Collecting towards the future

Colección del Museo Helga de Alvear

Cáceres, Extremadura

Located next to the historical city centre, a World Heritage Sight, this museum complex comprises three buildings: the first refurbished by Mansilla and Tuñón and another two new constructions designed by Tuñón Arquitectos. The Museo exhibits the collection donated by its founder, Helga de Alvear, made up of a set of works collected over the course of 50 years initially following the criteria of Juana Mordó, and subsequently her own, garnered from her gallery experience and her attendance of international fairs and art events.

The numerous awards and distinction she has received, including the Gold Medal for Merit in the category of Fine Arts from the Spanish Ministry of Culture in 2008, the Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande awarded by the Federal Republic of Germany in 2014 or the International Medal for Arts granted by the Madrid Region in November 2020, along with four other female gallery owners, clearly reflect the key role played by Helga de Alvear in developing Spain’s artistic ecosystem. 

Many of the works in the Collection have graced the rooms of museums the world over, fruit of the loans regularly facilitated by the gallery-owner and collector, finding in Cáceres spaces designed specifically for their permanent exhibition.

With just over 3000 works, the collection of minimalist authors, the works from the Düsseldorf School of Photography and a large number of works produced using contemporary procedures such as videoart, are particularly worthy of note. The international character, the diversity of works and their contemporaneity enable new discourses on the art of our time through temporary exhibitions and the permanent display of iconic works.

In memory of José María Viñuela

Picture: Outside the Helga de Alvear Museum. Photo by Joaquín Cortés

Helga de Alvear Museum

History Corporate Collections

In its focus on supporting talent and driving artistic creation, Fundación Sorigué has built one of the most emblematic private contemporary art collections in Spain, distinguished with the “Arte y Mecenazgo” award from “La Caixa” foundation and the “Premio GAC al Coleccionismo” for its collecting.

Made up of over 450 works, the collection stands out for its distinctly humanistic character and educational vein, bringing together works of art hinging on the most sensitive and emotional dimensions of artistic creation. The passage of time, identity, memory and our relationships with and interest in our environment are the key axes the collection revolves around. The collection is organised into unique pieces from the oeuvre of each artist, alternating renowned international names with others that are lesser known, creating small clusters of works of enormous interest and quality, key to understanding the trajectory of each author. The incorporation of works by artists such as William Kentridge, Julie Mehretu, Antonio López and Doris Salcedo, to mention but a few, have marked different turning points in its development.

Some of the works from the collection are present in PLANTA, an innovative project combining art, architecture, knowledge and landscape. PLANTA presents sites-specific works by benchmark artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Chiharu Shiota and Bill Viola, who bear testament to the evolution and permanence, the tradition and innovation, the limits and origins of humanity.

Ana Vallés
Director of Fundación Sorigue

Our award, as Fundación ARCO rightly acknowledged on granting us the “A” Award for corporate collecting, is underpinned by meticulous care in our selection of artists and works, and also the installation of the collection in a business setting that makes access to it possible for both Bank employees and its shareholders and clients. Similarly, this award also distinguishes the benevolent spirit that has always guided our activity: the artistic and historic value of the works, the brand value and prestige, the decorative function and, above all, the dignification of spaces dedicated to work and relations. Our collection also subscribes to the policy of incorporating young artists who stand out for their creativity and innovation capacity, values that reflect the Bank’s culture.

Miquel Molins
Director of the Banco Sabadell Art Collection

Exhibition Hacia la geometría desde la abstracción.


At DKV we understand art as a tool for expression and creativity that enables us to be aware of the principal problems in our society, of how we react to them and of the prevailing schools of thought in our times.

As health activists we advocate causes such as environmental conservation, women’s well-being, inclusion and the fight against childhood obesity.

A country with no culture is not a healthy country. In this sense, creating a collection has served as an element of communication for all these subjects, for all these concerns. A new way to express what worries us all.

That is why our collection is made up of up-and-coming Spanish artists who represent young, contemporary creativity and thought. Artists who, from their position, help us to reflect on and raise issues and even solutions. The collection addresses the different subjects in a way that is contemporary, assertive, free, creative and, above all, aware.

The collection currently comprises more than 800 pieces by over 300 artists. All the artistic disciplines are represented, from painting to video and everything in between, including photography, drawing and installations.

A body of work which is available to be used in collaboration with museums, foundations and different communication tools, and which continues to grow through grants, prizes and direct acquisitions.

Title: Hacia la geometría desde la abstracción. Colección DKV
Venue: Sala Vimcorsa. Córdoba
Hacia blanco. 2013. Guillermo Mora.
Anélido VII. 2008. Toño Barreiro.
Dos.Interior.Dom.Molina.Día. 2011. Martín Freire.