Mr 5% and the Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon

Monday 16 October 2017 at 8.00 pm

Edward Saunders

Gulbenkian, who made his fortune in oil amassed a magnificent, wide ranging collection of works of art. When Germany invaded France in the 2nd World War, Gulbenkian was living in Paris and in 1942 he sought refuge in Lisbon where he then remained until his death. He left the bulk of his wealth, including his collection of works of art, to a Foundation established in his name for charitable, artistic, educational and scientific purposes and in 1969 the museum housing his collection was opened in Lisbon. The lecture will trace the background of this extraordinary, fascinating, mysterious man as well as his Foundation, today one of the most significant in the world, but will concentrate on the supremely beautiful works of art in his museum.