Avenida de Berna, 45 A1067-001 Lisboa
The Gulbenkian Foundation is a reference in Lisbon and one of the most important cultural centres of the city. The Foundation was born in 1956 upon the will of Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian, the Armenian businessman who made his fortune in oil and that, during the Second World War, passing through Lisbon, fell in love with the city. It was perpetually established and it aims at fostering knowledge and improving the quality of life through the arts, charity, science and education. The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum houses the private collection of its patron, consisting of six thousand pieces of Egyptian, Greco-Roman, Mesopotamian, Eastern Islamic, Armenian and Far East art, as well as an important collection dedicated to René Lalique. It also houses the Modern Art Centre with an extensive art collection of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries; the Gulbenkian Choir and Orchestra with an comprehensive annual program, the Art Library, temporary exhibitions and conferences. Finally, a fantastic garden designed by the landscape architects António Viana Barreto and Gonçalo Ribeiro Teles. This green space surrounding the buildings of the Foundation - with its lake, outdoor amphitheatre, statuary, stone benches and lawn - is part of Lisbon’s everyday life.