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Collection of Contemporary Spanish Art

The Contemporary Spanish art collection, which Fundación Juan March began to put together at the start of the 70s, contains more than 600 works, including 527 paintings and sculptures, with the remainder of the pieces being engravings and drawings. A selection of the works has been shown to the public in a touring exhibition that visited a number of Spanish cities. Additionally, the Foundation has lent works from the Collection to other entities for exhibitions both in Spain and overseas.

The pieces that make up the collection have been shown in exhibitions such as "Arte Español Contemporáneo" (Contemporary Spanish Art) and "Grabado Abstracto Español" (Spanish Abstract Engraving). At the end of 1987 the Foundation bought the contemporary Spanish art collection of the American Amos Cahan. This was made up of nearly one hundred works, held in New York. This year the Foundation has exhibited these in various Spanish cities.

The Collection was given a decisive boost by Fernando Zóbel's donation in 1980 of the works that made up the Museum of Abstract Spanish art, based in Cuenca, an extremely valuable sampling of Spanish abstract plastic art. In total the Museum contained 200 works (paintings, sculptures, drawings and other graphic art forms) of 17 Spanish artists, mostly from the generation of abstract artists working in the 1950s.

Since December 1990 Fundación Juan March has exhibited some of the collection in Palma de Mallorca. The Museu Fundación Juan March in Palma has a permanent exhibition of 70 works from 52 Spanish artists of the 20th Century. These include works by Picasso, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Juan Gris, Miquel Barceló, Antoni Tàpies, Eduardo Chillida, Manuel Millares, Antonio Saura, Gustavo Torner and Jordi Teixidor.