Exhibitions

The Museum presents three permanent exhibitions: Natural History, Memory of the Convent and Sacred Art, which are the basis and center of the institution’s activity. It also shows two long term exhibitions: “Domingos Rebêlo” and “Canto da Maya”, mostly from the works acquired by the Museum from these two artists and some deposited works.

Throughout the years the Museum has shown several shorter temporary exhibitions, real journeys through art and heritage.

Exhibitions Archive

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Footprints are Bridges

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Domingos Rebêlo

The exhibition is a tribute to the painter Domingos Rebêlo as a central figure in the Azorean artistic panorama of the 20th century. The exhibition presents pieces from different phases of the painter's creation over four decades, not only those with a regionalist nature, but also caricature, graphic arts, illustration and scenography.

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Canto da Maya

The long-term exhibition presents the life and artistic production of one of the greatest figures of Azorean and national sculpture in the first half of the 20th century. This exhibition is divided into thematic groups that expose his genesis, training, international acclaim, as well as his role in monuments design.

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Life, Ways of Using

Donations made to the Carlos Machado Museum over the last 10 years were the motto for the theme of this exhibition, which also aims to honor donors, praising the act of giving in a society based on commercial exchange, profit and consumption.

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Santos da Casa Fazem Milagres

O que fazem os Guardiães da memória quando os crentes regressam a casa? O que escutam quando o silêncio regressa? O que veem quando a luz se apaga e os Santos observam do altar? O que fazem os guardiães da memória quando as portas se fecham, as janelas de cobrem, as chaves rodam em fechaduras por onde as crianças espreitam? O que fazem os Guardiães da memória quando as preces e pedidos precisam (também eles) de encontrar quem os escute e os atenda? O que fazem todos aqueles que zelam por estátuas de madeira, por bancos feitos à medida, por estuques e cortinas de veludo?

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The (im) possibility of an island