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A gallery to showcase African artists in Lisbon

Maria João Caetano

The Spanish Janire Bilbao opened the first commercial gallery in Luanda in 2017 and now brings Movarte to Lisbon. The first exhibition is by the Angolan Ihosvanny.

It was the first commercial art gallery in Luanda. Now, come to Lisbon. Movart is an art gallery that works mainly with African artists. After a first sample in September, with a selection of works by various creators, the gallery continues to challenge the covid-19 pandemic and market fluctuations to make its official opening this Saturday with an exhibition by Ihosvanny, an Angolan artist.

On the ground floor of a building designed by the architect Carrilho da Graça, a few meters from Jardim das Amoreiras, with an open door to João Penha street and another open to the back patio, works by António Ole ( in December) and Rita GT (in March). Gallery owner Janire Bilbao enthusiastically recounts the plans: “Yes, opening a gallery in the middle of a pandemic is a risk, but we started from scratch, with the oil crisis in Angola, so we are used to crises”, she says, determined . “We really want to make it work.”

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