The Fundación María Cristina Masaveu Peterson, which carries on the Masaveu family’s tradition of collecting and patronage, has its own art collection. These holdings, focused in particular on contemporary art, include pieces by acclaimed artists as well as works by up-and-coming creators.
The Collection, which is added to every year, stems from the FMCMP’s wish to support current Spanish art. It has taken shape through purchases and the incorporation of pieces resulting from patronage projects in which prestigious artists are granted absolute free-dom to create unique works that become part of the holdings.
The FMCMP building in Madrid exhibits pieces from the collection for visitors to discover as they walk around. Two of them, resulting from the patronage scheme, have been designed specifically for this space.
THE COURTYARD OF SILENCE
The courtyard of Silence (Jaume Plensa, 2018) visible from the ground and first floors, houses one of the building’s surprises: a 14-metre-high sculpture created by the artist Jaume Plensa specially for this space.
This huge vertical relief represents the immaculate face of an almost adolescent girl who covers her mouth and closes her eyes in a gesture of silence. It inspires a moment of reflection, inviting the spectator to simply enjoy art and beauty.
Jaume Plensa (Barcelona, 1955) is an artist who works with materials, sensations and ideas. His creations explore the human condition and his references encompass literature, poetry, music and thought. He considers himself primarily a sculptor, though his creative process spans a variety of disciplines.
Jaume Plensa regularly shows his work in Europe, the United States and Asia, and a very significant portion is produced for public spaces. Plensa designed this work at the same time as Julia, a public art project executed under the patronage of the Fundación María Cristina Peterson for the city of Madrid.
Haughty (Blanca Muñoz, 2019) was created for the FMCMP building in Madrid. It is Blanca Muñoz’s first hanging piece – a decision conditioned by its intended location in the Fundación’s entrance lobby.
Blanca Muñoz (Madrid, 1963) is one of the most important Spanish sculptors and works chiefly with stainless steel.
Haughty is crafted from perforated steel plate and is suspended in space, defying gravity. Its organic, flowing forms make it extremely light despite the material of which it is made. The subtle hues of its coating create an iridescent effect that causes its colour to change accord-ing to the light it reflects, and its appearance therefore varies depending on the viewpoint from which it is observed.
STREET ART SPACE
In recent years the Fundación María Cristina Masaveu Peterson, true to its commitment to the art of our time, has embarked on a new line of work related to urban art. This exhibition takes you to a space devoted to street art showing works by Banksy, Keith Haring, Vhils and El Muelle alongside pieces produced specifically for the Foundation by young artists such as Queen Andrea, El Rey de la Ruina and Juan Díaz-Faes, among others.
Access only by guided tour. All visits organized by the Foundation are free and are carried out by the center’s mediation team.
Entrevista con Blanca Muñoz
Rafael Mateu de Ros
Entrevista con Jaume Plensa
Rafael Mateu de Ros
Jaume Plensa. Silencio
Jaume Plensa. Julia