50 works of art from the BBVA Collection that you can see at the Botánico

The Villanueva Pavilion, located in the Royal Botanical Garden, hosts between September 8 and October 23, 2022 an exhibition with almost fifty pieces distributed in four sections, which propose a meeting between the collection of ancient art and that of the 20th and 21st centuries, reflecting the richness and variety of the BBVA Collection in various media and techniques: painting, sculpture, photography and installation; also some work of video art. Specifically, a cast of 43 artists, such as Luís Vélez, Joaquín Sorolla, David Teniers II, Pablo Palazuelo, Nacho Criado, Ouka Leele, Juan de Soreda or Jaume Plensa, most of them belonging to the BBVA Collection and some on loan courtesy of other collections. The exhibition aims to highlight the importance that spirituality, understood as a universal phenomenon, has had on artistic creation over time.

The opening ceremony was attended by Juan Carlos Hidalgo, director of the BBVA Territorial Center; Desirée Granda, Global Director of Real Estate and Services at BBVA, and the exhibition’s curator, Alfonso de la Torre.

“This exhibition organized by BBVA with funds from our collection arises from our commitment to culture, from the conviction that art and culture are key elements to positively transform people’s lives”, said Desirée Granda during the presentation. The aim is to make available to everyone and share with the public a small but important selection of the 9,000 works that form part of BBVA’s artistic heritage.

The visitor will be able to contemplate how the artists have reflected on and transmitted their own spirituality to their works, each using various resources such as religion, philosophy, light, emptiness, silence, metaphor or symbol. His works evoke the experience of the supernatural, which is an invitation to the viewer to “imagine the extraordinary”.

In addition, the BBVA Collection offers the public guided tours of the exhibition, upon registration, as well as access to an audio guide in Spanish and English that will accompany you on your tour of the different rooms. In the Web page of the BBVA Collection you can get more information about the exhibited pieces, as well as learn about the artists’ biographies and access a selection of pieces commented by the curator.

A journey in four chapters

This exhibition seeks to highlight the importance of spirituality in artistic creation over time, through four sections that range from the origin to the transience of life. In the words of the curator, “he proposes images presented as apparitions, clear and ardent presences that, although they go through different times in the history of art, seem to have arisen in a new moment of time, as if we were granted privileged assistance at the moment of an event” .

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50 works of art from the BBVA Collection that you can see at the Botánico