TUESDAY MAY 22, 2018
Morning arrival at the Hotel Vinci Porto. Check-in for 3 nights and receive Welcome Packet.We will meet in the lobby with Sofia Barroso, president of Around Art, our Portuguese and Spanish counterpart. She will be your principal lecturer and tour guide, along with Carlos Dell Acqua.
4:00 p.m. Depart by coach to the Serralves Foundation, Porto´s leading contemporary art institution. Introductory talk on the city of Porto on the way. www.serralves.pt. Welcome refreshments at the Serralves Terrace Café. The building was designed by 1992 Pritzker Prize recipient Alvaro Siza Veira. Welcome by director Suzanne Cotter and by our lecturer Matilde Seabra. Visit the temporary exhibitions followed by a stroll through the magnificent sculpture park with works by Claes Oldenburg, Dan Graham, Richard Serra, among other artists. We will also visit the Serralves Art Deco Villa that was owned by the Counts of Visela.
6:30 p.m. Depart for architecture tour on the way to our welcome dinner at Boa Nova Casa do Cha Restaurant, one of Alvaro Siza’s most emblematic locations. Our meals will be prepared by famous chef Rui Paula.
9:30 p.m. Return by coach to the hotel.
WEDNESDAY MAY 23, 2018
9:30 a.m. Depart the hotel by bus. Visit the Church of Carmo, famous Century Lello Bookshop, Torre des Clerigos, and the 19th century Train Station of São Bento with its beautiful tiles, Cathedral (Sé), and Church of Saint Frances.
After a morning coffee, we will depart at noon by coach to the nearby town of Braga to the private home and gallery of Mario and Paola Sequeira for lunch.
After lunch, we will visit their art gallery, sculpture garden and restored guest farmhouse, and view works by Anselm Keifer, Richard Long, Julian Opie. www.mariosequeira.com
Before we return to Porto, we will stroll through the old town of Braga, we will enjoy a short organ concert at the Cathedral and stop for coffee at the famous Art Decó A Brasileira café.
6:00 p.m. Return to Porto.
8:00 p.m. Dinner at the hotel.
THURSDAY MAY 24, 2018
9:30 a.m. Depart for a special architectural tour of the Casa da Musica (Music House) by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. The Casa da Musica is a piece of sculpture in itself and one of the most interesting new building in town. www.casadamusica.com
11:30 a.m. Departure from Casa da Musica. Visit Sandeman winery, one of the most emblematic wineries in Porto.
1:30 p.m. Board a Rabelo boat, a typical boat from the Porto wine region which brings the wine barrels down the Duoro river to the Porto wineries from the vineyards. Lunch on board with Fado.
3:00 p.m. Optional visit to the jewelry designer Rosarinho Cruz and a walk through the old silver shops of Porto. Free time for shopping. Return to the hotel.
7:30 p.m. Depart for a cocktail-dinatoire at a private home with an art collection.
9:30 p.m. Return to the hotel.