Banco Santander Collection, with new eyes

Collection Banco Santander, which holds more than a thousand pieces collected over 150 years, is atypical. Actually, it is a collection of collections, as it has been nourished by the artistic funds of institutions that have joined her in her story. In the case of Banco Urquijo, Banco Hispano Americano, the Central Bank and, more recently, Banesto. The result is one of the most important private collections of our country. Since 2006 has its own headquarters: the Art Gallery of Grupo Santander City in Boadilla del Monte (Madrid), 3,000 square meters, which is displayed for a few months of the collection. For some years, coinciding with ARCO, this gives way to important international collections. They have already gone through it, among others, Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Isabel and Agustín Coppel or Qatar Museums, to name just three examples. "Women dressing" of José Gutiérrez Solana COLLECTION BANCO SANTANDER Until December 22, we can see a renewed selection of his collection: about 160 pieces, ranging from the sixteenth century to the present and among which there are some new features to highlight, like María Beguiristain, responsible for the artistic coordination of Banco Santander Foundation explains. José Gutiérrez Solana is the artist best represented in it with 31 works (29 paintings and two drawings). He devotes a monographic space with twelve pictures. Sees the light for the first time "Mexican Barros" in which the artist pays homage to his father by his Mexican origins. With his pictorial work, the literary present: on a table books are exhibited. They also have their own space Alcora ceramics. Of the 70 pieces exhibited treasures 7. And the collection Banco Santander welcomes not only paintings, drawings and sculptures names like Juan de Juanes, Luis de Morales, Tintoretto, Rubens, Gregorio Fernández, Van Dyck, Alonso Cano, El Greco, Zurbarán, Valdés Leal, Arellano, Sert (has a splendid collection of works), Mir, Sorolla, Picasso, Tàpies, Chillida, Miró, Serra, Barceló, Kapoor or Cristina Iglesias, but also ceramics, porcelains, tapestries, furniture , watches, coins and banknotes. "Doña Juana de Mendoza with a dwarf," Sanchez Coello- COLLECTION BANCO SANTANDER Although it takes a while without making acquisitions, including the latest highlights "Doña Juana de Mendoza with a dwarf," Sanchez Coello, a large canvas was bought thanks off some pieces that "did not meet the characteristics suitable to all." Debugging collections is a common practice in major public and private collections in Europe and the United States. Another of the paintings recently joined the collection is "dancing in coffee News of Seville" Sorolla, who was part of the exhibition "Sorolla y America" ​​in the Mapfre Foundation. Along with this renewal in assembling the collection, it has published a new catalog, revised and updated twelve years after the edition of 2005. It involved more than 40 specialists and contains works of the 140 most important artists in the collection. There are also interesting news here: new investigations have attributed to Agustín Esteve a "Portrait of a Man" (hanging in the halls) and Evert Collier a "Vanitas" hitherto anonymous author.


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