29 March 2019, Lisbon, Portugal
The curator of the culture folder was speaking at a ceremony to deliver two paintings by the painter Bento Coelho da Silveira (1617-1708) to the National Museum of Ancient Art (MNAA) donated by Imamat Ismaili and the Aga Khan Development Network.
“We live in challenging times, and we have to pass on our culture and history to the next generations, so that times do not regress,” said the minister, underscoring the cooperation between the Portuguese state and that community.
The ceremony was attended by Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary Imam and spiritual leader of the Ismaili Shiite Muslims, his brother, Prince Amyn Aga Khan, the director of the National Museum of Ancient Art, António Filipe Pimentel, and a few dozen guests.
From the royal painter of D.Pedro II, besides the two works destined for the National Museum of Ancient Art, in Lisbon, there will be another one for the Soares dos Reis National Museum, in Porto.