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:

[dropcap]1[/dropcap]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.

[dropcap]2[/dropcap]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.

[dropcap]3[/dropcap]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.

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

[dropcap]5[/dropcap]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 http://moa.ubc.ca for more information.