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Institut Valencià d'Art Modern

Escena de playa, Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida

The Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (Valencian pronunciation: [instiˈtud valensiˈa ˈðaɾd moˈðɛɾn]; Spanish: Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno; English: "Valencian Institute of Modern Art"), also known by the acronym IVAM, was the first center of modern art created in Spain, opening in 1989 in the city of Valencia. The Institut Valencià d'Art Modern is an important center for modern and contemporary art in Spain and Europe. It is in position 52 of the 100 most visited museums in the world.


The museum shows continuous developments of art and photography of the twentieth century. It offers both a 10,000-strong permanent collection[1] and temporary exhibitions, discussions, courses and conferences, workshops and concerts related to exhibitions organized and other fields of contemporary art. It has two spaces: the Centre Julio González, a new building which opened in 1989 featuring the museum's collection along with other temporary signs and the Board of the Wall, located in the basement of the building that remains of the former Medieval fortifications of the city, and now houses temporary exhibitions.

Jointly organized with the San Diego Museum of Art, IVAM mounted a major exhibition on Joaquín Sorolla in its first year, culling paintings from collections throughout Europe and the United States.[2]

IVAM is run by the Ministry of Culture, Education and Sports of the Valencian Community. Since 2014, José Miguel García Cortés has been the museum's director. His predecessor, Consuelo Císcar, was ousted after ten years at the post, following complaints from local critics, visual artists and gallery owners about the low quality of the museum’s programming and “lack of professionalism in the management”.[3]

Coordinates: 39.48°N 0.382778°W

Laurie Rojas (October 3, 2014), All change at Ivam, Valencia's Modern art museum The Art Newspaper.
Michael Kimmelman (April 15, 1989), Idyllic View of a Darkening Era New York Times.
Laurie Rojas (October 3, 2014), All change at Ivam, Valencia's Modern art museum The Art Newspaper.

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