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Gulbenkian Museum reopens next week

According to the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Founder’s Collection building will reopen to the public, but the Modern Collection building will remain closed, anticipating a period of remodeling works already planned.

The DGPC is inviting all members of the Portuguese Network of Museums to celebrate the date, this year under the theme “Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion”, and in different ways than usual, namely through sharing visits and virtual exhibitions.

As for the programming of the Gulbenkian Museum, the foundation is preparing an online commemorative program that includes music, dance, performances, testimonies, after-hours visits and conversations with artists and those in charge of national and international museums.

In a statement about the reopening, Gulbenkian indicates that, in order to comply with the distance rules imposed by the pandemic, there will be limitations on the number of visitors to the Founder’s Collection and the temporary exhibition “The Golden Age of French Furniture”.

The Modern Collection “will remain behind closed doors, anticipating the closure planned for the remodeling works that will link the Modern Collection building to the new Gulbenkian Garden.


The program that marks the reopening of the museum starts on Saturday, the 16th, at 11:00 am, with the inauguration of a virtual participatory exhibition, composed of fifty works chosen by the public, following the challenge launched on social networks “Curator for one day”.

On Sunday, at 11:00 am, you will be given a Persian tale – “The Lion and the Hare” – in Farsi and Portuguese, from a book in the Islamic collection of the founder, Calouste Gulbenkian.

On the 18th, at 11:00 am, the director of the Gulbenkian Museum, Penelope Curtis, will welcome all visitors on a live online visit through the museum’s galleries.

At 15:00, Penelope Curtis will join Manuel Fontán del Junco, director of Fundación Juan March (Spain) and Katarina Pierre, director of the Bildmuseet of Umeå University (Sweden), to answer the question: “And now that the doors reopen? “.

From 18:00, the artists Ângela Ferreira, Hugo Canoilas and Mariana Silva and the curator Rita Fabiana reflect, in another panel, on the theme “Right times and uncertain times: what museum for a time of uncertainty?”.

Throughout the day music, dance and recorded performances will be presented in the spaces of the Gulbenkian Foundation.

The program will end with an out of hours visit, at 9:30 pm, through the museum’s galleries through the voice of the curators João Carvalho Dias and Ana Vasconcelos.

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