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This exhibition is the second part of an idea that started in 2016 and aims to continue: bringing into the permanent display of each of the collections of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum the presence and reality of the other. This year, the challenge was proposed to filmmaker Joaquim Sapinho.

The course set by his narrative refers to exile, to the ‘transporting’ of a home and works of art to another country and to the expression of the immense confluence of cultures and civilisations in the Founder’s Collection, in Calouste Gulbenkian’s own chosen way of living, through his collection and for its future formation and safekeeping. The visitor will realise that the idea of a modern and contemporary collection obeys the will, which is no longer of the founder but which he managed to transform into a contagious desire, to continue to collect and display, to be ‘modern’ and to keep alive a civilizational ideal.

This exhibition is part of the Jardim de Verão.

Curator: Joaquim Sapinho


Modern Collection Museo Calouste Gulbenkian
R. Dr. Nicolau Bettencourt , Lisbon  | Portugal




Kitagawa Utamaro (act. 1754-1806)‘Book of Selected Insects’. Japan, 18th-19th centuries. 33.5 x 27 cm. Calouste Gulbenkian Museum – Founder’s Collection, inv. 2390

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