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Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Modern Collection

Rua Doutor Nicolau Bettencourt, Lisbon 1050-078, Portugal
+351 21 782 3000
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Whilst the write up might lead you to believe this is a top ten attraction, we found it... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Derby, United Kingdom
For modern portuguese art lovers

Interesting building that hosts a collection of main modern portuguese artists. Not much fond of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Parma, Italy
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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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Rua Doutor Nicolau Bettencourt, Lisbon 1050-078, Portugal
+351 21 782 3000
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whilst the write up might lead you to believe this is a top ten attraction, we found it underwhelming and worth of just a few hours. Not the main attraction you might expect, so consider it not the main event of a day out, to...More

Thank MauiBuilt2011
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting building that hosts a collection of main modern portuguese artists. Not much fond of them, but happy to have joined the visit to the Gulbenkian collection and this one. Nice cafe to have brunch.

Thank paolomaier
Reviewed 21 September 2017

Do not miss the Lalique collection. Absolutely beautiful. Having said that, the museum has an interesting collection of painting, sculpture, tapestry, and furniture. Check for special exhibitions and concerts. The gardens are pleasant and the cafe is quite good, although busy. A short walk from...More

Thank Juliana K
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

I bought a ticket for this collection along with the founder's collection and visited it right after. I was rather disappointed. The building itself already isn't as inviting as the other building, but the selection of art shown here is just terrible. I enjoy modern...More

Thank André F
Reviewed 26 August 2017

The Museum is located within a large beautifully landscaped park, complete with ponds, streams, open areas, paved paths and many ducks of various kinds. The Art collection is impressive and wonderfully displayed and explanations are also done in English as well as Portuguese. We learned...More

Thank RICK B
Reviewed 27 July 2017

I must say the whole Calouste Gulbenian Museum complex is definitely worth a visit but you can skip the Modern collection, even if you are a modern art lover. Go see Berardo collection in Belem instead.

Thank Bruno_Croatia
Reviewed 22 July 2017

Very uninteresting and very expensive for how small it is. The lady selling the tickets was not pleasant and most of the art was bad.

Thank Bogdan G
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

I read the Guardian's review of this and went for a morning of culture with my partner. Our favourite part was the original collection, with masterpieces of porcelain European and oriental art. The gardens include a performance space with many free concerts.

Thank Matthew H
Reviewed 26 June 2017

It's just a short walk from the metro station. There is a great restaurant on the ground floor of the museum. Tons of selection, Great quality and prices. The museum has a little bit of everything; bronze sculptures, marble statues, paintings, tapestries, rugs, Chinese pottery,...More

Thank travelmore2day
Reviewed 15 June 2017

Once I had found the way in to this site I was overwhelmed by what was on offer; art, architcture, gardens, food. I started with the modern section which has a fascinating three part exhibition charting Portugal through the twentieth century. The time line on...More

Thank Janekdownunder
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