ARTISTIC, HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE
Social contribution and cultural development
Iberdrola materialises its commitment to culture mainly through patronage, support for new forms of artistic expression and restoration of cultural heritage. The company undertakes this commitment in a sustainable way, by supporting initiatives and programmes oriented to conserving and promoting heritage, and through actions to foster and contribute to the dissemination of the creative force of contemporary culture.
Iberdrola's support for culture, art and society takes the form of restoration and lighting projects in historical buildings, exhibitions arranged in collaboration with various centres, and its art collection. To this end, the Iberdrola-Arte digital space has been created to share, disseminate and provide access to the Group's collection, and offers information on all the company's most outstanding projects in this area.
Iberdrola's vast experience in corporate collecting is at the service of society, by means of lending the works in its collection to museums and exhibitions. It has been recognised with an award from the ARCO Foundation for its careful selection of artists and works, and for its installation in a corporate environment where it can be accessed by both employees and visitors. The ARCO Foundation highlights the work of patronage carried out by Iberdrola as a socially responsible and sustainable company. To see the collection and find out more about exhibitions and events, go to Iberdrola-Arte, or download the free app for iPad at the App Store for iOS (iPad).
After over a decade, artist and video art pioneer Bill Viola's artwork (New York, 1951) returned to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Bilbao between June 30th until November 9th 2017 with a complete tour of his career.
From left to right: Kira Perov, Director of the Bill Viola Studio; Juan Ignacio Vidarte, General Director of the Guggenheim; Bill Viola, artist; Rafael Orbegozo, Head of the Chairman's Office of Iberdrola and Lucía Agirre, Commissioner. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
The retrospective is also a glimpse into the evolution of Viola's work over the course of 40 years and how his language has transformed in keeping with the revolutionary developments in technology and audiovisual techniques, advances that he has been incorporating progressively to his creative productions.
Displayed on the 25th floor of the corporate headquarters, the Memory Regained exhibition offered its audience some insight into the little known contribution made by the Spanish royal family to the creation of the United States of America.
Last May 5, HRM King Felipe visited the exhibition located in Iberdrola Tower accompanied by Unai Rementería, Deputy General of Biscay; Javier de Andrés, Government Representative in the Basque Country; Juan María Aburto, Mayor of Bilbao; Ana Otadui, President of the General Assembly of Biscay and the Chairman of Iberdrola, Ignacio Galán.
It featured a selection of over 200 pieces of artwork, documents, maps, costumes, miniatures and reproductions, and paid special attention to the contribution of the Basque to exploration, navigation and trade, as well as to Basques immigrating to North America, from the start of Hispanic presence in the continent to the 20th Century.
AREAS OF ACTION
'FRANCIS BACON: FROM PICASSO TO VELÁZQUEZ'
The noteworthy patronage work of the company is materialised in a very special way with its permanent collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao, of which it has been its sponsor since it was opened. According to such a commitment, from 30 September to 8 January, 2017, Iberdrola sponsored the exhibition Francis Bacon: from Picasso to Velázquez.
Ignacio Galán, Chairman of Iberdrola; Lucia Aguirre, Commissioner of the exhibition; Ignacio Videarte, Director of the Museum.
A valuable selection of almost 80 of the most important works of the British artist, as well as other less-known works and works of different classical masters that had an impact in this career.
The exhibition delved into the impact of the Spanish and French cultures in Bacon's work, a fervent Francophile and expert in the art of the Spanish classical masters, such as Velázquez, Zurbarán, El Greco or Goya.
"It is a huge satisfaction for Iberdrola to have made this magnificent retrospective possible, which goes through over six decades of work of one of the most important artists of the twentieth century", stated Ignacio Galán, chairman of Iberdrola, after the inauguration of the exhibition.
In addition, with the goal of making art accessible to everyone, the Company sponsored the first open door days of the Guggenheim. This is the first time a private entity has allowed visitors to enter for free, encouraging everyone to visit the museum in Bilbao.
Three Studies for a Crucifixion, March 1962.
Oil with sand on canvas, three panels.
198.1 x 144.8 cm each.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 64.1700.
© The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved. DACS/VEGAP. Bilbao, 2015.
'SOROLLA IN PARIS'
Iberdrola also sponsored the temporary exhibition Sorolla in Paris, exhibited in the Sorolla Museum of Madrid from the 23rd of November to the 19th of March 2017. During the time it was opened it achieved to beat the record of visitors of the Gallery with a total of 116,510 attendees.
After being exhibited in the Kunsthalle Museum of Munich and the Musée des Impressionnismes of Giverny, the exhibition landed in Madrid, organised by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports and the Fundación Museo Sorolla.
Sorolla in Paris brought 66 paintings selected by the painter to be exhibited in the main international exhibitions. A portray of the international recognition of the artist of Valencia since his first trip to Paris in 1885, until his success in the most important collective exhibitions and his recognition as a painter of the aristocracy of his time.
'Sorolla in Paris' exhibition. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
In its commitment to culture and avant-garde art, Iberdrola also supports several major events and donates important works of art.
An example was the donation by the company of the painting Por España y por el Rey, Gálvez en Pensacola to the Spanish Military Culture and History Institute. This work will be on permanent display at the Army Museum in the recently opened room dedicated to General Bernardo de Gálvez in the Alcázar de Toledo.
Furthermore, the Company is a special sponsor of San Sebastián 2016, European Capital of Culture, as a further testament to its belief in the possibility of a better world through knowledge and multicultural dialogue, and the care and maintenance of our cultural richness and diversity. By supporting this event, the company also aims to highlight the interaction between culture, the environment and sustainability.
Another milestone in Iberdrola's commitment to cultural patronage and institutional collaboration is the agreement signed to create a digital version of the forthcoming edition of the Dictionary of the Spanish language, particularly significant in the year commemorating the fourth centenary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes.
Fundación Iberdrola Spain presented the results of the 2017 Iberdrola Museum Program. The initiative is based on the following lines of action of the Conservation and Restoration, Education and Cultural Action Departments of the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum:
Firstly, the programme has funded the annual restoration of a series of works of art of the museum's permanent collection. Moreover, the Iberdrola-Museum scholarship was awarded to promote training and research in this field. Finally, different learning activities were specially designed and carried out for persons with cognitive disabilities or visual impairment, so they could experience and enjoy the collection.
37 works of art have been restored throughout 2017 as part of the program. These have been restored by the Conservation and Restoration Department of the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum. In addition, it is worth highlighting that these pieces have been used for further historical and artistic analysis after their restoration.
The following participated in the presentation event: Ramón Castresana, Director of Fundación Iberdrola; María José Ruiz-Ozaita, Head of the Conservation and Restoration Department of the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, and Miguel Zugaza, Director of the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
Additionally, the supervisors of the Atlantic Romanesque Plan, also sponsored by Fundación Iberdrola and the Regional Government of Castile-Leon and, are working on, are working on the cultural project "Ciudad Rodrigo Cathedral. The door to the kingdom", with the purpose of disseminating the contents of the plan and the actions carried out at the Nuestra Señora de Santa María Cathedral. Conferences, guided visits or cultural activities are only a few of the events of the project. Information about these events will be available soon at the visitor welcome and information point next to the Door of Forgiveness of the Cathedral in Ciudad Rodrigo.
Some of the most interesting events of the project include the Christmas concert held at the cathedral on 22 December at 7:30 pm. The concert will be given by "Scherzo Música de Cámara", with free admission until all seats are taken.
Ciudad Rodrigo Cathedral (Salamanca).
The company has started the second stage of the Atlantic Romanesque Plan (cross-border conservation project) in Boticas and Guimarães, with the purpose of restoring and showcasing the cultural heritage of the north of Portugal. During this stage, it has restored the Romanesque churches of Covas del Barroso and Serzedelo.
Covas del Barroso Romanisque church. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
In Spain, Iberdrola, as the Benefactor of the Prado Museum Restoration Workshop, has once again organised the annual restoration research grants, a program that started in 2011. One of the main roles of the Prado Museum is to guarantee the protection and preservation of the Spanish Historical Heritage for which it is responsible. A large part of this work falls to the Museum's Restoration Area, made up of 31 specialists from various interdisciplinary departments whose joint efforts enable preventive conservation, study and analysis and, when necessary, restoration of the works of art.
The purpose of these grants is to complete the training of future specialists and promote research in the restoration field.
Prado Museum Restoration Workshop. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
At the same time, the company, with the collaboration of the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, has recently restored the Meeting place IV (1973-1974) monumental sculpture of Basque artist Eduardo Chillida, exhibited inside the building and welcoming all visitors.
Chillida's installation at the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum.
These activities are part of the Iberdrola-Museum program, which addresses different preservation and restoration techniques used on the museum's artistic heritage every year.
Iberdrola is a benefactor of the Prado Museum Restoration Program too and, as such, has restored the monumental bronze head of Demetrius I, Macedonian military leader, and finally king of Macedon, an exceptional piece due to its dimensions and quality, which is now exhibited for the first time after its restoration.
Demetrius Poliorcetes, dated circa 307 AC, after restoration.
The restoration process has required the elimination of resin, adhesives, protective and polishing materials from old interventions on the bronze surface, as well as the relocation of some fragments to their original place and the design of new punctual and reversible fixing systems.
Recently, and also at Prado Museum, the Company collaborated on the restoration of the portrait of Philip III by Velázquez which was donated by William B. Jordan to American Friends of the Prado Museum before being transferred to the Prado. This latest donation will help complete the study into the royal portraits by Velázquez as it will help researchers understand another of the painter's masterpieces which dates back to the start of his time as court painter, The Expulsion of the Moriscos.
'Portrait of Philip III' by Velázquez (second on the right) in the Prado anteroom of the central
gallery. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
Iberdrola also partnered with the Museum to create the 2017 Academic Chair: The Painting Restoration Workshop at the Prado Museum: Tradition and Innovation, which, as its name indicates, was dedicated to restoration and various aspects related to caring for masterpieces.
Restoration of a painting in the Prado Museum Restoration Workshop.
Our overriding objective is to improve the state of artistic monuments and singular buildings, promoting energy efficiency and decreasing environmental pollution.
Iberdrola has recently upgraded the lighting system installed on the first floor of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of St. Ferdinand, where the works of the old masters are exhibited, improving the levels of lighting to enhance the experience of visitors, while preserving these works of art better.
Upgrading the lighting system on the first floor of the Museum. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
Likewise, as part of the activities from 11 to 14 October that commemorated the 20 years of existence of the Guggenheim Museum, the emblematic Frank Gehry building became the canvas for an impressive artistic interpretation thanks to Reflections, a free large-scale video mapping performance, open to the public with the collaboration of Iberdrola. The result: two decades of history and creativity in Bilbao through light, texture and movement.
The Museum of Contemporary Art of Bilbao celebrates its 20th anniversary.
Also in summer, between 15 and 18 June, was inaugurated the second edition of the Light and Avant-Garde Arts festival, a festival filled with light and colour that illuminated the city of the Tormes.
Poster of the 2nd edition of the festival.
French artists Studio Echelon Mapping received an award from the hands of the mayor of Salamanca for their work Prism, given by the jury. The €15,000 prize was given by a jury of art, image and communication experts, who chose the best proposal out of nine pieces, submitted from five different countries, and which were projected every night on the façade of the City Hall.
'Prism', winner of the international contest of the Light and Avant-Garde Arts Festival.
Iberdrola actively collaborates in the edition of different prestigious works:
- Monograph Jesús Mari Lazkano: his pictorial imaginary has been brought together in a book published with the collaboration between Iberdrola and San Sebastián 2016. An invitation to travel and delve into the artist paintings (born in Bergara, in 1960) during his over three decades of work.
Presentation of the book of Jesús Mari Lazkano.
- México: Ensayo de un mito (2016) [PDF]
- Figured, figurations, figurants. To be or (perchance) to dream (2015) [PDF]
- Entre chien et loup, works from the Meana Larrucea Collection (2011) [PDF]
- Edwin van der Heide transforms the atrium of Azkuna Zentroa with 'Elevated Projection', an installation of light and sound, thanks to Iberdrola's support
- Iberdrola donates painting titled 'For Spain and for the King, Gálvez in Pensacola' to the Spanish Army Museum in Toledo
- Iberdrola officially inaugurates the new lighting installations of the City Council of Donostia / San Sebastián
- Iberdrola presents 'Francis Bacon: from Picasso to Velázquez' in Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum
- Iberdrola, special sponsor of San Sebastián 2016 (Spanish version)
- Iberdrola hace posible el Festival de Luz y Vanguardias de Salamanca (Spanish version)
- Fundación pro-RAE and Iberdrola enter into agreement to build the digital base for the next edition of the Dictionary of the Spanish Language (Spanish version)