The Gulbenkian Museum houses two collections, The Founder’s Collection and The Modern Collection, in two separate buildings at the same location. Together, their holdings span millennia, from ancient history to contemporary times.
The Founder’s Collection
Calouste Gulbenkian’s original private collection is one of the most impressive in the world–so much so that London, Washington D.C., and Paris all vied for the opportunity to house it. Over 6,000 items in the collection include paintings, prints, coins, ceramics and sculpture from across the world, including Europe and Asia, Egyptian Roman, Greek and Islamic art. Notable pieces include a stunning Egyptian gold mask, works by Houdon, Rembrandt, Monet, Renoir, and Van Dyck, and rare Chinese porcelain and Japanese.
The Modern Collection
Opened in 1983, the Modern Collection takes up where Gulbenkian’s collection left off. Modern and Contempary Art from the late 20th century onward features major Portuguese modernists,Dali, Ernst, Man Ray, as well as Picasso, Matisse, Miró and Hockney, to name just a few.