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Centro de Arte Moderna

Rua Dr. Nicolau de Bettencourt, Lisbon, Portugal
21/795-02-41
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As featured in 3 days in Lisbon
Ranked #129 of 217 attractions in Lisbon
Type: Art Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Lisbon's premier permanent exhibition of modern art by such Portuguese artists as Souza-Cardosa, Paula Rego, Costa Pinheiro and Vierira da Silva, is... more » Owner description: Lisbon's premier permanent exhibition of modern art by such Portuguese artists as Souza-Cardosa, Paula Rego, Costa Pinheiro and Vierira da Silva, is housed in a splendid building near the Tagus River. « less
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Highland Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Located near the Calouste Gulbenkian Collection, it contains a very modern collection. There was an abstract expressionist exhibit featuring Arshile Gorky. Tulia Saldanha mixed media exhibit. A lot to think about.

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Aix-en-Provence, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Limited exhibition space and very little information available. The Gulbenkian park in which the museum sits is very pleasant, and obviously, the Gulbenkian museum itself makes it worth coming out here, but the CAM is borderline in interest.

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Surrey, UK
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

In early May 2014 we visited this "museum" after an excellent morning in the Calouste Gulbenkian close by. I'd describe myself as interested in most modern art, but this was worse than disappointing, the few exhibits were mostly banal and self-indulgent. Long queue at the cafe.

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Ilkeston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

CAM is set in the same beautiful gardens as the Calouste Gulbenkian Collection and Concert Hall but, except for its very popular café , is somewhat neglected. It deserves much greater appreciation and ought to be on art tourists – if not all visitors - itineraries. I gather there is a permanent collection, but when I visited only a fraction... More

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Edinburgh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Saw an advert for the exhibition of Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso (who I'd never heard of but looked interesting!) so headed to the CAM just before noon. Stopped off at the café first and was presently surprised by the variety of food on offer and the extremely reasonable prices. By the time I'd wandered round the gallery there was a queue... More

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Faro, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

The CAM (modern art centre) was a late addition to the Park in central Lisbon, where for many years the superb Gulbenkian Museum had been the only construction. I still remember the big controversy, decades ago. Basically on one end you had the extremely powerful Foundation and its the president (rightly so) stubbornly insisting on building the new centre in... More

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Milano
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

I was disappointed by this gallery - considering the entry fee is 5 euros, I was expecting there to be lots to see inside. However, it is very small and a lot of the space is taken up by a large collection by a Portuguese artist (sorry, can't remember the name!) whose work I really did not like - so... More

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

This large modern building (CAM) near the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian in northern Lisbon provides sufficient space for several most interesting temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary Portuguese and international art. When I visited, for example, there was an exhibition of Jorge Varanda's multi-dimensional paintings and video works, of Hans Albertz and his Portuguese forerunners and contemporaries, as well as shows... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

It's just one more small art gallery, with nothing special... That's beside Fundação Calouste Bulbenkian, so don't waste your time going there only to see the CAM

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London
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

If you are really into your modern art, then you probably ought to visit here. However, if you are just a casual tourist then this probably does not add a huge amount to your visit. There are a few famous works which were very interesting to see, but if you want just one dose of modern art in Lisbon then... More

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