An image taken from the meeting Joe Berardo had with MPs in 2019, after which PM António Costa said the country was "shocked" by Mr Berardo's 'rudeness'...

Coleção Berardo quietly extinguished

Another twist in the long-running battle between the State, various banks and ‘art empresario’ Joe Berardo came this week with the government ‘breaking’ the contract it has with Mr Berardo to show his collection at the CCB (Centro Cultural de Belém). Minister of culture, Pedro Adão e Silva said the move will only take effect on January 1 2023 – at which time the collection worth around €1.3 billion will be absorbed into a new ‘Museum of Contemporary Art’ which will also include art works impounded from the late João Rendeiro.