Progress through culture
Culture is an essential aspect of mankind on the basis of which we build our identities, identities which define us on an individual level and those which connect us with others. With its ability to stimulate human creativity in all its different manifestations (artistic, literary, etc.) culture provides us with an inexhaustible and enriching source of inspiration in order to face the complexities of existence and to better understand our environment and ourselves.
Since its creation, Fundación MAPFRE has focused on cultural activities and projects. In this respect, our proposals are mainly aimed at the artistic sphere, with an extensive exhibition program both in the visual arts and photography and a wide range of activities directed at educational centers and families. In this way, with time, material resources and, above all, a lot of enthusiasm, we contribute through cultural outreach to our main objective: to give back to society.
At your side wherever you are
With the intention of ensuring our activities reach out to all possible recipients, we do our utmost to promote the creation and outreach of our projects through the web and social media. We also publish exhibition catalogs in print and in the majority of cases in several languages. This is how we reach a wider audience.
One million visitors to our website endorse our efforts. We now have 117,000 followers on Facebook, more than 60,000 on Twitter and more than 39,000 on Instagram. We are creating a community and its members are the best ambassadors of our work.
We also develop specific website projects, such as the project dedicated to publicizing Fundación MAPFRE's art collections, which currently house over 2000 pieces, a remarkable institutional collection of drawings, etchings and photography.
The art of displaying art
We have organized more than five hundred exhibitions over a thirty year period; over many years of effort we have wanted to introduce our audience to the profound transformation that artistic creation experienced in the last decades of the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century, when a succession of radical changes established the way art would express itself in the modern age. In this way, we have fulfilled one of our principal aspirations: to establish the Foundation as an institution with activities of general interest to society due to the way in which its program supplements the offerings of other public and private cultural agents.
In 2006 we began to exhibit contemporary artistic photography, an area in which we are currently delighted to enjoy the international recognition of institutions and professionals. Our activity in this field focuses on holding wide-ranging retrospective exhibitions of the main protagonists of 20th century photography, as well as exhibitions of current and highly-acclaimed photographers.
Fundación MAPFRE has three galleries, two in Madrid and one in Barcelona, which cover a total of 4,500 square meters of available space, in order to meet the goal of our work: to bring art closer to all the public.
We have two galleries in Madrid. The Recoletos 23 gallery, with a surface area of around 1,000 m2, where visual art exhibitions are held. The Espacio Miró has also been on display in this exhibition hall since 2016: this collection consists of sixty-five pieces of work by Joan Miró and five by Alexander Calder, which are on permanent display as a deposit for at least five years.
The Bárbara de Braganza 13 exhibition hall, with a surface area of 565 m2, holds photography exhibitions by well-established masters. The photography program started with Walker Evans. Since then, works by other great classic masters, such as Lewis Hine, Lisette Model, Cartier-Bresson, and Paul Strand have all passed through the gallery. We also believe it is interesting to disseminate the work of contemporary photographers like Fazal Sheikh, Ana Malagrida, Lynne Cohen, Stephen Shore and Josef Koudelka.
We dedicate an area of 4,500 m² to our exhibition halls in order to bring people of all ages closer to the arts.
The Casa Garriga Nogués is Fundación MAPFRE's headquarters in Barcelona and a great example of the architectural modernity the city has to offer. We opened its doors in October 2015 and it has become the culmination of a journey of collaboration with Catalan culture which we have been developing since we started our activity. We have an exhibition space of over 1,800 m2 in order to house the artistic movements in painting that gave rise to contemporary modern art and the great masters of photography.
Our collections are the result of years of work, in which we have focused on work on paper. We are convinced that drawings capture the first and most sincere inspiration of an artist. In 2007, we incorporated photography into the collection, owing to its essential role as a language of the 20th century, and its unique ability to document and capture reality. The Fundación MAPFRE collections can be viewed via the website.
Interested in dissemination
It is our wish to disseminate and bring our activities closer to all the public. Hence, since 2004 the educational department has been offering a wide and varied program of activities based on the exhibition program, aimed at children and young people, both for school groups and families. We provide two permanent activities in our exhibitions: Workshop visits and dynamic visits.
Workshop-visits are focused on the analysis and study of 4 or 5 pieces of work. Talks and games facilitate comprehension and the critical analysis of art. After visiting the exhibition, a creative project is suggested to be done in the workshop.
Dynamic visits to exhibitions encourage dialog with works of art, and provide tools for learning, raising interest and enjoyment of culture.
We also cater for groups with special needs
Our educational department pays special attention to facilitate access and knowledge of our activities for people with special needs. These inclusive and specifically designed activities are adapted to the public's requirements.
We facilitate audio-description contents to people with visual impairment, in the audio-guides of our exhibitions. People with hearing impairment can also ask for sign-guides in our galleries to enjoy guided visits to our exhibitions in Spanish sign language and Catalan sign language.