In its esteemed role as patron of the National Theatre and Dance Museum, the Mirpuri Foundation was present at the inauguration of the grand exhibition “Gil Vicente – Portugal and Spain in the beginnings of the European Theater” held at the Museum from October to April. This event marked a significant milestone in the Foundation’s commitment to cultural preservation and celebration.

The extraordinary exhibition unfolds as an extensive exploration into the evolutionary trajectory of performing arts in Portugal over 150 years and stands as the most comprehensive homage ever extended to Gil Vicente’s seminal works, encapsulating an impressive collection of over 450 exquisite artefacts including books, costumes, stage props, 3D stage models, musical instruments and an array of other remarkable objects.

The Mirpuri Foundation assumes the distinct honour of being associated with the preservation and presentation of theatrical machinery reminiscent of Gil Vicente’s acclaimed production, “Romagem dos Agravados.” These meticulously restored historical theatre characters now find a distinguished sanctuary within the beautiful outside of the museum, ensuring their legacy remains intact for generations to come.

The exhibition features representation from numerous theatre companies that have both staged and continue to bring the works of Gil Vicente to Iberian audiences. Among the notable contributors are the Teatro Experimental de Cascais, the Teatro da Cornucópia, the Teatro da Rainha, the Cendrev, the Escola da Noite, the Barraca, the Comuna, and the Teatro das Beiras, along with many others.

About the National Theatre and Dance Museum

Housed in an XVIII building, the Monteiro-Mor Palace in Lisbon, the museum features 250 thousand pieces that are a part of the historical and cultural heritage of the performing arts. The collection ranges from costumes and stage props to scenarios, theater molds, posters, programs, records and music scores. The museum is responsible for conserving, organizing, researching and documenting all these materials. In addition, there are also over 120 thousand photographs and a library of 35 thousand books and documents.

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The Mirpuri Foundation is a Patron of the National Theatre and Dance Museum, a museum that aims to educate the public about the history and current state of the performing arts in Portugal through its collections and archives.

Donation of two 20th century paintings (2018):

Recognizing the importance of art and culture, in 2018, the Mirpuri Foundation donated two 20th century paintings to the National Theatre and Dance Museum. The chosen pieces of art belonged to Russian painters Natalia Goncharova and Mikhail Larionov.

Restoration of Theatrical Machinery (2019):

The Mirpuri Foundation supported the restoration of theatrical machinery inspired by Gil Vicente’s production of “Romagem dos Agravados”, currently exhibited at the National Theatre and Dance Museum.

This intervention brought life to the theatre characters, preserving an important cultural landmark.

Update on patronage (2022):