PLMJ Foundation organises first Portuguese conference on "Corporate Art Collections"


The PLMJ Foundation has organised a conference that is the first of its kind in Portugal on the phenomenon on of “Corporate Art Collections – Art Collections in Perspective”. The conference is being held on 27 November at the Oriente Foundation Museum. The aim of this event is to share the individual experiences of the foundations involved, and their approaches to the different forms, styles and contrasts that characterise corporate art collections. The event will also look at the role these collections play in promoting visual arts in a corporate context. This conference will be chaired by Emílio Rui Vilar, a former president of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. The moderators for the various discussions will be: António Gomes de Pinho, president of the Arpad-Szènes Vieira da Silva Foundation, Carlos Monjardino, president of the Oriente Foundation, Joaquim Fernando Nogueira, president of the Millennium BCP Foundation, Luís Sáragga Leal, president of the PLMJ Foundation and Miguel Lobo Antunes, director of Culturgest. These moderators will be joined by economist Vítor Bento, João Pinharanda, and art curator and cultural attaché to the Portuguese Embassy in Paris, PLMJ Foundation director Manuel Lopes Rocha and Luís Pais Antunes, who is PLMJ’s managing partner.

According to Luís Sáragga Leal, president of the PLMJ Foundation, “the main aim of this conference, which is a first in Portugal, is to make people aware of the importance of corporate art collections in showing the work of artists, and to spotlight the importance of these collections to the development and internationalisation of Portuguese art. The significance of the collections to the institutions that acquire them, their return and the way they work will also be subjects of discussion.”

The PLMJ Foundation, which was set up by the law firm PLMJ under the motto “A law firm as a space for culture”, is one of Portugal’s leading cultural institutions. The PLMJ Foundation supports art and artists from Portugal and from Portuguese-speaking countries by developing a collection that represents contemporary artistic production. It also holds exhibitions, publishes books and engages in a range of other projects. The PLMJ Foundation Collection includes works of art in a number of forms ranging from painting, drawing and sculpture to photography and video. The collection includes not only established artists but also young emerging artists. With this approach, the PLMJ Foundation is contributing actively to artistic creation in both a Portuguese and an international context. This conference was born out of the PLMJ Foundation’s spirit of innovation and is a pioneering step in the world of our collection in Portugal.


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