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The Spectacle of Power. Politics and Exhibitions (1934 – 1940)

13 May 2023 - 30 December 2023



May 13 – December 30 2023




October to February –   every day from 10AM to 6PM (last entrance 5h30PM)


March to September – every day from 10AM to 7PM (last entrance 6h30PM)



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About this event

The exhibition The Spectacle of Power. Politics and Exhibitions (1934 – 1940) focuses on the political exhibitions held in Portugal between 1934 and 1940, and the Portuguese pavilions presented at the international exhibitions in Paris (1937) and New York (1939), exploring the relationship between art, history, power and propaganda.


The Spectacle of Power seeks to create an immersive journey through unpublished documents and photographic records, kept in Portuguese and foreign archives, making it possible to show how, in the 1930s, Portugal invested considerable time, money and human resources in political exhibitions in the country and across borders.


The exhibition addresses the background to the event and the event itself, the debates, experiments, mistakes and propaganda trials, both visible and invisible, marking the path that led to the Portuguese World Exhibition in 1940.