Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian – Délégation en France
After more than forty years at 51 Avenue d’Iéna, originally the Parisian residence of the founder, the French delegation of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation moved to a new building near the Invalides during the summer of 2011. The opening of the Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian – Délégation en France, a newly renovated building dating from 1869, is planned for October 2011.
Apart from a cafeteria and a multimedia room, it includes the largest Portuguese library in the world outside Portugal and Brazil (more than 75,000 volumes) with a free-access reading room, a conference room seating 150 people and a gallery for temporary exhibitions with around 140 m².
For the next few years the programme will focus on international and European affairs, including cultural, political, economic and social issues. Its aim is to be part of current and new networks related to all these matters. Innovation and excellence will be pursued in a close relationship with the headquarters in Lisbon and the UK Delegation in London, as well as other French, Portuguese and European Institutions, including Foundations and NGOs.