ARTISTIC, HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE

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Artistic, historical and cultural heritage: Artistic and cultural heritage.

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 programs 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.

HIGHLIGHT PROJECTS

  • The Iberdrola art collection

    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).

  • Luz y Vanguardias Festival in Salamanca

    For the third year running Iberdrola and the Salamanca Municipal Council have organised a new edition of the Luz y Vanguardias (Light and Avant-Garde Art) Festival, one of the key events on the international artistic use of light calendar, which exhibits and provides exposure for the works of artists who use light as a raw material and express themselves through works that use the plastic arts, video, projections and installation to create their pieces.

    CEO of Iberdrola España Ángeles Santamaría and Salamanca mayor Alfonso Fernández Mañueco have officially opened the third Luz y Vanguardias Festival. Santamaría said what a delight it is to witness the special connections that form between Salamanca's history and heritage and avant-garde art during the festival in the city.

    Presentation of the Salamanca Luz y Vanguardia Festival's third edition, in the Plaza Mayor of the city. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]

    From 14 to 17 June, 2018, locals and visitors will be able to stroll around the streets and enjoy the light art in and on some of the city's most emblematic monuments and spaces in a spectacle that is free of charge and open to all. Luz y Vanguardias has four sections:

    • The curated artists section. The Scottish artist living in Finland, Charles Sandison, will be presenting his work on the exterior of the New Cathedral; the Hispano-Mexican designer Darya von Berner will transform the façade of the University of Salamanca in the Patio de Escuelas, the Valladolid artist Eugenio Ampudia, who received an award at the last edition of ARCO, will display his creation on the Plateresque architecture of the Convent of San Esteban, while a new space for the festival, the recently restored Palacio de Monterrey, will serve as the canvas for the ground-breaking Cantabrian artist Juan López.
    • The international video mapping competition in which independent artists, groups and specialist studios compete against each other. The façade of the Town Hall, in the city's iconic Plaza Mayor (Main Square), formed once again the backdrop for this international competition. The first prize of 15,000 euros was for the Spanish studio VideomappingPro. This year the Salamanca Municipal Council was also awarding a special prize of 5,000 euros on the occasion of the 800th anniversary of the Universidad de Salamanca (Salamanca University). The winner was the Ruman artist Vali Chincisan, thanks to his work Urban Tree. As the winner of the prize of the public, the audience chose the work R-Evolution by the Mexican artist Jesús Gutiérrez Mercado.
    • The young talents exhibition for students from Salamanca's two universities. Ever since it was first held, the Luz y Vanguardias Festival has expressly set out to promote the work being done by the young creators who are learning their crafts at the Universidad de Salamanca (USAL) and the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca (UPSA). Throughout the year, Luz y Vanguardias has been in contact with the lecturers of both universities, has organised workshops and has reserved the emblematic Casa de las Conchas to enable the creatives from both institutions to exhibit their works for the first time before the general public and alongside established artists in this unique and remarkable building.
    • The +Luz section with a parallel programme offered by five of the city's art venues. Luz y Vanguardias is once again showing its commitment to incorporating the city's traditional and alternative art venues into the festival. The four venues that took part last year will be back for more (the DA2 contemporary art centre, the Adora Calvo Gallery, the multidisciplinary venue Espacio Nuca, and the La Salchichería cultural space) and they will be joined for the first time by the Fundación Venancio Blanco, which is dedicated to the brilliant, recently deceased sculptor from Salamanca.

     Dossier of the Luz y Vanguardias Festival in Salamanca (Spanish version) [PDF]

  • 'In lapide depictum. Italian painting on stone, 1530-1555'

    In lapide depictum. Italian painting on stone, 1530-1555, will be open to the public from 17 April to 5 August 2018, at the Museo del Prado in Madrid. The exhibition brings together a selection of nine paintings on monochrome stone — slate and white marble — by Italian painters such as Sebastiano del Piombo, Titian, Daniele da Volterra and Leandro Bassano, which reflect the consolidation of a new approach to artistic techniques that emerged in the early decades of the 16th century. They are displayed alongside classical Roman works and specimens of natural stone that provide a context for the relationship between painting and natural history, geology and archaeology.

     

    'In lapide depictum. Italian painting on stone, 1530-1555', will be open to the public from 17 April to 5 August 2018, at the Museo del Prado in Madrid. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]

    Three of the Prado's works selected for this exhibition have undergone a delicate and thorough restoration, which Iberdrola participated in as a sponsor of the Museo del Prado's Restoration Program. Among them, the Santo Entierro of the Bassano workshop, restored by Alicia Peral, stands out. The work has recovered the volume of each figure and its exact position in the composition as well as the depth of the landscape. In addition, the restoration has discovered brush strokes of gold with which the author achieves the effect of vibration in the lighting in contrast to the dark and deep surface of the slate support.

     More information on this exhibition

  • 'Sorolla and fashion'

    Until 27 May 2018, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and Sorolla Museum (Madrid) host this exhibition, which has been jointly organised by both museums, in collaboration with Iberdrola. 

    'Sorolla and fashion' exhibition. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]

    The exhibition is hosting at both museums at the same time and in a complementary manner, portraying the presence of fashion in Joaquín Sorolla's work. The exhibition makes up of seventy paintings from different museums and private national and international collections — some of which have never been exhibited to the public — in addition to dresses and accessories from the period.

     Press Dossier (Spanish version) [PDF]
     

    Under the awning, on the Beach at Zarauz, 1910. Joaquín Sorolla.

    Under the awning, on the Beach at Zarauz, 1910. Joaquín Sorolla.

  • Royal Pantheon of the Collegiate Church of Saint Isidore of Leon

    Iberdrola has inaugurated a new ornamental lighting scheme in the Royal Pantheon of the Collegiate Church of Saint Isidore of Leon, after carrying out an extensive renovation in accordance with the needs and relevance of this 11th-century chapel.

    The renovation, which was sustained by an investment of 87,000 euros, was made possible by the collaborative agreement between Iberdrola and the Council of the Collegiate Church of Saint Isidore of Leon in June 2017 with the goal of designing and executing an ornamental lighting project in this chapel to highlight the excellence of its cultural heritage.

    Collegiate Church of Saint Isidore of Leon.

    From left to right: the General Director of Heritage for the Government of Castilla y León, Enrique Saiz; the mayor of León, Antonio Silván; the Abbot-President of the Council of Saint Isidore, Francisco Rodríguez Llamazares, and the Director of the Iberdrola España Foundation, Ramón Castresana.

    To bring this project to fruition the company used LED projectors with over 98% colour rendering, which makes it possible to achieve full colour fidelity at a colour temperature very similar to that of sunlight. The benefits of LED technology have also been fully utilised, as this kind of lighting is kinder to the paintings as it emits no infrared or ultraviolet light.

    The design of the ornamental lighting of the domes uses interlaced beams of light to ensure perfect uniformity and avoid high light concentration at the source of the beams, thus lessening light exposure to the paintings.

    Lastly, three natural light sensors were installed to automatically adjust the light level in the Royal Pantheon's interior.

  • 'Pau de Chuva'

    During the week prior to the Annual General Shareholders Meeting, from 5th to 13th April 2018, the Spanish artist Eugenio Ampudia transformed the Iberdrola Tower into a rainstick (pau de chuva). This is an artistic presentation with a very powerful technological and ecological character combining climate data of Bilbao and Brasilia.

    'Pau de Chuva', by Eugenio Ampudia.

    'Pau de Chuva', by Eugenio Ampudia.

    The work of art reflected pulses of light marked by a combination of temperature, atmospheric pressure, environmental humidity and wind strength data of the two cities.

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AREAS OF ACTION

  • Main exhibitions


    BILL VIOLA: RETROSPECTIVE

    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 was 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.

     Discover more about the exhibition

     

    'MEMORY REGAINED'

    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 2017, 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.

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    '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 and Ignacio Videarte.

    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.

    Iberdrola presents 'Francis Bacon: from Picasso to Velázquez' in Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum

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     Press dossier [PDF]
     

    Presentation of the exhibition 'Francis Bacon: de Picasso a Velázquez'
     

    Three Studies for a Crucifixion by Francis Bacon.

    Francis Bacon
    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.

     Exhibition dossier (Spanish version) [PDF]
     

    'Sorolla in Paris' exhibition. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]

  • Cultural events

    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 was 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 aimed 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.

  • Restoration projects

    The Museo del Prado has carried out the restoration of The Triumph of Death by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, one of only two pieces by the artist being conserved in Spain. The restoration happened over 2018 as part of a program sponsored by Iberdrola as a Protector.

    The restoration work, which was carried out by María Antonia López de Asiain and José de la Fuente, have enabled the recovery of the painting's structural stability, real colouring, composition and pictorial technique, which has a strong personality and achieves transparency in the backgrounds and amazing clarity in the foregrounds.
     

    Presentation of 'The Triumph of Death' by Pieter Bruegel the Elder after the restoration process. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]

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    Iberdrola also 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 program 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).

    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]

  • Lighting projects

    Our overriding objective is to improve the state of artistic monuments and singular buildings, promoting energy efficiency and decreasing environmental pollution.

    Iberdrola has unveiled the new exterior lighting of the main entrance on the south facade of the Monastery of the Order of Santiago in Uclés (Cuenca), after undertaking a process of renovation of the ornamental lighting that highlights on the one hand the expanse of the facade and on the other the architectural details of this monument built in 1735. The Chairman of Iberdrola, Ignacio Galán, together with the Bishop of Cuenca, José María Yanguas; the President of the Castilla-La Mancha Regional Government, Emiliano García-Page; and the Secretary of State-Director of the National Intelligence Centre, Félix Sanz Roldán, attended the switching-on of this lighting for which LED technology luminaires have been installed that reduce the total power by 55%, which means a reduction in both energy expenditure and in CO2 emissions to the atmosphere.

    Switching-on of the new exterior lighting of the main entrance on the south facade of the Monastery of the Order of Santiago in Uclés (Cuenca). Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]

    The company and the Royal Tapestry Factory (Madrid) have also finished renewing the institution's lighting system of the restoration workshop, using cutting-edge LED technology solutions. To this end, it has installed 40 lamps and additional lighting devices, which achieve a higher colour rendering, in addition to implementing a control system to adapt the lighting levels to the needs of the restorer.

    The new, more modern and efficient lighting system will help reduce electricity consumption by over 47%, thus reducing the CO2 annual emissions by approximately 3.5 tons.

    New lighting system of the Royal Tapestry Factory (Madrid).

    New lighting system of the Royal Tapestry Factory (Madrid).

    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.

    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.

    Poster of the 2nd edition of the festival.

     Dossier of the 2017 Light and Avant-Garde Festival (Spanish version) [PDF]
     

    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.

    'Prism', winner of the international contest of the Light and Avant-Garde Arts Festival.

     Discover more noteworthy lighting projects developed by the company

  • Publications

    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.

    Presentation of the book of Jesús Mari Lazkano.