Modern and contemporary art
The Berardo Museum has one of the world's most acclaimed modern art collections, with works by Warhol,
Picasso, Dali, Duchamp, Magritte,
Miró, Bacon, Jackson Pollock, Jeff Koons, among others representing dozens of modern movements.
It was amassed by Portuguese magnate Joe Berardo, who for many years had wanted to create a museum for his vast collection. Cities like Paris and Miami were interested in buying it, but the Portuguese government made sure it was kept in Lisbon and agreed to provide space inside Lisbon's Belem Cultural Center.
It opened in June of 2007, with 863 of Berardo's estimated 4,000 artworks (part of the collection has also been on display in Sintra's Modern Art Museum).
There will always be about 250 works on display at any time, spread over two floors and consisting of paitings, sculpture, photography, and installations. Highlights to look for include Andy Warhol's Ten Foot Flowers and Portrait of Judy Garland (pictured to the left), Picasso's Femme dans un fauteuil (Métamorphose), and Fracis Bacon's Oedipus and the Sphinx After Ingres.
This museum is FREE. You can also ride Lisbon's metro, buses, and trams for free with the Lisboa Card.
How to Visit
Monastery - A World Heritage monument; Vasco da Gama's resting place.
Belem Tower - The city's icon; a symbol of the Age of Discovery.
Discoveries Monument - The world's explorers in stone.
Coaches Museum - The world's largest collection of magnificent royal coaches.
Maritime Museum - The story of Portugal's pioneering role in world/sea exploration.
Archaeology Museum - Archaeological finds from over the centuries.
Tropical Garden - Beautiful garden with rare plants from around the world.
Belem Palace - The home of Portugal's President.
Memoria Church - Elegant neoclassical church.
Ajuda Palace - An extravagant royal palace.
Ajuda Botanical Garden - Beautiful gardens overlooking the river.
25 de Abril Bridge - Golden Gate's twin sister.
Docas - Attractive dock area with cosmopolitan bars and restaurants.