luis Peixoto. Light refreshments to follow.

Free in MOA’s Community Lounge; Museum Admission not included.
For members of the EU Book Club, or those interested in joining, there will be a special guided tour of Heaven, Hell and Somewhere In Between at 2pm.


Curator Tours

Sunday, May 17, 1pm
Tuesday, June 2, 7pm
Tuesday July 7, 7pm

Experience MOA’s newest exhibition, Heaven, Hell and Somewhere In Between: Portuguese Popular Art, with the curator, MOA director Anthony Shelton. Delve into Portugal’s history, religion, and politics as you explore vibrant pottery, urban graffiti, Carnival masks, and more.


October – Portuguese in Vancouver

Engage in a panel discussion with Portuguese community members about the general and individual experiences of being Portuguese in Canada. Leading the discussion, UBC Okanagan professor Carlos Teixeira, has written extensively about Portuguese-Canadian immigrants.


NY Portuguese Short Film Festival 2015
October 10-11, 
11:00am – 3pm

Join MOA in welcoming the NY Portuguese Short Film Festival 2015 for its Canadian premier! The Festival showcases films with a unique and contemporary Portuguese perspective.

Schedule to come. Free with Museum admission


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