History of acquisitions and donations

The Modern Collection was officially constituted in 1983 but includes works of art acquired by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation since 1958. The first annual report, published in 1957, refers to the creation of a specific fund for the acquisition of up to twelve works of art per year. The first acquisitions of works by 20th-century artists were made in January 1958, following the First Exhibition of Fine Arts held at the National Society of Fine Arts (SNBA – Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes) in Lisbon.