- Type: Art Museums/Galleries
NileGuide Expert Says:
The exhibition is presented absolutely free - one of the best bargains in town!
- A magnet for modern and contemporary art buffs, this internationally renowned museum houses part of the private collection of multi-millionaire Portuguese entrepreneur José Berardo. It brings together some of the most important and influential names in abstract, surrealist and pop art from the last 100 years. Emerging 21st-century talent is also well represented. Picasso's Tête de Femme from 1909 is the earliest work on show. Other celebrated works number Andy Warhol's ruby-lipped Judy Garland, Francis Bacon's enigmatic Oedipus and the Sphinx, after Ingres and Roy Lichtenstein's comic book style Interior with Restful Painting. Marcel Duchamp, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollack, Man Ray, David Hockney, Fernando Botero and Paula Rego are among the other 500 artists on show. The gallery is housed within the Centro Cultural de Belém and is absolutely free to enter. Note that works can be removed to make room for temporary exhibition space or sometimes withdrawn indefinitely from public view. © NileGuide2011
Portuguese magnate Joe Berardo established this museum after being persuaded by the government. Although other major cities were interested in providing a space for his esteemed collection, the museum eventually landed up in Lisbon. The museum features the best in contemporary and modern art and you can find works of legends like Picasso and Bacon hang on the walls. Overlooking the River Tagus, one couldn't have found a more scenic setting to host the brilliance inscribed on canvas. The museum hosts various events throughout the year attracting enthusiasts from world over. Please check the website for exact visiting hours.
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