Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Template:Lang-pt) is a Portuguese private foundation of public utility whose statutory aims are in the fields of arts, charity, education, and science. Created by a clause in the will of Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian, a Portugal-based petrol magnate of Armenian origin, the foundation's statutes were approved in 1956.
The head office is located in Lisbon. The premises opened in 1969, consisting of the head office and the museum, and were designed by Ruy Athouguia, Pedro Cid, and Alberto Pessoa. In addition to the areas occupied by the foundation's management and various departments there is an auditorium, an exhibition space, a congress area with auditoriums and other rooms as well as a large building that houses the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and the art library. The entire complex is set in Gulbenkian Park, which was designed by Ribeiro Telles. In 1983, the Modern Art Centre, consisting of a museum and an education centre, was opened at one end of the park. The Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (a science institute) is situated inside a multi-building complex in Oeiras (outskirts of Lisbon), near the palace of the Marquis of Pombal. The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation also has a delegation in the United Kingdom (UK Branch) and a centre in Paris (the Calouste Gulbenkian Cultural Centre). The Gulbenkian Orchestra is one of the major orchestras in Portugal.
Partex, a Portuguese oil extraction company, is fully owned by the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
The mission statement of the UK Branch states the foundation's aims:
- to help change people’s perception of each other by providing opportunities for improving understanding through culture and between cultures...
- to help build relationships and reduce social exclusion in order to assist individuals, families and communities to fulfil their potential and contribute to society, particularly focusing on: the young in school, relationships between young and old and those most at risk of dropping out of society...
- to support imaginative interventions that contribute towards the protection of the environment, and explore how environmental change affects the way we live...
- to support exceptional ideas and unusual partnerships between people and organisations that might not otherwise come together.
The foundation publishes books on a range of topics, including arts and educational policy.
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- Calouste Gulbenkian
- Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
- Gulbenkian Professor of Armenian
- Gulbenkian commission
- Gulbenkian Orchestra
- Gulbenkian Science Institute
- Armenian-Portuguese relations
- Museum of the Year, formerly the Gulbenkian Prize