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Frank Thiel, James Casebere, David Claerbout, Candida Höfer and Joseph Kosuth in Helga de Alvear Collection

The opening exhibition that will be hosted in the new building reveals the character of the Helga de Alvear Collection and manifests the Museum’s purpose of facilitating a plurality of experiences revolving around art. The show offers a vision of a part of contemporary artistic creation through which to decipher the idiosyncrasy of our time.

For this exhibition, José María Viñuela, Helga de Alvear Foundation board member, Collection conservator and general curator for opening events has had the challenge of selecting 150 pieces: approximately 5% of the entire Collection that Helga de Alvear will donate to the institution.

The exhibit is distributed on four levels, encompassing approximately 3000 square meters of exhibition space and, above all else, grants the possibility of exploring large format sculptures and installations from a first person perspective, as well as paintings, photographs, drawings and video installations by over 100 different artists.

Artists from 26 different nations, with a large presence of Spanish (nearly one third), American and European creators, and also powerful examples from other parts of the globe – from Vietnam, Venezuela, South Africa or South Korea, to Hungary, Brazil, Switzerland – generate new constellations in the ever-changing cosmos of contemporary art.

Now that borders represent a limitation to our mobility, the Museum facilitates an oasis for physically distant geographic meetings, leaving the discovery of possible common ties, ideas and shapes that dissolve the relevance of our origins, in the hands of the visitor.

Taking advantage of the space purposely created to house the works, and keeping in mind the objective of using it to exhibit pieces that had never before been on display were key parameters in obtaining a result that would guarantee an inviting approximation to the infinite depth of the Collection.

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