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Inrō (detail). Japan,18th–19th centuries. Lacquer. Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

This informal collaboration between the Museum and the Portuguese Quantum Institute (Instituto Superior Técnico) reveals the potential of Quantum Physics and its scientific techniques in analysing and understanding the works of art of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum.

Starting on World Quantum Day, 7 April 2022, a selection of works of art in the Far East Gallery will be subjected to specific analyses to provide information to visitors. Throughout this period, thematic visits and activities will be held in the Museum. The results of the analyses of selected artworks will be shared on World Quantum Day in 2023.

Visit the Far East Gallery and learn more about this project!


Updated on 19 april 2022

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