LISBON CÂMARA is to invite public consultation from September for a project to create an art museum dedicated to the paintings of one of Portugal’s most famous international contemporary artists, Júlio Pomar.
The listed building, to be called the Júlio Pomar Museum, is situated in Rua do Vale, Nº 7, in Bairro Alto, and will become one of Lisbon’s most important venues for the conservation of the painter’s art. The house was built at the end of the 19th century and boasts a façade that echoes Victorian industrial architecture.
The refurbishment project has been developed from a two-fold vantage point – to create a space which allows the painter to develop his work, while at the same time, creating a space to exhibit and preserve his paintings, without harming the overall historic and architectural aspect of the building.
The work is expected to be completed this year at an estimated cost of 728,000 euros, and will include a 163sqm exhibition hall, a 32sqm archive, a 26sqm sculpture workshop studio, a 152sqm gallery on the first floor, 22sqm office space, bar and kitchen, lifts and disabled access ramps.