Progress through culture
According to Unesco, “Culture forms a fundamental dimension of the development process, and helps to strengthen independence, autonomy and identity...". In line with this principle of culture as a basic tool for the development of societies, we invest time, material resources, but above all huge amounts of illusion in order to take art and culture to citizens through exhibitions, activities and publications. That is how we manage to give material form to one of the Foundation's ideals: to return part of the benefits obtained from it to society.
At your side wherever you are
With the wish of our activities reaching out to all possible recipients, we do our utmost to promote creation and outreach of our projects through the web and social media. On-line technology will allow users to be able to enjoy our exhibitions if they are unable to physically come to our exhibition halls, and also to revisit past exhibitions or to complement their experience in the digital world. In this sense, we design virtual visits and VR visits of our visual arts and photographs. We also publish printed catalogs of the exhibitions, and in the majority of cases, in several languages, in order to ensure that we reach a wider public.
One million visitors to our website endorse our efforts. We now have 117,000 followers on Facebook, more than 59,000 on Twitter and more than 36,000 on Instagram. We are creating a community and its members are the best ambassadors of our work.
We also develop specific web projects, such as the one dedicated to Fundación MAPFRE art collections, where you will be able to find works of particular significance in photography, painting, drawing and engraving, belonging to our collection.
The art of displaying art
In a period stretching back over thirty years, we have organized more than five hundred exhibitions. Activity is based on a core idea: the complementarity with major public initiatives. In this way, through a program of exhibitions and publications, we review firstly Spanish and then international art, around the start of modernity: art, culture and society from the end of the 19th to the mid 20th.
Likewise, in 2009 we began our adventure into photography projects, a field where we have become an international reference. Our wish is to present to the public the work of photographers, which have never been exhibited in Spain, or which do not form part of Spanish collections. The objective is fulfilled with a program that combines exhibitions dedicated to great masters of the 20th century with established figures in contemporary photography.
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 can be visited at this hall, which has been on display since 2016: a collection consisting 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 563,15 m2, each year 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.
October 2015 is a very special month for us because the doors of the Fundación MAPFRE'S Casa Garriga Nogués exhibition hall were opened in Barcelona. The Fundación MAPFRE Casa Garriga i Nogués gallery is the culmination of collaboration with Catalan culture, developed since the start of our activities. The hall covers and exhibition area of over 2,700 m2 for art representing the beginning of modernity and work by some of the very best masters of photography. The Casa Garriga Nogués gallery is located in an emblematic building in the city, which combines different architectural styles, and rococo decoration, with classic and modernist features.
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 to 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, addressing to children and young people, both at school and family level. We provide two permanent activities on 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. We organize inclusive and specific activities adapted to the needs of the public.
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.