The new Berardo Museum will open this Saturday in Lisbon (see pictures here).


The new Berardo Museum will open this Saturday in Lisbon (see pictures here).

Entry is free until the end of May. The space dedicated to Art Nouveau and Art Deco will have a garden with a terrace.

It has different types of parts.

Building No. 28 on Rua 1.º de Maio in Lisbon was built in the first half of the 18th century. It was the summer home of the Marquis of Abrantes, later the property was acquired and expanded by the family of António Flores (one of the pioneers of neurology in Portugal) and was also the home of a Russian consul.

Now it’s the Berardo – Art Deco Museum (B-MAD), the new museum of the Portuguese businessman and collector Joe Berardo. The space in the Alcântara region will open this Friday 23 April and will be open to the public from Saturday 24 April.

Admission is free until the end of May – and it is not yet known how much tickets will cost after that. In a first phase, visits are carried out in groups of a maximum of ten people, accompanied by a guide. The reception that greets visitors doubles as a shop selling wines from Joe Berardo’s brands such as Quinta da Bacalhôa.

The first exhibition includes Art Nouveau and Art Deco pieces, spatially separated by a wrought iron gate, some of which were recently purchased. Others came into the possession of Joe Berardo in the 1990s.

The opening of the museum was originally planned for 2017 but has been postponed one after the other due to the work. The first exhibition was curated by Márcio Alves Roiter, founder and president of the Art Déco Brasil Institute, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. and by Emmanuel Bréon, an art specialist from the 1920s and 1930s and former director of the Musée des Années 30 in Paris, France.

You can see works of art with names like Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, Alfred Porteneuve, Jean-Michel Frank, Jacques Adnet, Leleu, Sornay, Dufrêne, Follot, Jallot, Majorelle, Kuss, René Lalique, Brant, Puiforcat, and Perzel. Some of them had already been presented to the public at exhibitions by the Portuguese businessman. They are pieces of furniture, lamps, sculptures, silver, drawings or other types of works.

In recent years, Joe Berardo has opened another tile museum in Estremoz. It happened after 2018, when the businessman’s alleged debts to the bank of € 962 million were disclosed.

The new room will have a garden with a terrace and will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Click on the gallery to learn more about the new B-MAD.