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Gulbenkian Foundation

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is a Portuguese private institution of public utility. Its statutory aims are in the fields of arts, charity, education and science. Created by the provisions set forth in a clause in Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian’s will, the Foundation’s statutes were approved in 1956. Its main assets were Calouste Gulbenkian’s art collection and his international oil interests, mainly the 5% holding in the Iraq Petroleum Company.

The head-office is located in Lisbon, Portugal. The premises opened in 1969 and include the Head Office and the museum. In addition to the areas occupied by the Foundation’s administrative office and various departments, the premises include a large auditorium, a space for temporary exhibitions, a congress area with auditoriums and other rooms as well as a large building that houses the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and Art Library. The entire complex is set in the Gulbenkian Park. In 1983, the Modern Art Centre consisting of a museum and an education centre, was opened at one end of the park. The Gulbenkian Institute of Science is a research institute situated inside a multi-building complex in Oeiras (outskirts of Lisbon). The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation also has a delegation in the United Kingdom (UK Branch) and a centre in Paris (the Calouste Gulbenkian Cultural Centre) located on Avenue D’Ienain one of Calouste Gulbenkian's former residences.

gulbenkianThe Foundation actively pursues its statutory aims in Portugal and abroad through a wide range of activities.

The Foundation has an orchestra and a choir that perform throughout the year within a regular season and organises solo and collective exhibitions of work by Portuguese and foreign artists. It also organises international conferences, meetings and courses, awards, subsidies and scholarships for specialised studies and doctorates in Portugal and abroad, and supports programmes and projects of a scientific, educational and artistic nature. Moreover, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is actively involved in publishing, especially through its programme for university textbooks. It also fosters co-operation projects with Portuguese-speaking African countries and East Timor, promotes Portuguese culture abroad and operates a programme to preserve evidence of the Portuguese presence and heritage in the world. In addition, the Foundation supports Armenian communities worldwide.

The foundation owns 100% of the Partex Oil and Gas Group Companies.

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