Spread over 2 floors, the Berardo Museu is located in CCB buildings in Belém in the outskirts of Lisbon. Admission is free of charge and the popular art venue has an impressive programme of temporary exhibitions and events.
The permanent collection displays works by Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp, Magritte, Miró, Bacon, Jackson Pollock, Jeff Koons, Kasimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian, Francis Bacon, Ayves Klein, Willem de Kooning, Francesco Clemente, Jenny Holzer, Sol LeWitt, Richard Serra, Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, Fernando Botero, Vito Acconci.
The collection is available to see by the public thanks to the Portuguese business tycoon Joe Berardo. The gentleman is an avid and passionate art collector. His collection comprises of some of the best 20th and 21st century art, and boasts 1000 works from more than 500 of the world’s most influential artists.
Berardo Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art begins with cubist painting by Pablo Picasso from 1909, and pretty much covers every art movement in the 100 plus years which has come to pass since then. From the collection there is always a mix of 250 works of art consisting of paintings, installations, sculpture or photography.
The CCB building, which houses the museum and other venues, has an artistic vibe about itself. There are galleries selling contemporary art along with art materials suppliers, art book store and cafes.