The Modern Collection dates from the creation of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in 1956 and is considered to be the most complete collection of modern Portuguese art in the world. It is housed in a building located in the south of the garden, which was designed by the architect Sir Leslie Martin (1983). This collection also includes significant examples of twentieth-century British art. From Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso to Paula Rego and Vieira da Silva, the Modern Collection features some of the most internationally renowned Portuguese artists and continues to grow as contemporary works of art are added to it through donations and purchases.
About the Collection
Discover the history of the Modern Collection considered to be the most complete collection of modern Portuguese art, from the very first acquisitions, to the present day.
Acquisitions and donations
The current Modern Collection was officially created in 1983 but includes works of art acquired by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation since 1958. Discover more about the history of its constitution and its policy of acquisitions.
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