Social contribution and cultural development

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 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.


  • 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).

  • 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 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.

     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, 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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  • Main exhibitions


    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.


    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 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.

  • Restoration projects

    Iberdrola, as the Benefactor of the Prado Museum Restoration Workshop, has once again organised the annual restoration research grants, a programme 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]

    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.

    Chillida's installation at the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum.

    These activities are part of the Iberdrola-Museum programme, 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 Programme 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.

    The bronze head will be exhibited as an outstanding piece of art between 12 June and 17 September at the lower Goya roundabout of the Villanueva building.

    Demetrius Poliorcetes.

    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]

    The restoration, which began in January 2016 and concluded in May 2017, was extremely complicated given the painting's size and the condition it was in.

    Iberdrola has also partnered with the Museum to create its upcoming 2017 Academic Chair: The Painting Restoration Workshop at the Prado Museum: Tradition and Innovation, which, as its name indicates, will be dedicated to restoration and various aspects related to caring for masterpieces.

    The conferences hosted by restorers from the workshop will provide an approach to this highly specialised discipline, whose activity is backed by a partnership with Iberdrola as member benefactor of the Restoration Programme, and address a wide variety of topics concerning the treatment of masterpieces from maestros such as Tiziano and Goya; and collections facing different sorts of problems.

    You can sign up with the online form at the Museum's website between June 1st and September 25th. Moreover, 20 scholarships will be conferred to professionals who are no older than 35 years of age with a postgraduate degree related to the content of the course.

    Museo del Prado Restoration.

    Restoration of a painting in the Prado Museum Restoration Workshop.

    Without leaving the Gallery, it also celebrates the third anniversary of the birth of Carlos III with the opening of a special facility at the Villanueva building: Carlos III, hunter by Francisco de Goya. Relationships and differences. The recent restauration of the Portrait of Carlos III, hunter by Goya, a work that is part of the Museum's Restauration programme sponsored by Fundación Iberdrola Spain, reveals a painting of extraordinary quality whose technique powerfully depicts the portrayed character and demonstrates that it was painted independently, thus changing today's idea that it followed the model coined by Antón Rafael Mengs in his painting of circa 1765. The possibility of making a comparison between the two originals is accessible to the public for the first time at this facility.

    Carlos III, hunter, by Francisco de Goya.

    Carlos III, hunter, Francisco de Goya, oil on canvas, 207 x 126 cm, circa 1786, Madrid, Prado Museum.

    Iberdrola also sponsors the Conservation and Restoration programme of the Museum of Fine Arts of Bilbao offering grants for the study and treatment of a series of works in its permanent collection, as well as a training scholarship in the Conservation and Restoration department.

    Throughout 2016, Iberdrola's Conservation and Restoration programme has worked on the following pieces: Burlesque feast (c. 1550), of the Dutch master Jan Mandijn; The meal (c. 1921-1922), by Alberto Arrúe; two paintings, —No title (c. 1972) and No title [Poxpolinak (Arias Navarro)] (c. 1978)—, by Vicente Ameztoy and, finally, the copper sheet of Saint Peter Nolasco (c. 1739), by Antonio González Ruiz and its corresponding reproduction print, dated the same year, by Juan Bernabé Palomino. Likewise, the section with works on paper has continued with the work that started two years ago, restoring 12 drawings of the end of the XIX century of the artist of Bilbao, Roberto Laplaza.

    Press release (Spanish version) [PDF]

    Antonio González Ruiz, Saint Peter Nolasco, c. 1739.

    (Navarre, 1711-Madrid, 1788)
    Saint Peter Nolasco, c. 1739
    Oil on copper. 42.5 x 30 cm
    Legacy of don Laureano Jado in 1927

    Additionally, Iberdrola has inaugurated an exhibition on the restoration of the tapestries from the College of the Patriarch, a number of large-format hangings dating from the early 16th century that were donated by Juan de Ribera to the Royal College of Corpus Christi in Valencia. The exhibition will run until 13 January next. The Patriarch's tapestries belong to a golden age in tapestry-making. They have been dated as being from between 1500 and 1530, a period when the production of Flemish tapestries reached its greatest splendour. The collection consists of three tapestries from the Moralities series, two from the Parable of the Vineyard series and another one titled Scenes from the Life of Solomon.

    Those in attendance at the inauguration event included the President of the Generalitat of Valencia, Ximo Puig; the Chairman of the Fundación Iberdrola España, Manuel Marín; the Dean of the Royal Seminary College of Corpus Christi, Mariano Ruiz; and the General Administrator of the Royal Tapestry Factory, Alejandro Klecker.

    La llamada de los operarios.

    The Atlantic Romanesque Restoration Plan  is an ambitious restoration and maintenance project of 24 Romanesque temples in Salamanca, Zamora and Portugal carried out by Iberdrola in collaboration with the Portuguese Ministry of Culture and the Regional Government of Castile-Leon. The impact of the plan goes above and beyond the scope of the restoration to become a genuine driving force for social regeneration. The company undertakes other actions for the recovery and conservation of historic and artistic heritage through the Fundación Iberdrola España.

     Restoration projects

  • 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 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.