Progress through culture
According to Unesco, “Culture forms a fundamental dimension of the development process, and helps to strengthen independence, autonomy and identity...". Following this principle of culture as a basic tool for the development of societies, we work with the aim of putting this asset within the reach of everyone, and hence put into action one of the ideals of the Foundation: to return back to society part of the benefits obtained from it.
We invest money, work and hope to bring art closer to citizens, through exhibitions, activities and publications, both for specialists and the general public.
At your side wherever you are
We want to reach all possible targets of our activities. To do this, we promote the creation and dissemination of our projects to a maximum, in our website and social networks in a virtual environment. This enables all users to enjoy them, even if they cannot come to our art galleries, or wish to complement their experience in the digital world.
We do virtual visits and VR visits to exhibitions to facilitate access to their contents. We also publish catalogs of the exhibitions in hard copy, and in the majority of cases, in several languages, in order to ensure that art and history reaches a wider public.
One million visitors to our website endorse our efforts. We now have 100,000 followers on Facebook, 60,000 on Twitter and 13,000 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. Here you will find works of particular significance in photography, painting, drawing and engraving, belonging to our collection.
The art of displaying art
We have organized over a hundred exhibitions in the past thirty years. 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 century to the mid 20th century.
Since 2009. we have undertaken photography projects, a field in which we are an international benchmark. 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. It is also possible to visit the Espacio Miró at this venue: it is a collection opened in December 2016, consisting of sixty-five works by Joan Miró and five by Alexander Calder. This is a permanent exhibition and with works under deposit for at least five years.
The Bárbara de Braganza 13 exhibition room, with a surface area of 868 m2, each year holds photography exhibitions by well-established masters. The photography program started in 2009 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.
In 2016, 1,400,000 people visited the 22 exhibitions we organized in Spain and other countries of the world.
In 2015, we opened our exhibition room 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. In this gallery, we hold exhibitions focused on the start of pictorial modernity (1850 - 1950) and on the great masters of photography. The exhibition room covers over 2,700 m2 and is located in an emblematic building of the city, which combines different architectural styles, and rococo decoration, with classic and modernist elements.
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 in the collection, owing to its essential role as a language of the 20th century, and its unique capacity to document and capture reality. Our collections are available to everyone in the website and in Google Art Project.
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, addressed to children and youth, 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 works. 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 develop the active participation of young visitors to our exhibitions through “Photography contest for young visitors”.
We attend to groups with special needs
Our educational departments dedicates special attention, to facilitate access and knowledge of its activities to 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.