Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

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Gulbenkian Statue with Foundation building behind
Gulbenkian Museum of Antiquities
Gulbenkian Museum of Modern Art

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is a Portuguese private institution of public utility whose statutory aims are in the fields of arts, charity, education and science. Created by a clause in Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian's will, the Foundation's statutes were approved in 1956.

The head-office is located in Lisbon. The large premises, opened in 1969, comprise the head-office itself and the museum. In addition to the areas occupied by the Foundation's management and various departments, the premises include a large auditorium, a space for temporary exhibitions, 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 the Gulbenkian Park. 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 is situated inside a multi-building complex in Oeiras. 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 Foundation actively pursues its statutory aims in Portugal and abroad through a wide range of direct activities and grants supporting projects and programmes.

Armenian Department

The Armenian Department states its mission as being to create a viable future for the Armenian people in which their culture and language are preserved and valued.

To this end the Department has identified four priorities:

  1. To promote the preservation of Armenian culture and language and the strengthening of the Armenian Diaspora
  2. To disseminate the Armenian literary heritage
  3. To contribute to the improvement of Armenian-Turkish relations
  4. To render assistance to the Republic of Armenia to help ensure it has a viable future


Armenian Childrens books

Catholicosate of Cilicia
Communication and Information Department
Contact: V.Rev.Fr. Krikor Chiftjian, Communications Officer
Tel: (04) 410001, 410003
Fax: (04) 419724
E- mail:

PO Box 70 317

Armenian version:


His Holiness Aram I and the director of the Department of Armenian Affairs of the Gulbenkian Foundation have initiated a project of publishing a series of books in the field of children's literature.

The decision comes after recommendations by the educational seminar held in August 2004 in the Catholicosate of Cilicia. Over 100 teachers, pedagogues and intellectuals from all over the Diaspora proposed giving a new impetus to children's literature during the seminar organized by the Catholicosate of Cilicia.

A special plan will be drawn out for the execution of the project and a committee of professionals will oversee the works. Further details will be provided in the future.

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