MADRAGOA is a contemporary art gallery founded in 2016 in the homonymous neighborhood of Lisbon’s historical center. Since its beginning, the gallery has been an early supporter of a number of international young artists such as Adrián Balseca, Rodrigo Hernández, Renato Leotta, Buhlebezwe Siwani, Joanna Piotrowska, and Yuli Yamagata, whose first productions and exhibition have been produced and promoted by the gallery and often presented for the first time in Portugal. Moreover, Madragoa launched the careers of young Portuguese artists such as Sara Chang Yan, Luís Lázaro Matos, Gonçalo Preto, and Jaime Welsh, giving them visibility on the international scene.
From its peripheral location in Europe, MADRAGOA’s project focuses on how to set a deep conversation with the city and its extraordinary potential, setting a dialogue between global artistic practices and local craftsmanship and ideas. The gallery always created experiences of research and production for its artists locally and promotes its program also through the participation in a number of international art fairs, gallery exchanges, and exhibition projects.
In 2023, Madragoa inaugurated its new premises next to the Basílica da Estrela, one of the landmarks in Lisbon’s historical centre. The space, renovated by Ab Rogers Design, has been opened with the first solo exhibition in Portugal – and in a commercial gallery – of Sarah Benslimane, who joined the program of Madragoa just a few months prior.
MADRAGOA is currently recognized as one of the most innovative realities in the Portuguese art scene, while it succeeded to obtain visibility internationally throughout its years of its activity.
At the moment, the gallery actively represents artists from Portugal, Italy, Ecuador, Mexico, Poland, Spain, France, Brazil and South Africa.
Image Credit: Luís Lázaro Matos, Divertimento, 2023. Installation view at Madragoa, Lisbon. Courtesy of the artist and Madragoa, Lisbon. Photo by Bruno Lopes.