Fifty years of culture and research in Spain: the Juan March Foundation (PDF, 62 MB)

José Manuel Sánchez Ron, physicist, science historian and winner of the 2015 National Essay Award for his work "The world after the revolution – physics in the second half of the 20th Century". He is also author of the book "Fifty years of culture and research in Spain: the Juan March Foundation", written in 2005 to mark our 50th anniversary. This book covers many of the key points in our history and contains a CD with excerpts from many of the Foundation's lectures.


Year Descripción
2014 New free admission entry system with numbered tickets for events at the Fundación.
New music programme focused on the Chamber Music Theatre. It begins with the operetta Cinderella, with music and text by Pauline Viardot (1821-1910).
All our art catalogues from 1973. The complete contents of 182 catalogues of exhibitions organised in Madrid, Cuenca and Palma since 1973 are freely and openly accessible from February.
The Fundación Juan March receives the Grand Cross of the Order of Dos de Mayo from the Community of Madrid.
2013 Julio Cortázar online on the Fundación Juan March website.
New activity from October, Memories of the Fundación
2012 The Fundación Juan March and the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid sign an agreement to create the Carlos III – Juan March Social Sciences Institute.
2011 Start of new lecture format, "Conversations at the Foundation", and presentation of second Silent Cinema series: Literary Adaptations. Creation of Clamor, online music portal that will bring together all concert performances of Spanish music held in the Foundation since 1975.
2010 Launch of new lecture format with "Intellectual Autobiography" and start of the first Silent Cinema series, dedicated to Melodrama and Star System. The Foundation joins Facebook, Twitter and Youtube and sets up own video channel (march.es) for its lectures, concerts and exhibitions.
2009 “Music on Mondays” program begins. Fundación Juan March redesigns and expands its exhibition galleries and the lower level of its Madrid headquarters.
Fundación Juan March’s museum in Palma de Mallorca changes its name to Museu Fundación Juan March and inaugurates a new gallery dedicated to the graphic arts with an exhibition centered on its recent acquisition, Picasso’s Minotauromaquia (1935), and also publishes a new collection catalogue.
2008 “Poetry and Theater” program begins. Fundación Juan March offers free access on its website to audio recordings of more than 2,000 lectures given at its Madrid headquarters from 1975 onwards.
RNE (Radio nacional de España/National Radio of Spain) begins broadcasting its new program, “Música sobre la March(a),” live from the Fundación Juan March. CEACS (Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Ciencias Sociales/Center for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences) initiates a change in its program, focusing on the promotion of post-doctoral research though the hiring of Ph.D. researchers and newly designed activities.
2006 “Thematic Mondays” and “Poetry and Narrative” programs begin.
2005 November 4, Celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Fundación Juan March
2004 Opening of the “Poetics and Poetry” Sessions
2003 Museu Fundación Juan March, Palma de Mallorca, expands its space and number of works exhibited.
2002 III Grant for Basic Research, in the amount of € 901,518, is awarded to Francisco Sánchez Madrid.
1999 More than 531,000 people attend 277 cultural acts organized by the Fundación Juan March in Spain and other countries.
1993 Medal of Honor from the City of Barcelona to the Fundación Juan March, for its contribution to the enrichment of the cultural life of the city.
1991 Centre for International Meetings on Biology (CRIB) is created within the Instituto Juan March de Estudios e Investigaciónes.
1990 March Collection opens at the Museu Fundación Juan March in Palma de Mallorca.
1987 Book-review magazine SABER/Leer is published.
1986 Instituto Juan March de Estudios e Investigaciónes is created and under its direction commences the activities of the Center for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences (CEACS).
1985 Foundation’s collection of Goya prints begins an extensive international tour. President of the United States gives a speech at the Foundation.
1983 “Cultural Albacete” Program commences. Library of Contemporary Spanish Music opens.
1982 March 6, the King and Queen of Spain visit the Mondrian exhibition.
1981 Four-year plan of grants in Molecular Biology, Territorial Autonomies, and European Studies.
1980 Medal of Honor for Merit in the Fine Arts awarded by Spanish government. Fernando Zóbel donates his art collection in the Museo de Arte Abstracto Español in Cuenca to the Foundation.
1977 Opening of Library of Contemporary Spanish Theater.
1976 Medal of Honor from Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. Opening of general library.
1975 Inauguration, on January 24, of the new and current headquarters of the Foundation (Castelló, 77). Construction completed on the Instituto Flor de Maig, donated to the delegation of Barcelona.
1974 Book collection “Tierras de España” begins publication.
1973 With “Arte 73,” inaugurated in Seville on November 14, the Foundation initiates its exhibition program in Spain and abroad.
1972 Specialized Grants in Biology and Sociology.
1971 First Research Programs are established.
1960 Foundation acquires codex of "Poema del Mío Cid" and donates it to Spanish State.
1957 Start of annual convocation of Study and Creative Grants, for Spain and abroad.
1956 First March Awards are bestowed.
1955 Fundación Juan March founded November 4.