4 January 2021

The exhibitions for 2021

A historical look into the modern and contemporary collection of the Foundation, a unique encounter between Jorge Queiroz and Arshile Gorky, Visions of Dante or a grand exhibition on Hergé are some of the exhibitions for 2021.

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s Modern and Contemporary Art: stories of a collection
5 Mar – 23 Aug 2021

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation will be presenting, from the 5th of March to the 23rd of August, the exhibition Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s Modern and Contemporary Art: stories of a collection. The exhibition will focus on the acquisitions made by the Foundation throughout the years and highlight the key-moments as well as the artistic and historical circumstances that turned CAM (Gulbenkian Centre of Modern Art) into a unique internationally recognized collection featuring the big names of Portuguese modern and contemporary art. The collection began to be built in the 50’s with the intent of integrating temporary travelling exhibitions in Portugal and elsewhere, it has its own building since 1983 and is made up of about 12 000 works of art. The curators of this exhibition are Ana Vasconcelos, Leonor Nazaré, Patrícia Rosas and Rita Fabiana.


Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, 'Untitled' (Coty), 1917. Sand, Glass, Paper, Canvas, Oil, Glue and Mirror Oil and Collage.

Jorge Queiroz and Arshile Gorky
5 Mar– 31 May 2021

Between the 5th of March and the 31st of May, the works of two singular artists will come together – Jorge Queiroz and Arshile Gorky – in the Gallery of the bottom floor of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum. Jorge Queiroz (Lisbon, 1966) is the author of one of the most fascinating artistic universes of contemporary Portuguese art and Arshile Gorky (Khorkom, Armenia, b. 1904 – Sherman, Connecticut, 1948) is considered to be the «father» of the post-war American abstract expressionism and a fundamental reference of western art of the first half of the 20th century. The curatorship is made by Ana Vasconcelos.


Jorge Queiroz, 'Something in common 2', 2015. ©Jorge Queiroz, courtesy of the artist and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris/Brussels


Hugo Canoilas
2 Jul –  27 Sep 2021

Hugo Canoilas (Lisbon, 1977) will be presenting a project which was conceived specially for the temporary gallery of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum as a result of an investigation he began in 2020 about the bottom of the ocean and the primitive organisms that inhabit it. The artist, who currently lives in Vienna, made an intense sensory installation which is inhabited by sculpture-paintings, «new forms of life» that come to be through colour and texture. Their fluidity brings them closer to their alchemical nature, as if, before our eyes, they undergo a metamorphosis. The exhibition, curated by Rita Fabiana, will take place on the bottom floor of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum between the 2nd of July and the 27th of September 2021.


Visions of Dante. The Inferno according to Botticelli
23 Sep – 27 Nov 2021

As a part of the celebrations of the 700 years since the death of Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) the Gallery of the Renaissance will feature Visions of Dante. The Inferno according to Botticelli between the 23rd of September and the 27th of November. This exhibition will present two exceptional drawings on parchment referring to the «Inferno» of the Divine Comedy made by Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510), but also two manuscripts by Jacopo della Lana and Boccaccio, courtesy of the Vatican Library. The exhibition will also feature a copy of Dante’s manuscript, property of the Portuguese National Library, which belonged to Frei Manuel do Cenáculo, as well as other works of art from the collection of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. On display there will also be a sculpture and drawings by Rui Chafes which make reference to Dante’s Inferno. The curatorship is made by João Carvalho Dias.


7 Oct 2021 – 10 Jan 2022

The Main gallery of the Head Office will host Hergé, an exhibition that gathers an important selection of documents, drawings and works of art created by the notorious author of Tintin, between the 7th of October 2021 and the 10th of January 2022. It was presented to the public for the first time at the Grand Palais, in Paris, and organized in collaboration with the Hergé Museum at Louvain-la-Neuve. The exhibition reveals many sides of the artist who became a reference and worked across several fields other than comic book art and illustration such as advertising, press, fashion design and plastic arts. For the fans and everyone in general, this will be a unique opportunity to discover the treasures of the Hergé studios: original strips, paintings, pictures and documents belonging to the archives.


Morder o Pó by Fernão Cruz
22 Oct 2021 – 17 Jan 2022

The Museum will also host the first individual exhibition, in an institutional context, by Fernão Cruz (Lisbon, 1995), a young artist who has been formulating in his own way a question as old as mankind and which concerns death. Painting is usually, for him, a realm of fiction elevated by humour and by expansive gestures but in this project, Morder o pó, he opens a door to another dimension: a narrow passage and a dark place where sculpture is free falling into an unfathomable abyss. The curatorship is made by Leonor Nazaré and the exhibition will take place from the 22nd of October 2021 to the 17th of January 2022 in the gallery of the bottom floor of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum.


All I Want – Portuguese Women Artists from 1900 to 2020
25 Feb – 23 May 2021, BOZAR, Brussels
2022, Centre de création contemporaine  Olivier Debré, Tours
End 2022 – 2023, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Aurélia de Souza (1866-1922), 'Self portrait', 1900. Oil on canvas. Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis, Porto. ©MNSR/DGPC/ADF/Manuel Palma
Helena Almeida (1934-2018), 'A casa', 1979. Positive gelatin silver proof in black and white and blue acrylic paint. Ar.Co - Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual. © Courtesy Ar.Co

The exhibition All I Want – Portuguese Women Artists from 1900 to 2020 will take place with the support of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and in the context of the Portuguese presidency of the European Union. The self-portrait by Aurélia de Souza (painted in 1900) is the starting point of a selection of the works of many other female Portuguese artists that will be featured to promote a reflection about artistic creation which was dominated by men for many centuries. It includes the works of 41 notorious artists like Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Lourdes Castro, Paula Rego, Ana Vieira, Salette Tavares, Helena Almeida, Joana Vasconcelos, Maria José Oliveira, among many others. The works of art come from public and private collections and include paintings, sculptures, drawings, objects, books, installations, film and video.

The curatorship is made by Helena de Freitas and Bruno Marchand. The exhibition will be presented at BOZAR, in Brussels, from the 25th of February to the 23rd of May 2021, and at the Centre de création contemporaine Olivier Debré, in Tours, in 2022, as a part of the general programme of the Saison France-Portugal and finally, in 2022-2023, in the Main Gallery of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.