The Fundación Juan March is an active, family-run cultural heritage institution created by the financier Juan March Ordinas in 1955 with the aim of promoting humanistic and scientific culture in Spain. The Foundation's history and an institutional model that ensures its operational autonomy help define its purpose, which finds its expression in a coherent plan of action designed to meet the changing needs of society. Currently that purpose is manifested in a program of free cultural activities organized on a long-term basis at its three venues. This programming reflects the Foundation's commitment to the high quality of its offerings and its aim to benefit the communities that its venues serve.
The Foundation produces exhibitions as well as concert and lecture series. Its headquarters in Madrid houses a library devoted to contemporary Spanish music and theater. It owns and operates the Museo de Arte Abstracto Español, in Cuenca and the Museu Fundación Juan March, in Palma de Mallorca. Its Center for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences (Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Ciencias Sociales), which has granted nearly one hundred doctoral degrees to Spanish students, is currently incorporated within the Instituto mixto Carlos III/Juan March de Ciencias Sociales at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid.
Our art programming involves designing the concept for and putting on exhibitions, which we regard as the public results of a curatorial research process. Our approach over the past decade has been to display thesis-like shows or exhibitions about historically neglected artists and movements while also enhancing the tradition of single-theme exhibitions on key figures in the modern era, which began in 1973, many of them a first for Spain. Many of our exhibitions are complemented by courses, talks and concerts. The Foundation publishes catalogues and other publications in Spanish and English about its exhibitions and its Spanish contemporary art collection holdings, made up of over 1,600 works by Spanish artists, which are shown on a slow rotation basis in the Museo de Arte Abstracto Español de Cuenca (set up in 1966 by Fernando Zóbel and managed by the Foundation since 1981) and the Museu Fundación Juan March in Palma (set up in 1994). The Foundation has received various accolades in recognition of its work in the field of art, including the Medal of Honour of the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts (1976), the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts, presented by the King of Spain (1980) and the Collection Award from the Fundación Arte y Mecenazgo (Foundation for Art and Patronage) (2014).
Our musical programme has a concert scheduled almost every day, totalling approximately 150 each season, covering a broad range of styles, formats and eras. These concerts, most of which are available both live and pre-recorded on the canal march, are held in series arranged around themes, concepts and perspectives, with the aim of encouraging people to listen in different ways, and creating unique aesthetic and intellectual experiences. This mission means our musical programming must explore unusual mises en scène and combinations of works and composers. Alongside the usual concert activity of a chamber hall, the Foundation also organises educational concerts, enhanced with a range of teaching materials, and produces operas, melodramas and other small format musical theatre genres. Many of its concerts are also broadcast on RNE's Radio Clásica and Catalunya Música.
Our programme of talks is arranged in series focusing on philosophy, poetry, narrative, Latin American creativity, theatre and film. The format of these series alternates between a traditional lecture format, sessions in interview style (Conversations at the Foundation, Foundation Reports) and debates (La cuestión palpitante). All our talks are available for free to be listened to on our website or as podcasts for mobile devices. Many of the talks are recorded on video, which are also available on the canal march. We complement our talks with a publication containing a collection of biographies called "Españoles Eminentes" (Eminent Spaniards) inspired by a series of lectures with the same title.
Our library specialises in contemporary Spanish Theatre and Music, Illusionism and Curatorial Studies. The holdings may be freely consulted by researchers in these subject areas, and our website content is also totally free to access. Our online library is made up of 10 portals broken down into thematic knowledge areas, with a catalogue of over 180,000 records, including monographs, sheet music, periodicals, photographs, posters and sketches, as well as original manuscript documents. The Foundation also maintains three personal libraries – those of Julio Cortázar, the painter Fernando Zóbel and academic Francisco Ruiz Ramón. It has also been donated around 15 personal archives of composers and playwrights. It provides bibliographic support to the Foundation's departments and is responsible for preserving the Foundation's own institutional memory. It is a member of various academic networks (HISPANA, REBIUN, SIBMAS and AEDOM).
The Carlos III-Juan March Institute for Social Sciences (IC3JM) is an institute that is jointly financed by the Juan March Foundation and the Carlos III University, and is based on the University's Getafe campus. The IC3JM has taken over the academic staff, activities, programmes and the library of the former Juan March Institute Centre for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (CEACS). The IC3JM is a leading centre of social science research (political science and sociology), as well as advanced postgraduate training. Its research focuses around comparative studies, with a rigorous methodological and theoretical foundation. Over 60 academics pass through the Institute each year, taking part in the various seminars, workshops and academic meetings. The IC3JM has a strong international profile and its members are senior academics from the world's leading universities.