Caixa Geral de Depósitos art collection began in 1983 with acquisitions that follow a set of guidelines devised by the board of administrators. After a decade, the entire collection was analysed in parallel with other public and institutional art collections existing in Portugal. Because of this appraisal, among other criteria, it was decided to favour the after 80s artistic production and a recommendation was made that previous works by artists consecrated in the 60s or in the 70s should be also included. At the turn of the year 2000 the scope of the collection is broadened to contemplate a wider sense of all things Luso(1), i.e., in addition to Portuguese art, special attention was also paid to the contemporary art production of Brazil, Mozambique, Angola and
Cape Verde. After 2004, acquisitions tend to support a deeper understanding of the artists represented and of their career, which is why comprehensive clusters of the same artist can be found in the Collection. As of the year 2006, Culturgest has been put in charge of studying, promoting and curating the Collection - 1,800 works (approximately), which include painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, video, installation and engraving.
(1) Luso – word used in reference to Portugal and to countries that use Portuguese as their official language; it is related to the Lusitanians (the most numerous and dominant group of people that inhabited pre-Roman Portugal).
We discover the collection's key moments, from its beginnings in 1983 to 2021. Click on each chapter to access the stories.
I. The Decorative Collection (1983-89)
II. The Art Collection (1990-97)
III. Diversification (2000-04)
IV. Photographs (1991 and 2005)
V. Precision (2004-08 and 2014)
VI. Prints (2008)
VII. In-kind donations and Donations (1987-2021)
VIII. Resuming Acquisitions (2020-2021)
Loan requests of works of art should be made in writing, 6 months in advance, in a letter addressed to the President of Culturgest – and to Culturgest email – mentioning the reason for the request (please include a synopsis of the project), loan and exhibition dates, and a Facilities Report of the venue where the exhibit is to take place. A Loan Agreement pre-approved by CGD will be celebrated with Culturgest.
Edifício-sede da Caixa Geral de Depósitos
Rua Arco do Cego, 50
Tel. (+351) 21 790 54 54