Past exhibitions

Sculpture on Screen. The Very Impress of the Object

Sculpture on Screen. The Very Impress of the Object

This exhibition explores the fascination that classical sculpture has held for large numbers of contemporary filmmakers and artists, a fascination which also reflects an apparent contradiction: why is it that contemporary artists working with moving images are so interested in the absolute immobility embodied in classical sculpture?

Helmut Federle Abstract matter (paintings and ceramics)

Helmut Federle Abstract matter (paintings and ceramics)

The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is preparing an exhibition on the work and collections of the 17th century Moroccan and Japanese ceramics of the Swiss painter Helmut Federle, which will be placed in dialogue with the Museum’s Islamic art ceramics, both in the space of the Islamic art Hall, at the permanent exhibition, as in the Lower Gallery.

Emily Wardill. Matt Black and Rat

Emily Wardill. Matt Black and Rat

Matt Black and Rat presents recent work by artist Emily Wardill (1977, UK), who has lived and worked in Lisbon since 2014. Produced in collaboration with the Bergen Kunsthall, the exhibition presents two new films, a new series of sculptures-reliefs and an original set of rayograms.

Eid al-Fitr. Breaking the fast

Eid al-Fitr. Breaking the fast

In 2017, the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum presents two installation-interventions in the Gallery of Islamic Art – Founder’s Collection, each based on a celebration of great symbolic significance in the Islamic world.

José de Almada Negreiros: a way of being modern

José de Almada Negreiros: a way of being modern

The exhibition presents a body of work that reflects the complex, experimental, paradoxical and hybrid condition of modernity. Almada’s paintings and drawings are closely linked to the work he did in collaboration with architects, writers, publishers, musicians, set designers and stage directors. This selection also testifies to the importance of film and the persistence of the graphic narrative.

Manuela Marques and Versailles. The hidden face of the sun

Manuela Marques and Versailles. The hidden face of the sun

The Lower Floor Gallery of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum hosts the first public exhibition of a group of photographs made by the artist Manuela Marques over several months at Versailles. Wandering around the palace.

Tamás Kaszás. Joy of Surviving

Tamás Kaszás. Joy of Surviving

The exhibition brings together a group of works that, departing from an imminent scenario of ecological and economic collapse, gives rise to the creation of a fiction of an alternative future, built on the values of imagination, collaboration, self-sufficiency, and the recovery and reinterpretation of an ancestral popular science.

Noruz, Feasting in Spring

Noruz, Feasting in Spring

The exhibition “Noruz, Feasting in Spring” is included in the “New Year’s Celebrations: Islamic Art in the Gulbenkian Museum”, a larger initiative that includes another exhibition opening in June.

«Third Floor» by Luciana Fina

«Third Floor» by Luciana Fina

“Na kal lingu ke n na skirbi ña diklarasons di amor?” (Odete Semedo). Which language shall we use to tell the stories we have been told? In which language shall we write a declaration of love?

António Ole. Luanda, Los Angeles, Lisboa

António Ole. Luanda, Los Angeles, Lisboa

Retrospective exhibition examines the work of António Ole, who has been a guiding figure for an entire generation of contemporary Angolan artists.

The Shape of Plain

The Shape of Plain

The Shape of Plain examines the impact of history of art on artistic and architectural practices through the work of American art historian, George Kubler.

Lines of Time. The Gulbenkian Collections. Contemporary Paths

Lines of Time. The Gulbenkian Collections. Contemporary Paths

From that date, this exhibition takes us back 60 years to 1896 and guides us up to the present day, providing a space for dialogues and links between two collections: the collection acquired by Calouste S. Gulbenkian up to 1955 and the Modern Collection, comprised of works ranging from the 20th century to the current day.

Building Site

Building Site

Just as the forms of architecture determine the organization of building sites, so technology and economy organize methods of production – with a significant social impact. These conditions constrict and stimulate architectural conception.

I do not evolve, I travel. José Escada Retrospective

I do not evolve, I travel. José Escada Retrospective

The Modern Collection presents the first retrospective exhibition devoted to the painter José Escada (Lisbon, 1934 – 1980). This exhibition shines a spotlight on an artist who produced a highly unique body of work that continuously oscillated from abstraction to figuration, and moved between painting, drawing, collage, cut-out reliefs and illustration, as well as painted and sgraffito murals.

Summer Guests

Summer Guests

Summer Guests brings contemporary artists to the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum proposing new exhibition contexts that highlight crosscutting and unexpected relationships, and formal or conceptual proximity of works from different eras.

Kum Kapi. Travelling Carpets

Kum Kapi. Travelling Carpets

Kum Kapi carpets owe their name to a district of Istanbul where, in the 19th century, various Armenian master carpet makers settled to create their rich knotted carpets of silk, with metal threads, inspired by the classic Persian carpets of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Molière: The Staging of Writing

Molière: The Staging of Writing

The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum once again celebrates World Book and Copyright Day by highlighting, this year, the work of one of the greatest playwrights of all time – Jean Baptiste Poquelin (1622-1673), better known by the name Molière.

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