Sample Pages from the International Directory of Corporate Art Collections

Here are two examples of art programs that appear in the International Directory of Corporate Art Collections

The International Directory of Corporate Art Collection highlights information on over 700 art programs in workplaoce settings and non-traditional spaces. This includes corporations, small businesses, partnerships, corporate foundations, airports, municipal transport and metro networks, cruise ships, hotels, and hopitals.  Below you will find two sample listings:

  • The PLMJ law firm art program in Portugal collects work by artists from Portuguese-speaking countries, and
  • The San Francisco International Airport art program accredited by the American Association of Museums.

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PLMJ – Law Firm, RL
(A.M. Pereira, Sáragga Leal, Oliveira Martins, Júdice e Associados )
Avenida da Liberdade, no. 224, 1250-148, Lisbon, PORTUGAL
Telephone[ (351) 21 319 74 27
Website Address[

Governing[ Private Foundation, entirely and exclusively set up by the law firm PLMJ – Law Firm RL, recognized with cultural interest by the Portuguese Cultural Ministry. The PLMJ Foundation was established in 2001 by the law firm A.M. Pereira, Sáragga Leal, Oliveira Martins, Júdice e Associados (“PLMJ – Law Firm, RL”), under the motto “a law firm as a space for culture”. Luis Sáragga Leal, one of the founding partners of PLMJ – Law Firm, RL was the mentor of this philanthropic cultural project, conceptualizing its development over the years and the guidelines for the future.

Business[ Law firm. In recent years the PLMJ – Law Firm, RL, has taken a position in other markets, becoming an international law corporation. In these terms, the PLMJ Foundation also followed these steps, and in 2010 expanded its affairs abroad, welcoming the art created by artists of the above mentioned CPLP countries.
Year[ End of the 1990s
Size[ Total of 1254 works of art, in the following categories: Drawings: 96 ; Paintings: 261 ; Sculptures: 114 ; Photographs: 691; Video art: 92

Description[ Almost all of the recognized Portuguese contemporary artists are represented in the Foundation collection and, some of these artists, were supported by PLMJ Foundation when they were emerging artists.  The main emphasis of the collection is to promote contemporary art created by Portuguese artists, but also from Portuguese-speaking countries (i.e. “CPLP” countries – Mozambique, Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, St Thomas and Prince and East Timor). Over the years it has established itself as one of the most important Portuguese cultural institutions.

The PLMJ Foundation was created to institutionalize the cultural purposes carried out by PLMJ Law Firm, RL, since the end of the nineties, and corresponding to the beginnings of its art collection. In this initial phase, the collection was more oriented to the principles of more traditional corporate art collections and, was more aligned with other Portuguese corporate art collections (promoted by Portuguese groups of companies) The PLMJ Law Firm was a pioneer and the most representative in Portugal of corporate art collections created by Law Firms, which are normally more conservative and focused on paintings, drawings or sculpture. Luis Sáragga Leal, a founding partner of PLMJ – Law Firm, RL (who was already an art collector), was the founder of this cultural project and has been, since the beginning until the present, the President of the Board of Directors of the PLMJ Foundation.

After this first period of the collection and in the middle of 2004, the Foundation decided to diversify its corporate collecting goals and decided to support emerging artists creating photography and video. Luis Sáragga Leal has always acted following “open minded criteria” to establish and to develop the art collection and was advised, in some of the art acquisitions, by well-known curators, such as, Miguel Amado, who has provided in the past, curatorial services to the PLMJ Foundation.  The PLMJ Foundation has become known as a significant institution on the Portuguese art scene, accompanying the activity carried out by the PLMJ Law Firm, RL.

Location[ In alignment with the firm’s motto “a law firm as a space for culture”, almost all the works of art in the collection are exhibited in all the spaces of the PLMJ – Law Firm, RL (in the areas accessible to clients, but also in all of the offices of the lawyers and of the staff), at all of its offices (Lisbon, Oporto, Faro, Luanda, Maputo and other offices included at PLMJ International Legal Network). There are also some works of art on loan. There is a long term agreement between the Portuguese Ministry of Culture and PLMJ Foundation for the loan of works of art to institutions of the UE, placed at Brussels and other works exhibited in the context of specific exhibitions (in art galleries, in Portugal and abroad and in Museums).

the PLMJ Foundation presents its collection regularly (at least, by means of an annual exhibition, although in some years more than an exhibition was promoted), both in exhibitions produced exclusively by itself or in partnership with other organizations (in several places, such as, museums, art galleries, or in art academies).   Between 2008 and 2012, the PLMJ Foundation managed a gallery in Lisbon, in which it hosted a series of exhibitions by Portuguese artists and by artists from the other members of the CPLP.

Status[ Ongoing
Selection[ The PLMJ Foundation has a clearly defined acquisitions policy. The collection of Portuguese contemporary art includes painting and sculpture, media which have been established historically; photography and video, media with an innovative character; drawing, and hybrid mediums, both auxiliary and experimental, and both instrumental and authorial.  The selections have also been built with a sense of prospecting and an extensive criterion; it thus draws up an overview of the existing aesthetic trends, developed by both established and emerging artists.
The main mentor of all the acquisition is Luis Sáragga Leal, sometimes supported by the technical advice of external curators. The philosophy of the PLMJ Foundation is, since its beginning, to make art acquisitions from all the years, which is a guideline to be continued for the future. –

Educational Programs[ Through an internal project – Art & Law – all the lawyers and staff of PLMJ – Law Firm, RL,are in interaction with the art collection. In this context, one of the initiatives is to obtain impressions from lawyers and staff on works of art selected by them – they select a work of art and write a creative text about it. At the end of the project, a book containing all the texts was published. Another initiative was a photograph competition, selecting the three best by a accredited jury.

Other art support[ In addition to lending works of art and the publishing projects, the Foundation has also assumed an important role in the cultural art scene, mainly by promoting the following activities:

–Donations of works of art and books to institutions performing social responsibility purposes.
— An important donation to the Municipality of Lisbon of a sculpture created by the artist Rui Chafes which is
placed on the center of the Avenue of Liberdade.
–Patronage of cultural projects (publishing, academic and others)
–Partnerships with the Media to publicize the artists represented in the collection
–Organization of seminars dedicated to art and cultural themes, as well as, ministering courses in academies of art education ( with the subject of the interaction of art and law, and themes related to intellectual property)
–Publication of monographs related to the law applicable to the themes of cultural heritage, intellectual property, the art market, tax in the arts, among others.
–To sponsor and promote art competitions (for example, the PLMJ Video Art Prize destined to CPLP artists).

Publications[  the Foundation has developed an active annual publishing program. There have been 14 annual editorial art projects, that have featured different facets of the Foundation collection as follows:. The first four annual editions, were each dedicated to artists represented in the collection (e.g. Manuel Botelho, Pedro Proença, Pedro Casqueiro and Ana Vidigal)

An anthology of Portuguese contemporary photographers, Extension of the Eye:

25 Frames per second: Dedicated to video art works
Points of View – An anthology and compendium with an overview of artists from the 80s and 90s.
Options and Futures (two annual editions): These two editions focused on selected emerging artists represented in the collection
Punctum: Portuguese contemporary photographers represented in the collection
One Hundred Works – 10 years (edited in two annual Volumes): These 2 volumes presented a retrospective of 200 emblematic works of art of the PLMJ Foundation, edited also to mark the celebrating of 10 years of the PLMJ Foundation
Lines around ideas: Focused on drawings as works of art
Common Language: This book is dedicated to artists from the CPLP community.


SFO Museum
San Francisco International Airport, P.O. Box 8097433 San Francisco, CA 94128 USA
Telephone: 650.821.6700 Facsimile: 650.821.6777
Contact[ e-mail:

Business[ airport authority
Governing Authority[ The San Francisco Arts Commission, an agency of the City and County of San Francisco, curates the collection of permanent art displayed throughout SFO. San Francisco International Airport’s public art program, provided by the San Francisco Arts Commission, offers travelers and residents a permanent collection of paintings, sculptures, mosaics and environmental works that reflect the Bay Area’s diverse culture.

Year[ The Arts Commission, a city agency, launched SFO’s Art Program in 1977 with the construction of Terminal 3. In the course of the next ten years, it purchased or commissioned over 60 works for Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Later, the International Terminal, completed in 2000, became home to another 17 major works, commissioned and created specifically for the new facility’s state-of-the-art lobbies, corridors and gate rooms.
Size[ In all, the collection comprises more than 75 pieces in a diversity of styles and media by artists of local, national and international acclaim. More than 60 are currently on display.

Description[ The works of art at SFO are made possible through two distinct programs: SFO Museum and the San Francisco Arts Commission. SFO Museum, a division of SFO, presents a series of rotating exhibitions displayed in the terminal galleries, as well as the San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library and Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum located in the International Terminal. The works were commissioned in accordance with San Francisco’s percent for art ordinance, which provides for an art enrichment allocation equivalent to 2% of the construction cost of a new or renovated civic structure. Over the years, San Francisco’s airport public art program has served as a model for similar programs in metropolitan airports throughout the United States.

Programs[ In 1980, the San Francisco Airport Commission collaborated with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco to create an exhibition program at the San Francisco International Airport. After a successful first year, a department was established to produce exhibitions that would humanize the Airport environment and reflect the cultural life of the San Francisco Bay Area. Over the years, this program has grown from modest beginnings in North Terminal (now Terminal 3) to an extensive museum within the Airport. In 1999, SFO Museum (SFOM) became the first museum in an airport to receive accreditation from the American Association of Museums and is a widely imitated model for museums operating in public arenas. Today, SFOM features more than twenty galleries throughout the Airport terminals displaying a rotating schedule of art, history, science, and cultural exhibitions, as well as the San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library and Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum, which houses a permanent collection dedicated to preserving the history of commercial aviation.

Bibliography[ “Airport Art is Not an Oxymoron, at Least Not at SFO,” Chloe Veltman, March 31, 2011, The New York Times, The Bay Citizen.