THE CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN FOUNDATION
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation brings together the very best of ancient and modern art in two museums surrounded by a magnificent garden, in which visitors can experience a great sense of tranquility.
The Foundation is housed in an architectural complex designed in the 1960s, classified as national heritage, which includes, besides the museums, a library, conference facilities, a concert hall and an open-air amphitheater.
A venue for knowledge and critical reflection, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation comprises three auditoriums and four rooms of different sizes for conferences, educational activities and performances.
The Gulbenkian Park also known as Gulbenkian Garden was created in 1969 and is part of the Foundation’s premises. The park is spread over an area of 7.5 hectares (19 acres) and has one large and another small lake within it.
The garden also has an open-air amphitheater to seat 1,000 people which has the lake as its backdrop. The amphitheater is the venue for holding many programmes on dance, drama, and music. Jazz music programme is held in the gardens every year during first two weeks of August.
The park is also enlivened with statues and sculptures made by national and international artists which are fixed strategically at many places.
About the Foundation
A Portuguese foundation for the whole of humanity
Established in 1956 as a Portuguese foundation for the whole of humanity, the Foundation’s original purpose focused on fostering knowledge and raising the quality of life of persons throughout the fields of the arts, charity, science and education. Bequeathed by the last will and testament of Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian, the Foundation is of perpetual duration and undertakes its activities structured around its headquarters in Lisbon (Portugal) and its delegations in Paris (France) and London (the United Kingdom).
Nurturing not only the universal values inherent to the human condition, in full respect for diversity and difference, but also a culture of tolerance as well as preserving the environment and the relationship between man and nature.
Fostering a spirit of curiosity sensitive to the harmony of nature and the special propensity for the contemplation of beauty that constituted one of the defining features of the founder’s personal character.
The success attained in complying with our objectives stems from all of the organisations and persons that we support. Sharing the strategies underpinning each initiative represents a core objective that we strive to achieve to raise our profile and especially to amplify the global scale impact sought after.
How the Foundation works
As a foundation
• Mobilising and incentivising critical reflection in the fields of: the arts, science, education, health and human development, global affairs;
• Third party financing (Grant-making);
• Designing and creating new capacities for dealing with current issues and questions;
• Implementing pilot projects, testing them in association with persons and entities within the framework of replicating them in society;
• Supporting innovative projects that generate progress and adaptability to change;
• Influencing and shaping ideas and research projects deemed of priority relevance;
• Setting up networks and partnerships and reaching out to persons and institutions.
• The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum – Founder’s Collection – conserving and promoting the Art Collection built up by the founder;
• The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum – Modern Collection – managing, conserving and promoting the largest single collection of 20th century Portuguese art;
• Art Library – conserving and promoting materials targeting specialists in the history of art and the visual arts;
• Temporary exhibitions – staging and hosting exhibitions interrelated with our respective focus areas;
• Gulbenkian Music – putting on the annual music season and featuring the Gulbenkian Choir and Orchestra alongside some of the musical greats from around the world;
• Publications – engaging in editorial activities;
• The Gulbenkian Park – maintaining a park and gardens for leisure and educational activities, encouraging the preservation of the environment and the relationship between man and nature;
• The Gulbenkian Science Institute – running a research centre of excellence.