Exhibitions by Camões, I.P.


Camões - Institute of Language and Co-operation, I.P. carries out the duties of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the area of culture by ensuring the promotion and spread of Portuguese culture abroad by designing, producing, proposing and promoting activities and projects to increase international awareness of all the different types of artistic expression.

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Find out more about the various exhibitions


Discover Almada 

Almada was a multi-faceted artist - designer, painter, writer, costume designer, set designer, dancer, director, performer, stained-glass window-maker, surveyor and, above all, the star of his life-work.

More than discovering a chronological vision of the artist Almada Negreiros, here you’ll find the unity of a vast and heterogeneous display, spotlighting all of the artist’s varied and largely unknown works.

  • Year: 2014
  • Number of exhibits: 23
  • Size: 1m x 0.70m
  • Languages: Portuguese and English
  • Versions: Digital

The Portuguese Azulejo: Contemporary Dialogues

The azulejo tile is rooted in traditions that have been brought up to date in terms of technique, colour, shape, theme and methods of use to become the digital printing of Portuguese culture.

Dialogue with modernity is a specific form of contemporary thinking and a way to expressively reflect places of anonymity to the general public. 

  1. Year: 2012
  2. Number of exhibits: 21
  3. Size (cm): 98 x 68
  4. Languages: Portuguese, Spanish, French and English
  5. Versions: digital

Camilo Pessanha. A poet in the distance. Commemoration of 150 years of birth

Camilo de Almeida Pessanha was born in Coimbra in the year 1867. Macao, where he arrived on April 10, 1894, was the most constant scenario of his life and was buried there. Jurist, teacher, poet, is the publication of "Clepsidra" that reveals the greatest Portuguese symbolist poet.

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of his birth, the Wenceslau de Moraes Association, the Jorge Álvares Foundation and the Camões Foundation. I.P. honor the Author, with the exhibition "Camilo Pessanha, A Poet in the Far", in a historical journey that gives us an account of his "Family and Youth, People and Places"; of "Macau and China"; of "The Friends"; and presents the Author in its various facets: "The Professor"; "The Jurist"; "The Citizen"; "The Poet" and "The Sinologist". The current version is in Portuguese and Mandarin, but bilingual versions will soon be available in French and English

  • Year: 2017
  • Number of exhibits: 19
  • Size (cm): 72 x 100; 100 x 140
  • Languages: Portuguese, Mandarin
  • Versions: digital

Portuguese Cinema

This adventure started early in Portugal. The great form of art that is cinema appeared in France as soon as it was invented, allowing the Portuguese the chance to enjoy the moving images being projected before their very eyes and, from the very beginning, they remained faithful by integrating the magic they saw on the big screen into their daily lives.

  • Year: 2012
  • Number of exhibits: 23
  • Size (cm): 68 x 98
  • Languages: Bilingual Portuguese / Spanish // Bilingual Portuguese / French // Bilingual Portuguese / English
  • Versions: digital

From restlessness to transgression: this is Bocage

Bocage was one of the most complex and notable figures of the Enlightenment period in Portugal. He was a versatile writer of different types of poetry, playwright and translator of Greek and Latin classics - Ovid, Lucano, Virgil and coeval writers like Voltaire, La Fontaine, Tasso, Racine, Delille and Madame du Bocage. His irreverent writings and incisive public interventions became meaningful for a succession of Portuguese generations. His work is characterised by its lyrical ubiquity, eroticism and satire. It is repeatedly cited in literature, the arts, music, cinema, theatre and even advertising.

  • Year: 2016
  • Number of exhibits: 24
  • Size (cm): 0,90 x 0,60
  • Languages: Portuguess / Spanish
  • Versions: digital

Writers Diplomats

A selection of 10 writers who have been diplomats. Beginning with Eça de Queiroz (19th century) and ending with Luís Filipe Castro Mendes, a contemporary author, in all of them we find a vision of cultural scope that results, explicitly, from the functions and contacts with cultures and issues of international scope.

  • Year: 2014
  • Number of exhibits: 21
  • Size(m): 1.00 x 0.70
  • Languages: Bilingual Portuguese / English
  • Versions: digital

Fernão Mendes Pinto - Awe and Vision

"Fernão, mentes? Minto." With this facetious pun, the name of the writer of Peregrinação has been passed from generation to generation, a piece of work that even before its publication generated great curiosity and controversy surrounding the veracity of the tales it told.   

  • Year: 2009
  • Number of exhibits: 19
  • Size (cm): 98 x 68
  • Languages: Bilingual Portuguese and English
  • Versions: digital

History of Fado

A performing art that combines music with poetry, fado started in Lisbon during the first half of the 19th century as a result of absorbing the multiculturalism of the dances of the Afro-Brazilian newcomers to Europe, a legacy of song and dance fused with the musical traditions of rural areas brought about by successive waves of immigration and patterns of the cosmopolitan urban song of the beginning of the 19th century.

  • Year: 2012
  • Number of exhibits: 20
  • Size (m): 1,00 x 0,70
  • Languages: Trilingual Portuguese / French / English // Trilingual Portuguese / English and editable file for any other language to be inserted 
  • Versions: digital

Portugal and the Great War: Contexts and Protagonists (1914-1918)

By going back to the origins, contexts, impact and memories of the First World War, the exhibition entitled Portugal and the Great War: Contexts and Protagonists (1914-1918) examines the various aspects of Portuguese participation in this global conflict. Political reasons, social mobilisation, the role of women, life in the trenches, African and European fronts and the lasting impact of the conflict are all addressed and reflected by very detailed photographic documentation.

  • Year: 2015
  • Number of exhibits: 16 (double)
  • Size (m): 1,00 x 0,70
  • Languages: Bilingual Portuguese / Spanish // Bilingual Portuguese / French // Bilingual Portuguese / English
  • Versions: digital

The Economic Potential of the Portuguese Language

The 250 million people who speak Portuguese represent approximately 3.7% of the world’s population and account for about 4% of total wealth.

The eight countries whose official language is Portuguese occupy an area of 10.8 million square-kilometers, around 7.25% of the earth’s surface, each of which possesses a large maritime area.

Portuguese is the fourth most widely spoken language in the world and has one of the highest growth rates, particularly on the Internet through social networking and teaching as a foreign language.

  • Year: 2014
  • Number of exhibits: 17
  • Size (cm): 98 x 68
  • Languages: Bilingual Portuguese / French // Bilingual Portuguese / English // Bilingual Portuguese / Chinese // Bilingual Portuguese / Tétum
  • Versions: digital