Discover the Collection
The works from the Collection presented here are organised according to key periods in the history of Portugal, through the 20th century. This division also finds correspondence in the Collection’s current display. In “The Collection”, you can also discover the collection through different search options, such as by artist, year or typology.
The Modern Collection boasts more than ten thousand artworks. On this page, we offer different options for searching the Collection’s works, such as by artist or by type of artwork.
The Modern Collection includes a group of works dating from the late 19th and early 20th century.
Ditadura Militar and Estado Novo
In 1933, Portugal’s new political regime consolidated its power with the approval of a new Constitution.
The 1970s were marked by the military coup of 25 April 1974 that brought an end to the ‘Estado Novo’ dictatorship, which had governed Portugal since 1933.
From its origins, the Foundation aimed to promote Portuguese culture, making the Modern Collection the most significant collection of Portuguese modern art in the country.
Um pequeno núcleo de obras, que inclui pinturas, esculturas e gravuras de artistas de proveniência arménia, remete-nos para as origens de Calouste Gulbenkian.
The Modern Collection includes an important set of British works of art, with a strong presence of Pop Art, Gestural Abstraction and Constructivism.