The María Cristina Masaveu Peterson Foundation’s Contemporary Art Collection was created in 2007 as a result of the foundation’s determination to support and sponsor the Spanish art circuit. It has grown principally through purchases made at international art fairs, especially Arco Madrid and parallel events. Other works have also been incorporated based on contractual purchases by artists involved in the cultural projects organised by the institution since its creation. Although it is still under development, it is already a unique collection, based on support and respect for the art of our time, in which, at all times, those in charge of the Foundation have invested in the creative liberty and characteristic heterogeneity of the contemporary panorama. The María Cristina Masaveu Peterson Foundation’s Contemporary Art Collection is an exemplary sponsorship stimulus for the trajectory of the acquired brands, whose ethic and aesthetic offer hovers between purity, tradition and modernisation.
The collection is focused on the promotion and dissemination of culture, education and the development of contemporary art, which also includes references to more or less recent pasts. Therefore, as a whole, hybrid languages, multiple readings and a widely understood eclectic outlook prevail, seeking excellence in contents compared to just any fleeting dogma. They are works that overlap both formally and conceptually, exploring the hybridisation and the new expectations of our environment.
The María Cristina Masaveu Peterson Foundation’s Contemporary Art Collection represents interdisciplinary harmony which serves as a true mirror of its space and time. They are the individual symbols of the Collection’s patrimonial desire, combining the experimental fingerprint of several international, Spanish and foreign artists, with the expressive force of many upcoming young people whose work is based fundamentally on experimentation. Work which, based on the established acquirement criteria, represents a clear positioning towards the future panorama of international contemporary art.
The majority of the María Cristina Masaveu Peterson Foundation’s Contemporary Art Collection is formed by its photography collection, although there are also different disciplines such as painting, sculpture and installation. The choice of photography as a brand value responds to the modern criteria of this young institution in its pursuit to defend an evolving discipline, full of fusion and outlooks towards other fields, and nourished by a permanent technological renovation, making it possible to question and analyse realities through several perspectives.
María Cristina Masaveu Peterson, a woman of her time, open to modernity, with a liberal spirit, cultured and sensitive, generous and committed to a great number of social causes, had acute emotional intelligence and deep convictions. She lived her life with the utmost discretion, responding to her impulses and passions in a natural manner. The collection continues to grow based on her principles.
Ángel Antonio Rodríguez
Writer and Art Critic