Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Lisbon's Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Museu Colecao Berardo)

During our week in Lisbon, we spent a day at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.  It was time well spent.  We take the tram from downtown and are there in about 30-minutes.  The Lisbon public transportation system is a modern marvel that combines Trains, Subways, Trams, and Buses to create a seamless modern way to get to any part of the city.  Do not rent a car while here; it's a waste of money.   

The museum was full of world-renowned modern works.  We lucked out the museums are free on Saturday in Lisbon.  The large modern building is a marvel yet seems out of place across the street from the Gothic Buildings of the Jerónimos Monastery and National Archeological Museum.   It is a  huge contrast to the other buildings in the area.  

The building is a multi-floor event comprising exhibits on 3 floors and in the basement.  Walking into the museum, you can start on the 3rd floor and work your way down.  The first three floors are full of painting and sculpture exhibits, and in the basement are the art installations.  

The highlight of the visit was the exhibit dedicated to the study of Cubism that Pablo Picasso started, along with the other artists he inspired.  On the first floor, Cubism is an avant-garde art movement that revolutionized European painting and sculpture.  Several artists' works are exhibited here.

"The movement was pioneered by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque and joined by Jean Metzinger, Albert Gleizes, Robert Delaunay, Henri Le Fauconnier, Juan Gris, and FernanCubismr. One primary influence that led to Cubism was the representation of three-dimensional form in the late works of Paul Cézanne."

The second floor had an Andy Warhol display with his "Judy Garland" painting and his " Ten-foot Flowers" painting.   Then there was his stack of "Brillo Boxes," along with other Warhol masterworks.

There were temporary exhibits on the third and fourth floors displaying minimalist installations.  Seeing works by Jackson Pollack was a bonus.  These large works consumed space that was thought-provoking to take in.

Lisbon's Museu Coleção Berardo, Portugal's main Modern and Contemporary Art Museum, is a must-see.  After visiting the museum, we take the tram back downtown to our AirB&B.  Our hearts are now full of this art and this culture.  It was a good day to be in Lisbon.