A Coleção Moderna do Museu Calouste Gulbenkian durante o PREC

Translated title of the contribution: The Modern Collection of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum during the PREC (ongoing revolutionary process)

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Abstract

The Modern Collection of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum – the most relevant collection of modern and contemporary Portuguese art, started in 1957 by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (FCG) – needs an in-depth study of its development over more than 60 years of art collecting. The analysis of the evolution of this collection, in the moment following the Revolution of April 25th,1974, a period poorly investigated in the scope of the historiography of art and collecting in Portugal, which makes this study opportune. Based on the research carried out in the Gulbenkian Archives and in the collection inventory, it was concluded that, between the years 1975 and 1977, something unprecedented occurred in the development of the collection: an agreement for the acquisition of contemporary art works between the FCG and
the Sociedade Nacional de Belas-Artes (National Society of Fine Arts) (SNBA), in exhibitions organized by the Society. In the “hot” and unstable period that the country was going through, these two institutions, fundamental in the development of the Portuguese artistic environment, strengthened cooperation. In addition to the institutional alliance, the agreement also guaranteed financial support to artists and to SNBA, in a period of stagnation of the national art
market. During these years, the development of the collection was almost exclusively guaranteed by the acquisitions made in the SNBA exhibitions, reinforcing the representativeness of contemporary production and of artists whose careers would be significant in the following decade. The short duration of this agreement was certainly related to the pacification of the political-social environment and the consequent process of artistic reorganization of the
country.
Translated title of the contributionThe Modern Collection of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum during the PREC (ongoing revolutionary process)
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalMIDAS – Museus e Estudos Interdisciplinares
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Art collections
  • Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
  • collecting policy
  • Modern Collection of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
  • Sociedade Nacional de Belas-Artes

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