About Us ILC

Instituto Lusíada de Cultura



Instituto Lusíada de Cultura-ILC is a non-profit entity founded in 1982, which was declared to be of public utility in 1991.

Once established, and throughout the 1980s, the ILC ran cultural initiatives, the most notable of which included soirées and conferences dedicated to significant contributors to Portuguese culture, such as Fernando Pessoa and Almada Negreiros.

In the 90s, Instituto Lusíada de Cultura continued to perform studies on notable people and movements linked to the values of national culture, having, since 1996, held a forum geared explicitly towards reflecting on relevant Portuguese themes: “Encontros da Independência”.

In recent years, Instituto Lusíada da Cultura has held several debates on the theme of Contemporary Arts and Aesthetics, with a focus on the process of artistic creation in itself, as well as the role it plays in society.

Mission, governing bodies

As a non-profit cultural association, ILC’s Mission is “To promote the recognition of the importance of Culture as a contributor to a more responsible, fair and empathic society, developing initiatives as part of a network built with other entities, organisations and figures from the world of culture that highlight the role a cultural education plays in contributing to the firmer, more sustainable, development of Portuguese society”.

The ILC’s board of directors is composed of of Paulo Teixeira Pinto, João Correia Vargues, Mónica Félix, José Mateus and Marco Espinheira.

The ILC’s General Assembly decided to create an Executive Committee as a means through which to implement the Museu Zer0 project, which is composed of João Correia Vargues, Mónica Félix and Miguel Teixeira Pinto.

Societal Values

Seeking to ensure that the landscape, environment, traditions and the land itself are always the primary sources of inspiration for the works produced and exhibited in the region, the Museu Zer0 project has also determined its central “values” as being entrepreneurship and work based on valuing collective work produced by a network; investing permanently in people and traditions as bearers of our natural and historical heritage; and a constant search for affirmation and international recognition.

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