Centro de Artes Visuales Fundación Helga de Alvear

The Centre


The Helga de Alvear Foundation is an independently run, non-profit, arts organization, established on the 29th of November, 2006. It was founded in response to Helga de Alvear’s wish to share her collection with the public and thanks also to the intent of several public institutions in Extremadura to provide Caceres with a centre for research, promotion and education in the field of contemporary visual arts.

In this manner Helga de Alvear, the Regional Government of Extremadura, the Provincial Council of Cáceres, Cáceres City Council, the University of Extremadura and the Caja de Extremadura savings bank embarked upon one of the most important cultural endeavours ever undertaken in the region. It will allow for a network of exhibition infrastructures catering to contemporary art to be consolidated in Extremadura. This project offers the public not just one of the best international art collections to be found in Spain, but also a platform for research, promotion and education of contemporary visual arts.


Some time ago, Helga de Alvear decided to share her collection with the world and to turn it into the frame of reference for a project intended to promote, produce, investigate and educate the public about the contemporary visual arts. The initiative was favourably received by the Council of Extremadura and, in accordance with other institutions representing the Autonomous Community, the Town Hall and the Provincial Council of Cáceres, as well as the University and the Caja de Ahorros de Extremadura, the Helga de Alvear Foundation was created in 2006 with the following aims, included in its statutes (in Spanish):

  • To disseminate the works comprising the Helga de Alvear collection through exhibitions, exchanges, publications and computer-based media.
  • To promote, encourage and research into the production of contemporary visual arts in all of their related aspects.
  • To establish the criteria according to which the Cáceres Visual Arts Centre operates as well as to manage it and programme its activities.
  • To conserve the works in the collection and to add to them according to principles based on universality and openness to experimentation and to the most significant range of languages used in art at each moment.

The Cáceres Visual Arts Centre, run by the Helga de Alvear Foundation, is the space in which these actions will take place with two aims in mind: to become an internationally recognised centre and to do so in a way that fully involves everyone through contemplation, criticism, education and creative attitude.

Governing Committees

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the highest committee for governing representing and managingthe Helga de Alvear Foundationwhose main objective is to ensure that the aims of the foundation are fulfilled. At present the Board consists of eleven members, which includes representatives of the Centre’s founding institutions, both private and public: the Council of Extremadura, the Provincial Council of Cáceres, the City Council of Cáceres, the University of Extremadura and the Caja de Extremadura, as well as other members who are private individuals.

Nuria Flores Redondo
Minister of Culture, Tourism and Sports of the Government of Extremadura

Vice President
Helga de Alvear

Luis Salaya Julián
Mayor-President of the City Council of Cáceres

Fernando Javier Grande Cano
Deputy of Culture and Sport of the Hon. Provincial Council of Cáceres

Antonio Hidalgo García
Lord Rector at the University of Extremadura

Miriam García Cabezas
General Secretary of Culture of the Government of Extremadura

José Jiménez

José María Viñuela Díaz

Rafael Fuster Tozer

Vice secretary
María Jesús Ávila

Executive Committee

A permanent body, delegated by the Board of Trustees, responsible for the day-to-day management of the Helga de Alvear Foundation.

Helga de Alvear

José María Viñuela Díaz
Miriam García Cabezas
General Secretary of Culture of the Government of Extremadura

María Jesús Ávila

Technical Staff

María Jesús Ávila

Roberto Díaz

Ángela Sánchez

Carlos Rodríguez Baena

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