Quetzal Art Centre, a contemporary art exhibition space of 450 m², is situated in a historically rich region in the Alentejo, far away from the busy art world. The programme is intended to appeal to both a specialist audience and a broader, curious public. It is driven by a desire to test art’s purpose outside the traditional market place. Quetzal Art Centre exhibits diverse works by established international artists, or those from the recent past who have somehow escaped our attention, and enables them to have a dialogue with a younger generation of artists.
The founders of Quinta do Quetzal are the Dutch couple Cees and Inge de Bruin. They have been contemporary art collectors and patrons of culture for more than four decades.
Aveline de Bruin, their daughter, curates the exhibitions at the Quetzal Art Centre. The family collection, where she works as a curator, is the starting point for each exhibition. Aveline de Bruin: ‘I love my mother’s quote that collecting is like picking flowers in a field, and so my job is to arrange them together.’