Let’s visit Museu Coleção Berardo

Tue, 03.03.2020

Reflecting on the concept of art in Museu Coleção Berardo

On March 3rd, our Portuguese language school organized a guided visit inside Museu Coleção Berardo.

Our history teacher, Indira Leão, accompanied us during the afternoon. A very enthusiastic guide of the museum led the guided visit.

Museu Coleção Berardo it is the main Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in the country. Its collection provides a presentation of the main artistic movements, punctuated by Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, or Andy Warhol.

Our guided visit started in the section of the early years of the twentieth century. The guide talked about Picasso and the invention of cubism and Duchamp with the interrogation of the ready-made.

We went through the surrealist movement with Salvador Dalí and focused on a particular work: Lobster Telephone (1936). Dalí believed that such objects could reveal the secret desires of the unconscious. Lobsters and telephones had strong sexual connotations for Dalí because lobsters are an aphrodisiac food.

Along the tour, we reflected on the concept of art. We saw many works of Duchamp, who defend that an everyday object could be art, inclusive a bottle holder. Based on this works, we tried to answer the question: what makes an object art? A possible answer to this question: the object to be considered art has to be accepted by the community.

We also passed through the Pop-Art movement with Andy Warhol.

After this exciting walking tour, we tasted the delicious Pastéis de Belém.

Below, you can check our photos.


A guided visit inside Museu Coleção Berardo

You might be familiar with the weekly cultural events of Português Et Cetera. In our opinion, they are very important to our students because allow them to know better the city. Besides, they are perfect to practise Portuguese and meet new people. Our events can be cultural or social. Our next will be on March 3rd in Museu Coleção Berardo!

The guided visit is free and a guide of the museum will give it in Portuguese. However, our history teacher, Indira Leão, will accompany us to the museum.

Museu Coleção Berardo is a museum of reference in Lisbon, located in Belém. It opened on June 25th, 2007 and hosts temporary exhibitions and a permanent collection (Colecção Berardo). All are representative of modern and contemporary art, national and international.

The museum aims to constitute a contemporary international museum that shows the evolution of plastic arts since the 20th century. The permanent exhibition of Coleção Berardo is articulated on two floors of the museum space. Both present a sequence of works that runs through 20th century art and ends today. Floor 2 focuses on modern art; begins with Pablo Picasso and the creation of Cubism and with Marcel Duchamp. Floor -1 is dedicated to the later period (from 1960 to the present day). It follows a chronological order and groups the most significant movements of the neo-avant-garde (minimalism, conceptualism, Land Art, Arte Povera).

After the guided visit will be the opportunity to taste the delicious Pastéis de Belém!

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to know one the greatest Portuguese museums of modern and contemporary art.

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