Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon
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The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is a Portuguese museum in the civil parish of Avenidas Novas, in the municipality of Lisbon. Founded in conformity with Calouste Gulbenkian's last will and testament, the museum accommodates the art collection of the similarly-named Foundation, that includes ancient and, some, modern art.HistoryVasco Maria Eugénio de Almeida acquired part of the Parque de Santa Gertrudes, on April 1957, for the construction of the Foundation buildings and public/private park. Two years later, a competition was launched for a project to construct the organization's headquarters. It was eventually won by the team that included architects Alberto J. Pessoa, Pedro Cid and Ruy Jervis d'Athouguia (1917-2006), in addition to the landscaping architects António Viana Barreto and Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles, who were responsible for designing the park surrounding the building.Later, Francisco Caetano Keil do Amaral was added to the team, as a consultant, and Frederico Henrique George joined the team working on the building.In December 1961, the anterior project of the park was begun, while work on the earthworks and retaining walls beginning the following year. A sculpture panel was installed in the headquarters building by architect Artur Rosa in 1962. By 1967, the interior finishing were adjudicated, with the project concluded in 1968. On 2 October 1969, the buildings and gardens were inaugurated.The 12th International Federation of Landscaping Architects Congress was held in September 1970 on the grounds of the Gulbenkian Foundation. In 1975, the property was distinguished with the Valmor Prize.
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  • Each time in Lisbon will happily come here. The Museum is small but has a unique Exposition. Firstly, the identity itself is interesting, the Gulbenkian Foundation with a human Tycoon flair for masterpieces. Galleries are arranged in chronological and geographical order: antique and Oriental art and European paintings and furnishings. A beautiful collection of Persian carpets, a large collection of Chinese porcelain. Among the canvases by Rembrandt, portrait of an old man "stands out" and "portrait of Helena Fourmen". French furniture collection is Louis items 14 and 16, some items are made for the monarchs. A room is dedicated to the works of Venetian artists with views of their city. The last room of the Museum is a small room where collected the work of René Lalique. Gulbenkian was a close friend of Lalique and many masterpieces being bought personally at the masters.
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  • Situated in the San Sebastián area of Lisbon and set in gardens two strange and drab buildings can be found. One houses the modern art whilst the other has ancient art including Egyptian, Roman, Asian...  more »
  • There are two Gulbenkian museums on this site and the one dedicated to modern art is generally the less visited. We came upon it on a day when the permanent collections were closed and only the exhibi...  more »
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  • Just tremendous. From ancient Assyrian alabaster reliefs to modern sculpture with everything in between. Well constructed collection with little filler and some fantastic works given the space they need. If it was possible to describe this place in words we wouldn't need art! Blown away by this
  • Donated to Portugal by Calouste Gulbenkian for granting him amnesty during WW2, this collection contains select pieces from five thousand years of human history. Designed to flow through its entirety with ease unlike some museums. Great collection. Easily the best museum in Lisbon Great gardens as well
  • Free on Sunday after 14:00. You will find a very nice collection of old and modern art in two nice modern buildings. The collector seemed to have a good taste because he only collected the best of the best from all ages.
  • Gulbenkian is a center for art, culture, science and all fantastic artistic expositions and traditional and classic music concerts. Very unique building and landscape design . Very calm and full of peace place. A must see place. I highly recommend.
  • Great museum. Sadly visited on a day when there were groups of school children and their teachers who monopolised art works, in particularly the whole Rene Lalique room making it almost impossible for other visitors to view the works.