The largest collection of its kind in North America, Heaven, Hell & Somewhere In Between is a powerful compilation of popular Portuguese artworks. The exhibition, opening at the Museum of Anthropology this month, will showcase an eclectic mix of work from of a passing generation of artists, and that of young urban graffiti artists working today. Here are five reasons we think you should go:

1. British Columbia is home to the third largest Portuguese population in Canada – specifically in Vancouver and Kitimat – and yet Portuguese culture and artistry is sadly underrepresented in cultural spaces in our province.

2. The Museum of Anthropology’s Audain Gallery will undergo a total transformation into a visually stunning display that fuses high tech components with industrial and textural elements, inspired from Portugal’s long maritime history.

3. Visitors will enjoy an eclectic mix of artworks, including of urban graffiti and mural paintings combined with popular rural creations: puppets, figurines, carnival masks, ceramics, and more.

4. The works were collected for the Museum of Anthropology between 2009 – 2012, with most coming directly from the artists themselves.

5. The artworks will be presented in three thematic parts: Heaven and its saintly minions; Hell, crammed with devils, masks, and mythological creatures; and Portugal as the Place In Between, which is wrapped in diverse historical cultural layers and haunted by the beliefs from past eras.

Heaven, Hell & Somewhere In Between opens at the Museum of Anthropology (6393 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver) at the University of British Columbia on May 12 through October 12. Visit for more information.