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Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

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Address: Rua Doutor Nicolau Bettencourt, Lisbon 1050-078, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 217 823 474
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Wed - Mon 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

The Modern Collection of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum might well be seen...

The Modern Collection of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum might well be seen to start where the Founder's Collection ends, and in more ways than one. After Gulbenkian's death in 1955 his Foundation was established, and almost immediately began to support a wide range of activities, notably in the field of visual arts, both in Portugal and abroad, notably in Britain and France, where Gulbenkian had lived, but also in the Middle East, where he had made his fortune. Even before there was any kind of permanent home for these works, the Foundation was acquiring pieces by scholarship holders, from the exhibitions it organised, and from its advisors, notably in London, through the British Council. In 1983 the Foundation opened a new building as a home for various contemporary art activities, and from this date began more systematically to acquire works by modern Portuguese artists. In this way the collection touches the end of the 19th century where the Founder's collection ends. The collection continues to grow, by purchase and by donation, and comprises c. 10.500 pieces, many of which are films and photographs, as well as drawings, which can be shown only rarely. With the new displays of the collection we intend to show more material, within a historical framework, but in rotation. In this way we can introduce modern Portuguese art to those who hardly know it, as well as those who know it well.

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Art/garden lovers stop

2-1 walk as its near the Museum Calouste Gulbankian; A beautiful museum with unique exhibitions including Rembrandt, VanDyke, Ruben, Rodin & exceptional Lalique glass jewelry... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 5, 2016
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Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When I was thinking of what to do on one of my last days in Lisbon in was between the Gulbenkian and something else (forgot now). One review of the Gulbenkian was a bit dismissive of the place, so I almost did not go. I am so very glad I did. The museum collection is like the greatest hits since... More 

Thank Tracie S
Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Following the 10 commandments of a well planned garden, Gulbenkian pulls this off with ease. Contrasting shades of light and color are reflected throughout the garden. The addition of flowing water adds a acoustic effect. A simple flowing design allows you to thoughtlessly amble throughout the entire short trail.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

2-1 walk as its near the Museum Calouste Gulbankian; A beautiful museum with unique exhibitions including Rembrandt, VanDyke, Ruben, Rodin & exceptional Lalique glass jewelry. Beautiful gardens connect the two & the Modern Art is a unique structure housing a eclectic set of interesting exhibitions & free on Sunday. Check first if your a Hockney fan, not always there😎

Thank Michael M
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

In the park landscape of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Brutalist building is designed almost as a flexible art-factory with an impressive flexible large main space and two floors of side galleries accessed by open lifts. It does not show modern art in the sense of the well-known masters such as Picasso but shows contemporary installations and other works and... More 

Thank Ian C
Ringwood, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

Our recent guide book told us they were closed Monday so we drove for an hour to get to the Gulbenkian on a Tuesday only to find it is now closed Tuesday's BEWARE

Thank walkingmox
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016

Decent selection of contemporary modern artist works scattered around various buildings and grounds. Not too big so go on a free day as you will probably not spend too much time there.

Thank PA-Single-Malt
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2016

I enjoyed my visit to the CENTRO DE ARTE MODERNA and the wonderful natural gardens designed 1960-1970.Not as spectacular as Gulbenkian museum it still is a wonderful attraction for those interested in art.free on sunday.

Thank bas k
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Would also agree that it was "challenging" though was good to have gone. Some interesting pieces and other stuff that was just a bit too out there.... Great setting and structure though

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

It has the usual large number of pieces from the museum's pemanent collection, which rotate permanently and are interesting, but not sufficient to justify a visit by themselves. It also has until march 2016 an exhibition of Hein Semke, a german painter who lived most of his life in Portugal, through a display of a very large and recent donation... More 

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Valladolid, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

I visited this museum after visiting the Calouste Gulbenkian Collection, as it was Sunday and had free entrance also. Maybe it is because I don´t understand much about modern art, but there were no many interesting pieces, and it even looked worse comparing it with the excellent collection I had visited previously. Otherwise the building looked quite appropiate for an... More 

Thank JesLon

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