The Museu Coleção Berardo in Lisbon is the principal venue for the 20th Century Moderne and Contemporary Art collection of the Portugese businessman José Manuel Rodrigues Berardo (1944)
José Berardo, born on the island of Madeira, emigrated to South Africa when he was 18 (1963) where he made his first fortune in the mining industry. Soon prospering and diversing his interests in many directions, from banking, stocks, telecommunication, oil, paper, computer, tobacco, fashion etc. in various countries and continents of the world, Berardo came back to Portugal in the late 1980’s.
Collecting art since the beginning of the seventies, his collection nowadays comprises around 4000 artworks among others work of Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso. Salvador Dalí, Magritte, Juan Miró, Jackson Pollock, Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon, Helena Vieira da Silva and Helena Almeida).It is covering major movements from surrealism to pop art, hyper-realism, minimalist art to conceptual art and representative of 20th century and early 21st century European (Portuguese modern and contemporary art in particular) and American art.
Highlights include Andy Warhol’s ‘Ten Foot Flowers’ and ‘Portrait of Judy Garland’, Picasso’s ‘Femme dans un fauteuil (Métamorphose)’, Miró’s ‘Figure à la bougie’ and Francis Bacon’s ‘Oedipus and the Sphinx After Ingres’.
Based on his collection José Berardo initiated in 2006 The Foundation of Modern and Contemporary Art, which is located in the Lisbon’s Exhibition Center of the Centro Cultural de Belém since June 25, 2007. Next to temporary exhibitions rotation of various artistic movements that integrate the collection of works from the collection around 250 works of art on permanent display spread over two floors.