Centro de Artes Visuales Fundación Helga de Alvear


Reservation request

The plan to create a Visual Arts Centre whose work would revolve around education and discussion of subjects concerning visual artists and the society of our day, would not be possible if, when using temporary exhibitions focussing on contemporary art, it did not build the necessary bridges reaching out towards exploration and debate, towards platforms built for dialogue and interaction and towards the dissemination of information from other theoretical and creative fields related to visual arts. During this first stage of the Centre, these matters will be dealt with by means of guided tours. These tours will be either general, for the general public, or will focus their attention on specific theoretical or artistic aspects of a particular exhibition. In addition, the guided tours for groups with reservations will cater to schools or to any other group requirements.
All of these tours are free of charge.


guided tours for groups with reservations

As complementary educational activities for its temporary exhibitions, the Visual Arts Centre offers guided tours for groups. These tours seek to expand, spread and build knowledge about the visual arts, in general, and about the concepts, works of art and artists featured in exhibitions, in particular.
The visits are adapted to the needs of each group –age, academic level, and specific curricular requirements– and also cater to a variety of standard educational levels for groups of infant, primary, secondary and college pupils. Teachers or supervisors can discuss the specific angle they would like to tackle with their group with the Centre’s staff prior to their visit.

  • Free | Reservations must be made at least 10 days before
  • Availability: Tuesday to Friday, between 10.00 and 13.00.
  • Length: From 1 to 1.30 hours
  • Number of people: 30 (if the number of people exceeds this limit there is the possibility of splitting into 2 groups which will perform the guided tour at the same time)
  • Guided tours are also available for people with disabilities



general guided tours

For anybody who is not part of a group, school or association, the Visual Arts Centre offers guided tours of its temporary exhibitions. General guided tours are a good place to find out more about an exhibition or to see it for the first time, and they are held on the first Thursday of each month at 18:00 (from October to May), at 20.00 (in June and July) and on the first Friday of the month at 12:00 (in August). If Thursday is festive day o bank holiday the guided visit will be make the following Thursday.

  • Free | No prior reservation required
  • Consult upcoming visits


themed tours

On the last Thursday of each month, in the evening, the Centre offers a tour of the temporary exhibition. These themed tours focus on a particular, aspect, concept or matter and seek to provide visitors with new ways to explore or interpret the exhibition, its artists and the works on display in it. If the last Thursday is festive day o bank holiday the themed tours will be make the previous Thursday.

  • Free | No prior reservation required
  • Consult upcoming visits


On occasion of the opening of the Visual Arts Centre Helga de Alvear Foundation, on the 4th of June, for the first time in Spain Hans Ulrich Obrist -co-director of Exhibitions and Programmes, and director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery in London- held a number of live interviews with some leading international artists whose work is included in the Centre’s collection

The international fair Art 41 Basel was where the new Visual Arts Centre Helga de Alvear Foundation was presented to the world, as part of the fair’s Art Salon programme.

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