Exhibition: Art and Architecture between Lisbon and Baghdad
26th October 2018 - 28th January 2019, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal
DATE: 28/1/2019
Art and Architecture between Lisbon and Baghdad
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Iraq, 1957-1973

Between 1957 and 1973, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation was an active contributor to the development of the cultural, educational, scientific and welfare infrastructure of modern Iraq, promoting and supporting higher education, the arts and the construction and equipment of buildings.

This exhibition presents unpublished documents relating to three key achievements in Baghdad – the Modern Arts Centre, the People’s Stadium and the 1966 Gulbenkian Cultural Week – and Iraqi works unexpectedly held in the Modern Collection, shown together here for the first time. This exhibition constitutes a dialogue between cultural development and economic diplomacy, between Iraqi and Portuguese art and architecture.

The project is promoted by the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and the Art Library and Gulbenkian Archives, with the support of the Grants Department.

The exhibition is split into seven sections and there have been organized additional activities such as talks, conferences and guided tours, related to it. 

Image: Hafidh Al-Droubi (1914-1991) ´Family 2´, 1962. Oil on canvas. Modern Collection, inv. 16PE331

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