Past exhibition

Gulbenkian Revealed:
In the Collector’s Private Realm

The Al Thani Collection Foundation, the Centre des monuments nationaux and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation present Gulbenkian Revealed: In the Collector’s Private Realm which is on view until 2 October 2022 in the space dedicated to temporary exhibitions at The Al Thani Collection at the Hôtel de la Marine, Paris. The exhibition is organised as part of the Saison France-Portugal 2022.

The exhibition is presented in association with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and showcases treasures from the museum in Lisbon which houses the private collection of its eponymous founder, one of the most celebrated art collectors of the early 20th century.

Gulbenkian Revealed: In the Collector’s Private Realm presents a carefully selected group of 82 works of art, principally small in scale and made to be carefully handled and privately cherished by the connoisseur-collector. Through these objects, the exhibition explores five key principles which guided Calouste Gulbenkian (1869-1955) as a collector: preciousness, intimate scale, craftsmanship, provenance and rarity. Reflecting the diversity of artworks which appealed to Gulbenkian, the exhibition also highlights his fascination with the material quality of the objects that the collected.

Exhibition curated by Nuno Vassallo e Silva, Director of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s French delegation.

On view from Friday 10 June until Sunday 2 October.

Exhibition highlights

Fragment of King Pedubast’s statue

Egypt, 23rd Dynasty (818–793 BC), Third Intermediate Period
Bronze with inlaid gold and copper
28 x 12.5 x 14 cm
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Mounted ewer with lid

Ewer: Southern Italy (Sicily?), 13th century Mount: Paris, c. 1734-35
Jasper and gold
33.5 cm
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Egypt or Syria, 14th century, Mamluk period
Gilded and enamelled glass
39 x 27 cm / base 11.5 cm
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Carpet with grotesques

Persia, Tabriz (?), 16th century, Safavid period
219 x 91 cm
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