Museu de São Roque
Largo Trindade Coelho
1200-470 Lisboa
Tue-Sun 10:00–18:00
(Thu 14:00–21:00)
Closed Monday

Antigo Convento da Trindade
Rua Nova da Trindade, 20
1200-018 Lisboa
Tue–Sun 10:00–20:00
Closed Monday

Museu Arqueológico do Carmo
Largo do Carmo
1200-092 Lisboa
Mon-Sat 10:00–18:00
Closed Sunday

Lounging Space
Antigo Tribunal da Boa-Hora
Largo da Boa-Hora, 13
1200-062 Lisboa
Sun–Wed 10:00–22:00
Thu–Sat, eve of Public Holiday 10:00–02:00
The Sidelines exhibition juxtaposes the subjective value of personal passions and collections, and the acknowledged importance of cultural institutions’ official collections. We propose you start this programme at Museu de São Roque, one of the host museums, in Largo Trindade Coelho – also known as Largo da Misericórdia and/or Largo do Cauteleiro. In it, we find the stunning and richly decorated São Roque Church, annexed to the Museum that holds the Treasure of S. John Baptist’s Chapel in its estate.

Still at the Largo, we recommend you visit the used and antique books stores, such as the Olisipo bookstore stocking prints, maps and books from the 16th century onwards, plus O Mundo do Livro, a mini-museum dedicated to the art of engraving, established in 1941. →
On the route to the Fernando Brízio: Inhabited Designs exhibition, at Rua Nova da Trindade, take a gander at Livraria Padrão on the entrance stairway of Academia de Amadores de Música and Livraria Barateira Ldª, occupying two rooms from the old Convento da Trindade.

Go up to the first floor, and come into Fernando Brízio: Inhabited Designs, the first retrospective of the most significant Portuguese designer today. This anthological exhibition covers the vastness of his work since 1993, presenting a number of projects in different states of development and the respective creative process, but also details from his personal background, documental interviews, films that inspire him and a diversity of books. →
We suggest a break at Royale Café before you go on to Museu Arqueológico do Carmo, the first Portuguese Art and Architecture museum, set in the old Igreja do Carmo’s ruins, where you may see another Sidelines collection. →
Finishe the day at Antigo Tribunal da Boa-Hora, EXD’11/Lisboa’s Lounging Space, a venue abuzz with energy and creativity non stop. This hotspot combines Cafetaria Bicaense café; EXD’11 Store; 2 Multipurpose Rooms and innumerous Tangents, making it a space to rediscover daily throughout the Biennale. ×


Museu das Artes Decorativas Portuguesas
Largo das Portas do Sol, 2
1100-411 Lisboa
Closed Tuesday

Museu do Teatro Romano
Pátio do Aljube, 5
1100-059 Lisboa
10:00–13:00 14:00–18:00
Closed Monday Holidays

Rua Augusta, 24
1100-053 Lisboa
Tue–Sun 10:00–18:00
Last admission 45 minutes before closing time
Closed Monday

Praça da Figueira
1100 Lisboa
Every day 00:00–24:00
The Sidelines exhibition proposes an itinerary through lesser-known institutions and collections in Lisbon, a revisitation of the act of collecting: the instincts at the core of the scrupulous search, sorting and assembling of particular objects and the importance of that practice for a collective construction of knowledge.

So, we propose you start the visit traveling through the Portuguese Decorative Arts, from XV to the XIX centuries, and rediscover the two Sidelines collections in the Museu das Artes Decorativas Portuguesas estate. →
Following the 28 tram line, at the Castelo de São Jorge hill, the Museu do Teatro Romano, a stunning vestige of the intense Romanization of the city of Felicitas Iulia Olisipo, built in the early 1st century, hosts another Sidelines exhibition section.

Just down the road, go into Sé Catedral de Lisboa, one of the Capital’s most emblematic churches, and take a break at the Cruzes Credo Caffé, just across the street from the Sé, situated in an old scale shop. →
Descend towards the 18th century post-earthquake downtown area of Baixa Pombalina and, at the beginning of Rua Augusta, go into MUDE to see the Useless? exhibition, with its dual curatorial approaches introducing alternative scales of value to gauge utility or lack thereof.

The curatorial nucleus “Useless? An Exploded View” defies each visitor to draw their definition of “useless”. On the other hand, “Useless? The Wandering Pain” focuses on an incisive critic of the market economy and its constraining effects in material production, as well as the definition of what is useful.

You may still see one of the Tangent projects, Introspective, a showing of Portuguese designer Filipe Alarcão’s work, and the special project “Design is Dead! Long live Design!”. →
Wander through the streets of Baixa, walking by the Santa Justa elevator and finish this itinerary at the oldest confectionery in Portugal, Confeitaria Nacional. ×


Fundação Arpad Szènes-Vieira da Silva
Praça das Amoreiras, 56
1250-020 Lisboa
Wed–Mon 10:00–18:00
Closed Tuesday and Holidays

Museu da Mãe d’Água
Travessa das Amoreiras, 10
1250-020 Lisboa
Mon–Sat 10:00–18:00
Closed Sunday and Holidays

Museu Geológico
Rua Academia das Ciências, 19 2
1249-280 Lisboa
Closed Sun Mon

Biblioteca Camões
Largo do Calhariz, 17 2E
1200-086 Lisboa
Closed 1st and 3rd Sat, 1st and 3rd Mon p/month, Sun and Holidays

Museu de Farmácia
Rua Marechal Saldanha, 1
1249-069 Lisboa
Closed Sat Sun
Fundação Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva and Mãe d’Água das Amoreiras, located in a historical working class Lisbon neighborhood, hosts the Utilitas Interrupta exhibition. Examining sixteen case studies of infrastructures that for various reasons never fulfilled their ambitious goals, it shows projects once celebrated and now forgotten, remaining hidden in plain sight, magically erased from collective conscience despite their abyssal proportions. →
Proceed towards Largo do Rato, a crossroads of a number of routes, and go up Rua da Escola Politécnica, where a number of historic buildings stand out: stately homes and palaces, schools and historical factories, the city’s unique architecture.

We suggest you purchase some local sweet specialties from one of the typical cafés on this street and have a picnic at the Botanical Garden.

Resuming the biennale programme, visit three of the Sidelines venues close by. Start with Museu Geológico, considered a “Museum of Museums” by experts. →
Descending Rua do Século towards Biblioteca Municipal Camões, housed in a historical Palace with richly decorated rooms, continue on your path through the religious and civil architecture of the capital, amidst Convents, Churches, Hermitages, Palaces and Fountains. →
Make your way to Museu da Farmácia, where you may see authentic pharmacies and pharmaceutical items from the Egyptian times to the 18th century “botica” or the early 20th Farmácia Liberal, among which another Sidelines collection is displayed.

We suggest you finish the day at Noobai bar, in the terrace overlooking Lisbon and the south bank. ×