The B-MAD's tiled building from the early 1700s
A decade after the opening of the Berardo Collection Museum (now the MAC/CCB) of modern and contemporary art, businessman and art collector Joe Berardo decided to create another museum in Lisbon, this time to show his Art Nouveau and Art Deco collections, which are among the most significant of their kind in the world. After several delays due to the careful renovation of the beautiful tile-covered 18th-century building, it was finally ready to open to the public in April of 2021.
The entrance to the museum
The exhibition presents over 300 pieces of furniture, paintings, sculptures, ceramics and crystals dating back to the last decade of the 19th century and the early 1900s. They were all created for decorative purposes by the most prominent artists of the period, such as Lalique, Leleu, Perzel, Brandt, Porteneuve, Ruhlmann, and even Picasso, who created one of the Art Nouveau vases. Everything is spread over two floors, beginning with the Art Nouveau collection. The second floor is entirely dedicated to Art Deco.
One of the Art Nouveau rooms, with a painting by José Malhoa.
It was all acquired over a period of three decades from different sources, and some pieces even had some famous owners, like an Art Nouveau cabinet that once belonged to Barbra Streisand.
One of the showpieces of the Art Deco collection, made of bronze, ivory and marble in 1930 by Demétre Chiparus, one of the most important sculptors of the Art Deco era.
The guided visits end with a free wine tasting. You’re invited to try wines of the Bacalhôa estate that’s also owned by Joe Berardo, and enjoy them outside in the small Art Nouveau-inspired garden.
The Art Nouveau garden in the back
How to Get to the B-MAD Museum
Buses 714 and 727, as well as trams 15 and 18 stop at Largo do Calvário, which is just down the street from the museum.
You may ride the buses and the trams for free with the Lisboa Card.
Rua 1º de Maio, 28, Alcântara
Admission and Tickets to the B-MAD Museum
Admission is 6 euros. Visits must be booked in advance and are accompanied by a guide. They happen at 10am, 11am, 11:30am, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm and 5pm.
It opens every day.
212 198 071
Attractions by the B-MAD Museum
Just a few steps from the museum is the trendy Lx Factory complex, and on the same street is the Carris Museum, which displays Lisbon’s old trams and buses. Right in front of the Carris Museum is a staircase leading to the Santo Amaro Chapel, where there’s a view of 25 de Abril Bridge. The bridge’s museum, known as Pilar 7 Bridge Experience, is also within walking distance.