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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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I must say the whole Calouste Gulbenian Museum complex is definitely worth a visit but you can skip... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Zagreb, Croatia
Bad art.

Very uninteresting and very expensive for how small it is. The lady selling the tickets was not... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 25 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
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

As other reviewers have said this is a perfect museum and gallery - a wonderful combination of architecture and exhibits. The collection is someone's personal taste - beautifully shown and not too overpowering and without huge crowds. In my opinion the Lalique collection alone was...More

Thank Intrepidtravellers_8
Reviewed 17 April 2017

I went specifically to see Portugal's José de Almada Negreiros 'A Way of being Modern' exhibition. It's in the temporary exhibition space in the main and lower gallery and is packed full of great art. It was understandably popular although not too busy but is...More

Thank Gakeitse
Reviewed 14 April 2017

If you are in Lisbon, this is a must see museum. All of the artwork was collected by a wealthy Armenian who was kept safe during the war. The museum is easy to handle. Only select pieces from each place and era are on exhibit....More

Thank Steve S
Reviewed 2 April 2017

If you like antiquities don't miss this place! In many museums the antiquities on display have shown their age with damage and missing bits. Not so in the Gulbenkian! Clearly the money was there to buy the best and so almost all the exhibits were...More

Thank Equado
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

I never would have found this gem if a local hadn't recommended it. I took an uber from my hotel and spent the entire day here. The founder's collection itself is worth the trip, but that paired with the special exhibit (Jose de Almada Negreiros)...More

Thank Erin W
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