In Lisbon, the Gulbenkian Foundation, garden of arts

The Foundation houses the extraordinary collection of the wealthy businessman born on the banks of the Bosphorus.

This article is taken from the Figaro Special Edition Lisbon or the sweetness of life » a special issue which takes you to discover the city, its architectural treasures, its living traditions, its writers, its fado singers…

Cover of Figaro Special Edition “Lisbon or the sweetness of life” Le Figaro

On the other side of the city, in the contemporary district of the new avenues, the city’s other major art museum complements the Museum of Ancient Art, in a fruitful opposition. While the latter brings together in a magnificent 16th century building, the works of numerous convents, which reflect the multiple facets of Portuguese art, the Gulbenkian Foundation presents, in a setting in the modernist architectural style of Bauhaus, the collection of a single man, which does not include a single Portuguese work of art, but which reflects the very sure taste of its collector.

Who was the one to whom Lisbon owes its most important private art collection? Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian was born on the eastern bank of the Bosphorushad studied French…

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