October 12, 2023

Atkinson Museum

Atkinson Museum extends Tate Collection “The Dynamic Eye: Beyond Opticaland Kinetic Art” exhibition until 19 November


Runninguntil 19th November, the exhibition "The Dynamic Eye: Beyond Optical and Kinetic Art" marks the start of an unprecedented partnership between the Atkinson Museum in Vila Nova de Gaia and the Tate. The exhibition brings together more than 100 works by 63 international artists dedicated to optical and kinetic art, and promises to please kids and adults alike over the coming months.


1st October 2023 - The newly opened Atkinson Museum is currently the third most visited space in the WOW Cultural District in Vila Nova de Gaia, all thanks to the exhibition"The Dynamic Eye: Beyond Optical and Kinetic Art". The group show, which brings together more than 100 works by 63 artists from the four corners of the world, marks not only the cultural agenda of the city of Porto, but also the start of the Atkinson Museum's partnership with the Tate.


"This unprecedented and international exhibition has made the Atkinson Museum one of our visitors' top three favourite spaces, along with The Wine Experience and Pink Palace museums. It's proof that optical and kinetic art, two parallel artistic movements that gained momentum during the 1950s and 1960s, can be accessible and democratic, arousing emotions and curiosity, leaving no-oneindifferent," explains Ricardo Almeida, WOW's Marketing Director.


With the mission of strengthening the connection between children and young people and the artistic world, the Atkinson Museum offers special prices for families and schools, as well as the organisation of guided tours or the possibility for youngsters to take part in the "Little Calders" workshop. In this activity, part of the educational programme designed for the exhibition,the little ones will have the opportunity to make their own mobile, inspired by Alexander Calder's sculpture "Antennae with Red and Blue Dots (1953), one of the pieces featured in the first room of the exhibition.


For an even more complete family or school experience, we also suggest lunch at PIP, a restaurant located in the WOW, with the ideal options for family meals. From pizzas to burgers, pasta or salads, PIP offersa meal that will please kids and adults alike, with the best view of the River Douro.


"The Dynamic Eye: Beyond Optical and Kinetic Art" features the largest number of works from the Tate Collection presented in Portugal and marks the beginning of an on going collaboration. Visitors are invited to discover the works of 63 international artists from 21 different countries, with very heterogeneous approaches and techniques, inciting the curiosity of the visitor, who becomes involved in a truly immersive exhibition. Rather than following a chronological order, this exhibition reframes optical and kinetic art as trends embraced by artists in different eras, geographies and cultural contexts.


Among the works included are recent acquisitions from the Tate Collection, such as Light Room (Jena), by Otto Piene, an evocative and sensory piece that literally immerses the viewer in a game of light and shadow, and Cybernetic Sculpture:Square, by Wen-Ying Tsai Tops, one of the pioneers of cybernetic and kinetic art. The exhibition also features a work by renowned contemporary artist Jim Lambie, whose psychedelic and colourful floors occupy the entrance to the Atkinson Museum. The exhibition "The Dynamic Eye: Beyond Optical and Kinetic Art" remains in Vila Nova de Gaia until 19 November and is curatedby Valentina Ravaglia, who is responsible for the Tate's international exhibition.


The individual ticket costs €15, while the family ticket (2 adults and 2 children,aged between 4 and 12) costs €35 and both have a 20 per cent discount for WOW Card members. The student ticket costs €10 and the same price also applies to students on educational visits for schools of any age, which can only be booked in advance.The guided tour and participation in the "Small Calders" workshop costs €15 and the exhibition can be visited every day, from Monday to Sunday, between 10am and 6pm. Bookings for the educational service can be made by e-mailing geral@atkinsonmuseum.com.



The Atkinson Museum, originally Atkinson House, was built in 1760 and quickly became a centrepiece of British involvement in the Port trade. Once owned by Robert Atkinson at the end of the 19th century and later acquired by the Fladgate Partnership, the century-old house has been carefully restored and modernised to international museum standards. Located in the heart of the cultural district, the Atkinson Museum has a vision of becoming an iconic setting for hosting exhibitions of international importance.



Tate's vision is to serve as one of the most artistically adventurous and culturally inclusive art museums for the UK and the world. Tate delivers this through activities in its four UK galleries (Tate Liverpool, Tate St Ives, Tate Britainand Tate Modern), its digital platforms and collaborations with national and international partners. At the heart of Tate is its art collection, which includes British art from the 16th century to the present day and international modern art from 1900 to the present day.