The MCS Madeira Drawings Collection began to be formed in the second half of 2002, an initiative taken by its founders, Rosana Rodrigues, who lives in Madeira and Luiz Augusto Teixeira de Freitas, a Brazilian lawyer and art collector based in Lisbon. The collection was since the beginning curated by Adriano Pedrosa, who has worked with private collections for several years, and who is currently the artistic director of MASP – Museu de Arte de São Paulo.
This collection focuses on contemporary drawing. This form of expression was chosen due to the significant resurgence and broad recognition that it has known over the last few years.
The main focus of the Madeira Drawings Collection is drawing produced over the past 10 years by artists born after 1960. This focus was used to define the development of the collection, enabling a rich and diverse spectrum.
A significant part of the collection is deposited at the Serralves Foundation in Oporto, a cultural institution with a major impact in contemporary Portuguese art, which has been integrating works of the MCS Madeira Drawings Collection in exhibitions at the Museum itself, frequently passing through other important institutions abroad.