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Spotlight on

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, ESMoA

and Esker Foundation


13 May 2021
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This month we will shine a spotlight on our members Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Portugal), ESMoA (USA) and Esker Foundation(Canada).
Over the next two weeks, we will share with you insights into these outstanding organisations. Stay tuned to our website and social media.

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, (Portugal)


The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation was created in 1956 by the last will and testament of Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian

Established in perpetuity, the Foundation’s main purpose is to improve the quality of life through art, charity, science and education.

The Foundation has a museum, which houses the Founder’s private collection, alongside a collection of modern and contemporary art; an orchestra and a choir; an art library and archive; a scientific research institute; and a garden, in a central area of the city of Lisbon, where educational activities also take place.

In conjunction with cultural activities, the Foundation fulfills its mission through innovative programmes that develop pilot projects and support, by providing scholarships and grants for other institutions and social organisations.

For the period 2018-2022, the three priority areas are – social cohesion and integration, sustainability and knowledge – which are reflected across the whole intervention strategy.




 Founder’s Collection

Travel through 5.000 years of History and discover the collection amassed by Calouste Gulbenkian, one of the most important provaite collections of international art.


The Lalique Room

Opens on the 18 May. The collection by René Lalique, which Calouste Gulbenkian purchased directly from the artist, is considered to be unique in the world for its quality and quantity.


Museum online Through virtual tours, photographs and films, but also through new readings and through the eyes of the curators, experience both a panoramic and a more detailed view of the works in the collection



Follow Calouste Gulbenkian Museum on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.




ESMoA is an art laboratory located in El Segundo, California and it is run by artlab21 Foundation.
“Our mission is to Spread the Spark of Creativity through the display and education of visual arts. ESMoA functions as a catalyst for creative thinking offering unique Experiences. The Experiences – our word for exhibition/exhibit – present a variety of media, including sculpture, painting, works on paper, performances, and photography”.
ESMoA believes that art is a state of mind that can open all your senses. So come and experience it for yourself.
Artist Cole Sternberg will conceive and enact an agitprop public movement via exhibition, dedicated website and propaganda factory that conjures into conceptual existence The Free Republic of California. On view until September 18, 2021. Read more here…
The goal of the residency is to provide an experimental space for artists to create original artwork, performance, or composition and to engage with ESMoA audiences.
One of the core values of ESMoA is to serve El Segundo and the Los Angeles area through programs within the community and on-site.
El Segundo for Black Lives and ESMoA invite you for a virtual screening of Black in Mayberry, a 1-hour feature-length film featuring Black residents, professionals, students, and visitors to El Segundo.
Follow ESMoA on InstagramTwitter and Facebook.

Esker Foundation (Canada)

Founded in 2012 by Jim and Susan Hill, Esker Foundation is a non-profit contemporary art gallery located in Calgary, Alberta. Esker presents and promotes contemporary visual arts exhibitions, engaging and accessible educational programs, print and online publications, and supports new artistic production and presentation through the Esker Foundation Commission Fund.
Louise Bourgeois: What is the Shape of This Problem, From the Collections of
Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation
This exhibition includes 119 works with a focus on prints, textiles, and a series of eight holograms, ranging in date from the 1940s to the early 2000s.
January 23 – June 26, 2021. View online here…
Until 26 June, 2021
Chris Curreri’s photographic and sculptural works complicate and dissolve seemingly dichotomous states of tenderness and violence; abjection and beauty; seduction and revulsion; self and other.
Until 26 June, 2021
An Appeal to Heaven presents recent works in carved stone and stained glass that, through paradoxical relationships between form and material, connect to themes of emergency, protection, and control.
Esker Foundation’s online publishing initiative. For each season of exhibitions, Esker commissions a response from compelling voices within or beyond the visual arts.
With our very best wishes Peter Deckers, Helena Stork – Founders,
Clare Hindle, Director, and the WAF team
If you would like more information you can contact us here.

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