0072 Politics, Diplomatic Relations and Institutional Promotion through Modern Art

The British Art of the Twentieth Century Exhibition in Portugal, 1962

  • Leonor de Oliveira (Author)
    Instituto de História da Arte, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

    Leonor Oliveira graduated in 2004 in Art History from Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCSH/UNL), Portugal. She completed a Master’s degree in Museology and Artistic Heritage in 2008 at FCSH/UNL, with a dissertation on the creation of the Contemporary Art Museum of the Serralves Foundation (1974-1989). She is now finishing her PhD (2009-2013, FCSH/UNL), which is focused on the role played by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in the promotion of Portuguese modern art, from 1956 to 1969. Her MA and PhD studies were supported by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia - FCT). In 2009, she became a member of Instituto de História da Arte (FCSH/UNL).

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In 1962, the British Council and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation organised in Portugal an exhibition of modern British art, which had an impact not only in the artistic context, but also in the political, institutional and diplomatic spheres, This article analyses the organisationof this event, framing it in a network of artistic, institutional and political determinants that contribute to convey the multi–dimensional nature of exhibitions.


Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, British Council, British Art Exhibition, Portuguese colonialism, Goa affair