“I was raised on art. That's what started all of this,” gallerist Duarte Sequeira tells me as we walk around his eponymous gallery and backyard. "All of this" is Duarte Sequeira Gallery, a sprawling landscape of rolling green hills, palm trees, maritime pines, and cork oaks.
25 acres in the suburbs of Braga (the third-largest city in Portugal), Duarte Sequeira Gallery is a beautiful art destination and where Sequeira was raised. The family home, a 19th-century farmhouse looms off to the side of the verdant grounds. In the center are a temple-like main gallery, a white-box warehouse, a sculpture park, and a restored farmhouse. The experience is an art paraíso in every way.
For two and a half decades, Mario and Paula Sequeira delighted Braga with artists like Julian, Opie, Andy Warhol, Richard Long, Gerhard Richter, and Sigmar Polke in their restored farmhouse and Carvalho Araújo-designed main exhibition space. It was the scene for culture luminaries, and son Duarte was milk-fed on it. His bedroom was decorated with Alex Katz and Opie paintings, and his childhood friends were international artists.
In 2019, Duarte took over the gallery, renaming it Duarte Sequeira Gallery and pushing one of Portugal’s most dominant galleries in a new direction. His reboot includes changing up the artist roster to include new names and adding a second exhibition space to showcase young and emerging artists. The warehouse, as it is called, is another Araújo white box and like the main gallery, it takes up a nominal presence by respectfully hiding in the verdant hills. Only a hint of the architecture is visible above ground, and the actual exhibition areas are underground.
Duarte opened the sculpture park to the public and is constantly evolving its landscape with new installations. Currently, the tree-filled park has two site-specific installations by Long, a monumental sculpture drawing by Opie, and work by Vanessa de Silva, Rui Chafes, and more.
On the far edge of the property is another restored farmhouse restored into a luxury residence and artist’s studio space. This is where German artist André Butzer and his sons have been living for a few months as he gets ready for his retrospective.
A visit to Duarte Sequeira is an art experience.360-degree art experience from its architecture and exhibitions to how you experience the art. Every opening, his parents host epic parties in the ground-level gallery of the farmhouse where they still live. With the backdrop of another Long site-specific installation, 100 or so guests and friends nibble on ovos moles, drink the Douro, and dance to Pimba, Pimba until the wee hours.
Sequeira’s reboot of the gallery expands out of property and Portugal. In 2022, the gallerist opened his
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While Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve are increasingly busy—perhaps even on the verge of being loved to death—the essence of Portugal is still alive in the laid-back region between the bustling capital and the famous southerly beaches. The Alentejo is the largest region of Portugal but also the least populated, with charming villages, living traditions, excellent gastronomy (both high and low), some of the country’s best wineries and dreamy places to stay. This is the soul of Portugal, and it’s seemingly tailor-made for slow travel. Here’s an opinionated guide to the best of the best.
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It’s time for the wine harvest in Tuscany and I am vexed. As a tenured Lazioi lover, I don’t want to like this region but it’s impossible not to be captivated by the gorgeous landscapes, tradition of hand picking and an incredible artistic heritage. Here’s a secret, Tuscany, known for its sundrenched vineyards, Medici villas and Michelangelo, is also home to innovative wineries that curate captivating collections of modern and contemporary art.
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