Things to do in Lisbon in 2022

Lisbon is a historic city, but there is no shortage of novelties all year round. Dynamic and full of life, in this city there are lots of new spaces to discover, captivating exhibitions, and much more! With the beginning of a new year, there's nothing better than exploring and enjoying what's new in the city. Discover with us some of the best new things that deserve a visit this year. 

Must-see exhibitions in 2022

Discover one of the city's most fascinating museums

MAAT (Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology) is one of Lisbon's most famous museums, with different exhibitions throughout the year for all tastes. Put on your calendar some of the exhibitions that are scheduled for this year.

In March 2022, MAAT will host an exhibition entitled "Cityscape" by renowned urban artist Vhils. This exhibition will present a set of videos of everyday life from 9 different cities, such as Hong Kong, Lisbon, Los Angeles, Macau, Mexico City, Paris and Shanghai filmed in slow motion that will be shown on screens, creating an authentic digital urban labyrinth and a unique immersive experience.

This exhibition will take place in MAAT's main gallery from March to September and will feature works of several contemporary artists whose works reflect the various transformations and tensions in Portuguese democratic society. An exhibition curated by Vhils, António Brito Guterres and Carla Cardoso.

Traverser La Nuit
Exhibition composed of more than a hundred works by international artists in the fields of sculpture, painting, photography, installation and video by authors such as Robert Breer, Christian Boltanski, Stéphane Thidet, John Isaacs, Eugene Smith, Muholi Zanele and Roman Opalka. These works are part of the Antoine Galbert collection. Visit this exhibition at Central Tejo from March to September 2022. 

Avenida Brasília, Lisboa

Travel back in time with Artur Pastor's photographs

Artur Pastor – O Povo no Panteão 
Visit the emblematic Panteão Nacional (National Pantheon) and discover the different facets of the Portuguese people captured by the lens of Artur Pastor, one of the great Portuguese photographers of the 20th century. The photographs in the exhibition were carefully selected and are an unparalleled testimony of Portugal in the 40's and 60's. A unique portrait of the country from north to south and its people on a true journey through time.

Opening hours:
Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm
Until 6 February 2022

Campo de Santa Clara (National Pantheon)

Visit the Perve Gallery in Alfama

In the heart of Lisbon's historic centre, the Perve Gallery is a space that presents exhibitions of Modern and Contemporary Art. With various initiatives throughout the year, its programme seeks to promote and exhibit works by Portuguese and foreign artists who stand out in the various aspects of Contemporary Art. Get to know some of them:

The disOrganism & the Shadow
Javier Félix debuts in Portugal with more than 80 works in an exhibition that covers various techniques such as painting, drawing, sculpture and installation. The artistic work of Javier Félix focuses on the human body and its representation, sometimes only suggested or metamorphosed. A unique opportunity to see the work of this artist in Lisbon.

PopArt & Freedom
Ivo Bassanti's first solo exhibition reflects a strong influence of the POP movement and freedom culture with works where strong colours and various neo-libertarian narratives are present. This exhibition marks the 8th anniversary of Casa da Liberdade - Mário Cesariny at Perve Gallery.

Opening hours for the exhibitions at Perve Gallery:
Tuesday to Saturday, from 2pm to 8pm
Until 19 February 2022

Escolas Gerais, 17 - Alfama

Discover new spaces that bring more life to the city

Over the years, Lisbon has been renewing itself and gaining new cultural, commercial and garden spaces in different areas of the city where a lot of things happen: concerts, exhibitions, workshops, theatre and dance shows, gastronomic offerings, and much more! See below some of the spaces that are bringing more life to the city.
A new Lisbon store that brings together the "old" and the new Portuguese crafts. Vida Portuguesa, created by Catarina Portas, rescued dozens of Portuguese brands from oblivion and has now joined forces with Portugal Manual by Filipa Belo, to create a space that brings together the oldest and most timeless of Portuguese handicraft with the most contemporary work of new artists. In addition to handicrafts, this space also has an exclusive display of 50 Portuguese advertising posters from the 20th century and a small cafe that invites you to take a break. This is a unique shop in the city with unparalleled relics. Embark on an authentic journey across the country through pottery, woodwork, cork, basketry, and textiles in a space that crosses generations of artisans.

Opening hours:
Friday to Sunday, from 11am to 7pm

Rua Nova do Desterro, 21

Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles Urban Park
A new park in the center of Lisbon that seeks to give people back what was once taken over by cars, connecting several green spaces that already existed, such as the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Garden and the green corridor of Monsanto. With about 6 hectares, several leisure, and sports areas, this park is a pleasant place to walk around and its proximity to the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation invites you to visit this important cultural space.

Praça de Espanha

In the heart of downtown Lisbon, a grocery store and cafeteria have been created to focus on the best Portuguese products by the hands of chef Moisés Franco. At STŌ you can enjoy some snacks made with products straight from the grocer's shelves and processed by Moisés Franco, who has worked in the kitchens of some of the most renowned Portuguese chefs.

Opening hours:
Tuesday to Saturday, from 9am to 8pm

Rua dos Fanqueiros, 83-85

Negócio emerged as a space dedicated to the creation and experimentation in residence of performing arts artists, such as theatre, dance and music. After being closed for 2 years, Negócio reopened in Marvila with a new cultural program in a place where there is no lack of creative spaces to discover.

Rua do Açúcar, 52 – armazém 3

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