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MAC - history

In the early 90`s, appeared in Lisbon art scene a new cultural space that opened doors at Rua do Sol ao Rato, 9 C. MAC - Contemporary Art Movement, still young institution, felt the need for a restructuring of its organic, responding with increased pedagogical efficiency and effectiveness to the public, away from the commercial element which initially characterized the gallery. In this mission we received support from several partners, including the protection and enhancement of names and references undisputed on Portuguese art scene. Encouraging the cultural creation and dissemination, we bet in sensitivity and artistic education, promoting quality, support an amendment allowing the access of citizens to culture. Count our journey is not only telling the story of those who were involved in our project, but also to make our public recognition to those who realized from the beginning and cooperated with us in order to promote Art as an engine of development, way of cultural and social cohesion, an essential qualification and lever of progress. Over time and through the ongoing activities of MAC, it was possible to gain a good place within the Arts and gather around the artists, with whom we work, an interested audience. The international dimension has begun to acquire increasing importance in MAC - which since its foundation develops projects in partnership with counterparts in other Portuguese speaking countries (Angola, Cabo Verde, Brazil, Guinea, etc.) - welcoming artists from these countries in our spaces, activities and programming. In the beginning of XXI century, projected to a new host dynamic of Arts and its different expressions, MAC has seen the opening of a new space in Avenida Álvares Cabral, 58-60, in Lisbon, as the consolidation of a tradition that we continue to nurture and maintain and that we hope in the future with the same standards of quality: a platform to strengthen dialogue between players and cultural institutions, so that we can register a constant development and healthy competition in the Portuguese Art, responding better and more effectively to the expectations of a public that is both increasingly aware and demanding. With the conquest of more public to the culture, creation and establishment of traditional and contemporary cultural habits and its articulation with practices and references from other places, MAC is now a vehicle for the recognition of a fundamental law that enshrines cultural democratization and the right to access and enjoyment of cultural goods.