A Collection of Stories

The Founder's Collection gathers more than 6000 pieces acquired by Calouste Gulbenkian between the end of the 19th century and mid-20th century.

Coming from very different origins, these works travelled for different places, from Africa to Asia, from Europe to America, going through the hands of several owners, some of whom illustrious names in history.


Visiting the Founder’s Collection is like opening a storybook,that can be read from different perspectives. Throughout this year, we will unveil weekly narratives within the collection, from curiosities about the conception and acquisition of the works of art, tales about their authors and previous owners and stories about their protagonists.