Berardo Collection Museum

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Coordinates: 38°41′44″N 9°12′30″W / 38.695521°N 9.208378°W / 38.695521; -9.208378

Museu Colecção Berardo
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Outside view of the museum
Established 2007
Location Praça do Império, Belém, Lisbon
Type Modern and contemporary art

2.600.000 (since 2007)

Director Pedro Lapa
Curator Rita Maria de Figueiredo Sales Lougares
Berardo Museum neon sign Belem Lisbon.jpg

The Berardo Collection Museum (in Portuguese: Museu Colecção Berardo) is a museum of modern and contemporary art in Belém, a district of Lisbon, Portugal.


The museum was initiated as the Foundation of Modern and Contemporary Art on August 9, 2006 (Decree-Law 164/2006). It was inaugurated on June 25, 2007 and is named after José Berardo and his Berardo Collection.[1] The museum is located at the Exhibition Center of the Centro Cultural de Belém, with a collection comprising over 1000 works of art on permanent display and temporary exhibitions.

From its opening until April 2011, the museum's art director was Jean-François Chougnet, who was then replaced by Pedro Lapa.


The programming of the museum is guided by the rotation of various artistic movements that integrate the collection of works from the collection valued by the auction house Christie's at €316 million. The museum's collection is representative of the fine arts of the 20th century and early 21st century, especially European and American art. The collection covers major movements from surrealism to pop art, hyper-realism, minimalist art to conceptual art, presented in various media. It covers Portuguese modern and contemporary art in particular.

The museum has an extensive permanent collection and also hosts various temporary exhibitions that change on a regular basis.

List of important movements and artists[edit]

Abstract Expressionism[edit]


Action Painting[edit]

Body Art[edit]


  • El Lissitzky, Kestnermappe Proun, Rob. Levnis and Chapman GmbH Hannover, 1923
  • Aleksandr Rodtsjenko, Portrait V. Majakowski, 1924


De Stijl[edit]

Digital Art[edit]

  • Robert Silvers, JFK, 5/6, 2002

Experimental Art[edit]

  • Ana Hatherly, O Pavão Negro, 1999

Geometric Abstraction[edit]

  • Nadir Afonso, Marcoule, 1962

Kinetic Art[edit]

Minimal art[edit]


  • Georg Baselitz, Blonde ohne Stahlhelm- Otto D. (Blonde Without Helmet - Otto D.), 1987
  • Anselm Kiefer, Elisabeth von Österreich, 1991


  • Piet Mondrian, Composition of Yellow, Black, Bleu and Grey, 1923


  • Mário Dionísio, O Músico, 1948

Op art[edit]


  • Pepe Diniz, various works
  • Jemima Stehli, various works
  • Manuel Casimiro, Cidade 1, 1972
  • Victor Palla, 'various works


  • Tom Blackwell, Gary's Hustler, 1972
  • Robert Cottingham, Dr. Gibson, 1971
  • Don Eddy, Toyota Showroom Window I, 1972

Pop art[edit]


  • Philip Sylvio Pearlstein, Two Figures, 1963


  • Kasimir Malevich, Suprematism: 34 Drawings, 1920
  • Ljoebov Popova, various compositions



Admission is free, but to visit some of the temporary exhibitions it may be necessary to purchase a ticket. The museum is open between 10 AM and 19 PM, but on Sunday, and Fridays during the vacations, it's open between 10 AM and 10 PM.

Opening times[edit]

Tuesday - Sunday: 10.00-19.00 (last admission: 18.30)

24 December: 10.00-14.30 (last admission: 14.00) 25 December: closed 31 December: 10.00-14.30 (last admission: 14.00) 1 January: 12.00-19.00 (last admission: 18.30)

Location, access and facilities[edit]

The museum is located in the Cultural Centrum of Belém, being the center of the modern cultural life of Lisbon. Across the street, you can find the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos.

In the Centro Cultural de Belém, you can find some restaurants, sandwich bars, but also many other kinds of shops. Across the park, you can find a McDonald's and a Starbucks, together with some other restaurants.

You can reach the museum by tram or by bus, the same way you can get to Belém and the monastery. From the center of Lisbon, you can take the subway to Cais do Sodré and there take the tram or bus. It is advised to take the bus, which is faster and stops closer to the museum.

See also[edit]



  1. ^ About The Collection, The Berardo Collection.
  2. ^ "Nicholas MONRO (British, b.1936)". Retrieved 22 August 2011. 

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