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Within/Beyond Borders comes to Lisbon. Works of art from the European Investment Bank's collection

The contemporary art collection of the European Investment Bank (EIB) is presented in the future Money Museum's exhibition space at Banco de Portugal's head office, in Lisbon's historic centre.

Within/Beyond Borders occupies part of the former Church of St Julian, which has been fully restored. The exhibition runs from 16 May to 4 September, Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm. Admission is free.

The exhibition features 28 of the EIB's most notable works and was commissioned by Delphine Munro, the collection's director, in partnership with the Museum of Banco de Portugal.

The 28 works, created by European artists of different generations, including the Portuguese, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Julião Sarmento and Pedro Calapez, represent the plurality of languages and identities that mark the evolution of art over the last 50 years.

The pieces explore the concept of the border in its various senses – real, imaginary, physical or emotional – referring to a Europe in permanent flux. The exhibition is cause to reflect on the possibility of breaking through boundaries or exploring new geographical, political, artistic and cultural 'territories'.

In Within/Beyond Borders, painting, sculpture, photography and artworks on paper establish a face-to-face dialogue with the architecture of the future Money Museum. Here the visitor is invited to discover the work of emerging artists and others that have profoundly marked art over the last few decades.

By hosting an art collection of international significance, Banco de Portugal reaffirms its commitment to the city of Lisbon and to the country, and in particular, to cultural exponents. It represents a commitment to collaboration and sharing, reflecting the Bank's strategic orientation towards greater openness to society.

The exhibition's activity programme includes guided tours for adults, schools, young people and families, meetings with artists and curators, and drawing classes. The activities on offer reflect the Bank's conviction that art generates new ideas and ways of thinking, and as such is a strategic knowledge resource for society. 

The European Investment Bank's collection comprises around 580 works of art – paintings, photographs, artworks on paper, sculptures and installations – and offers a broad overview of art in the European Union since 1958. 

Within/Beyond Borders, Art from the EIB'S Collection

Exploring the concept of borders through post-war EU art

: Banco de Portugal – Largo de S. Julião, Lisboa
Free admission

Dates: from 16 May to 4 September

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm
NB. The exhibition will be closed for the day on 19 June.


Metro: Baixa-Chiado station (blue and green lines)
Tram/Bus: 15E, 25E, 28E, 206, 207, 208, 210, 706, 711, 714, 728, 732, 735, 736, 746, 774

Tour and activities programme

(No advance bookings)
Guided tours (60 mins), Saturdays, 3pm
Short tours (30 mins), Thursdays, 1.30pm (except 19 June)
Workshop tour for families (120 mins), 24 May, 7 and 21 June (Saturdays), 11am – adults and children aged 6 to 10

(Through advance booking)
“Looking Through”, meetings with artists and curators (90 mins), 31 May, 28 June, 12 July, 30 August and 4 September (Saturdays), 3pm

“Os limites da realidade” (The limits of reality), drawing classes in the exhibition (120 mins), 7 June, 5 July (Saturdays), 10.30am – young people and adults

Enrolment and bookings T+351 213 213 240 |

The European Investment Bank

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the long-term lending institution of the European Union owned by its Member States. It makes long-term finance available for sound investment in order to contribute towards EU policy goals.
The EIB Institute (EIB-I) promotes European initiatives for the common good. It was created as part of the European Investment Bank Group in January 2012 with the aim of acting as a catalyst for social, cultural, educational and research activities that are directed towards economic and social development in Europe. Detailed information on the activities of the EIB Institute can be obtained from its site: