The Casa do Cinema Manoel de Oliveira is a new centre of excellence for the cinema and the moving image, integrated within the spaces of the Serralves Foundation. In addition to a permanent exhibition, a documentation centre and film screenings that provide regular access to Manoel de Oliveira's oeuvre, the Casa do Cinema will present a programme of temporary exhibitions, thematic and monographic film series, retrospective, conferences, publications and educational programmes, through which it promotes different ways to approach contemporary cinema, within a broad reflection on the art of our epoch.
In conjunction with the Museum of Contemporary Art’s multidisciplinary approach, the Casa do Cinema’s activity reflects on the migration of the moving image between the gallery space and the cinema, testing different ways to present filmic materials in a museum context, in the era of proliferation of images across a wide array of different platforms, channels and technological devices. Through its partnership with other national and international institutions, combining research with a diversified programme aimed at all audiences, the Casa do Cinema aims to expand the unstable material of the cinema to an inexhaustible plurality of different kinds of cinema: films, artists, filmmakers, objects that project new perspectives on the past, while assuming a commitment with the present and critically anticipating the images of the future.
The Serralves Foundation’s 2008 exhibition marking the 100th birthday of Manoel de Oliveira was the starting point for signature, on April 20, 2009, of a protocol between the Foundation and the filmmaker. This document formalised the deposit of the extraordinary set of documentation collected by Oliveira over more than eighty years and defined the general guidelines for setting up the Casa do Cinema Manoel de Oliveira. The architect Álvaro Siza was invited to design a new building within the Foundation’s spaces and António Preto was asked to draw up the museum programme. The project was presented to the public on November 15, 2013, when a second protocol was signed, establishing the objectives, operation and structure of the Casa do Cinema, as well as its insertion within the Foundation’s organisational structure. Construction of the building and preparation of the opening programme began in January 2018.
The Casa de Cinema Manoel de Oliveira was inaugurated on June 24, 2019.