Modernist and Contemporary Tour

Modernist and Contemporary Tour

The Modernist and Contemporary Tour is a very special visit, designed for those who wish to learn about one of the most stimulating periods for the Visual Arts, Literature and Architecture of 20th century Portugal.

A time of changes, of creating new structures and new neighborhoods… A century of many social events which built  the DNA of today’s Lisbon, a vibrant and dynamic city with a very special charm.

Fernando PessoaLet’s start in the heart of the city, Chiado, where poets, writers and artists wandered around, gathering in lovely sidewalk cafes to exchange points of view. Fernando Pessoa, Mário de Sá Carneiro, Almada Negreiros, Mário Cesariny, Amadeu de Sousa-Cardozo, Vieira da Silva and so many others left their imprint on cultural and intellectual Portugal. Not forgetting José Saramago, winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Monarchy, Dictatorship, Revolution and Democracy in Portugal will be mentioned during this tour before we get on the Metro of Lisbon to explore some of its most emblematic stations, such as Baixa-Chiado created by prestigious Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira (Pritzker Prize), and Parque, a tribute to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, where a small but significant monument was erected in honor of Portuguese Consul Aristides Sousa Mendes, who saved over 30,000 lives during World War II.

We will also visit Bairro Azul where you’ll find the highest concentration of Art Déco buildings in Lisbon.

The tour will end after visiting the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, containing the finest private art collection in Portugal, covering 5000 years of History of Art including sculptures from the Ancient Egypt, paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Renoir, Dégas and a fabulous collection of René Lalique pieces.

The location of the Museum is where one of the doors of the city of Lisbon was located in the 18th century. The surrounding gardens were built in the 1960s and are some of the most beautiful in Lisbon.

As an alternative to the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, you may want to visit the Fundação José Saramago, located in the famous Casa dos Bicos, built in 1523.

A tour not to be missed!