“The construction of Centro Cultural de Belém was decided in 1988. The main purpose was to raise a structure that could welcome and accommodate the Portuguese European Union Presidency, in 1992, remaining subsequently as a core facility for cultural and leisure activities. … Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB) is managed by a private Foundation of public interest, its mission being the production and hosting of cultural events, from theatre to dance, from classical music to jazz, from opera to cinema. As part of its mission, CCB also hosts a conference centre, available for any kind of professional meetings.” source
the museum collection berardo is a museum for modern and contemporary art, situated in the centro cultural de belem. the portuguese business man joe berardo owns the collection with more than 1000 works of art by more than 500 different artists. christie’s estimated the worth of the berardo collection with about €316 million. today marks the fifth anniversary of the museum.
“This collection of international modern and contemporary art of the 20th and 21st century currently represents around 1000 works from more than 500 artists. A period of about 100 years is covered beginning in 1909 with a cubist painting from Pablo Picasso, Tête de Femme, continuing through almost all major artistic movements up to the most recent developments in contemporary artistic creation. This collection does not limit itself into categories devoted to specific mediums or periods. Rather, the collection is created as an integrated whole that is added to in response to emerging talent as well as a mandate to fill in critical historical gaps. Works by some of the most significant artists are included, Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Kasimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian, Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, Yves Klein, Willem de Kooning, Francesco Clemente, Jenny Holzer, Sol LeWitt, Richard Serra, Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, Fernando Botero, Vito Acconci, Larry Bell, Christian Boltanski, Mario Merz, Nam June Paik, Bill Viola, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Nan Goldin, Andreas Gursky among many others.
A comprehensive view on Portuguese art is also represented in works by Fernando Calhau, Alberto Carneiro, Paula Rego, Helena Almeida, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Pepe Diniz and Fernando Lemos. The intention of creating an international overview of 20th century art and the desire to share with others has resulted in the opening of the Berardo Museum – Exhibition Centre of Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon. A part of the collection (862 works) is given in permanent loan and can be seen in temporary exhibitions.” source
“l’arbre biplan” by jean dubuffet outside the museum
the museum collection berardo is open every day from 10 am to 7 pm and admission is free. the centro cultural de belem is located at praca do imperio, next to some of lisbon’s main sights, such as the mosteiro dos jeronimos and the padrao dos descobrimentos.
//more information on: ccb.pt and museuberardo.com