Inspired by his beloved friend, South-African lawyer Óscar Gatez, Joe Berardo never forgot their common motto: ‘every investor has the obligation to do good in his community’. Berardo became a millionaire by recycling gold-mine debris in abandoned South African mines. In 1988 he created the Berardo Foundation, a private charity that works in the fields of education, health and culture. In 2007, the Belém Cultural Centre began exhibiting his private art collection on a ten-year loan, showcasing 800 original pieces of art from the likes of Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalì, Francis Bacon, Warhol, Tàpies, Vieira da Silva, Paula Rego, Gilbert & George, Marcel Duchamp, Piet Mondrian, Donald Judd, Bruce Nauman or Cindy Sherman, among many others, are presented through a chronological sequence that allows a journey through time.
Museu Coleção Berardo presents the most significant artistic movements from the twentieth century to the present day, establishing its position as the main museum for modern and contemporary art in Portugal.
The permanent exhibition starts on the 2nd floor of the museum, with sections dedicated to the major historical avant-gardes of the first half of the twentieth century, such as Cubism, Dadaism, or Surrealism. The movements that emerged in the post-war period are represented, for example, by Informalism and Abstract Expressionism. Neo-Dadaism, along with Nouveau Réalisme and the nuclei of British and American Pop Art close this first part of the journey. On floor -1, the exhibition invites to a journey through the second half of the twentieth century until the present day. In this section, the most significant artistic movements of the neo-avant-garde, such as Minimalism and Conceptualism are shown in chronological order together with a range of approaches that have helped to shape the present.
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– Visitors from 7 to 18 years old;
– Visitors with +65 years old;
– Visitors with reduced mobility.
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Open daily from 10am - 7pm (last admission: 6:30pm)