Vieira da Silva, after the death of Arpad Szenes in 1985, wanted to create a Study and Research Centre dedicated to both their work, in her house at Amoreira´s Garden. However, the house wouldn’t aloud to install the Centre or to present their work adequately, so Guy Weelen and Sommer Ribeiro took the project to create a Museum dedicated to both artists.
With the President Mario Soares and Prime Minister Cavaco Silva support, began in 1988 the project to create the Foundation, in which many Institutions were bond: The Lisbon Municipality, which gave the space of the Old Silk Tissue Fabric, chosen by Vieira da Silva; the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, who covered the renovation and adaptation work of the building to a new Museum and Documentation and Research centre; the Luso- Americana Foundation for Development, which has equipped the building and the Cidade de Lisboa Foundation, which willing to find another place for the Elderly Centre that was supposed, by a former commitment, to be installed in the same place.
Therefore, by Law Decree nº 149/90 10 May 1990, it is created the Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva Foundation, as well as an Institution of public utility, endowed with legal representation, which reaffirmed the needs to whiteness the national recognition to Vieira da Silva and Arpad Szenes. With a seat on the board were the personalities mentioned above, except for the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
The artist compromised herself to donate the couple’s work and documentation for the Museum and Documentation and Research Centre, and the State compromised itself to assure an annual payment designated to cover the ordinary costs, of maintenance of the building of the Museum and Documentation and Research Centre.