Art in Sevilla
The most famous museum in Sevilla is the Museum of Fine Arts (Museo de Bellas Artes) in the Plaza del Museo, which houses a collection of works by famous artists from around the world. On Sundays there is an art market held in the square in front of the museum. Across the river, inside the monastery in Cartuja is the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo. This gallery runs temporary exhibitions of modern art, which often include video installations and vanguard art.
The Taller Del Pasaje, located at Calle Pasaje Mallol 10, was founded in 1991 as a space to discover, explore and practice graphic art techniques. The large workspaces allow artists to experiment with different techniques and develop their works using the latest technology. The studio also reserves space exclusively for exhibitions and cultural activities. During June and July they offer classes in lithography and silk screening. Visit during the months leading up to Semana Santa to observe the artists creating religious decorations for the Holy Week floats.
There are similar workshops all around the center of Sevilla. Next to the Asociación Antigua, near Plaza de San Marcos, are a number of workshops where, above all, artists work on items for Semana Santa and Sevilla’s many churches. Pinillo on Calle Júpiter, about five minutes from Puerta Osario, is another large work space. There you will find a number of artists’ workshops ranging from potters, printers, mechanics, carpenters to decorators. Manuel Rivero, for example, has been making “wedding coins,” a symbolic part of the Spanish wedding ritual, in his studio for the last eighteen years.
The largest and most varied workspaces in the center of Sevilla are in the Plaza del Pelicano 4, in the San Julian neighborhood. There are not only workshops but also dance studios, rehearsal rooms and even a stable for horses. Some of the workshops are more traditional while others are more modern or alternative. Each visit to Plaza del Pelicano is unique, as each artist has very different working hours. For example, Encarnación Hurtado and Francisco Gracía specialize in wood and clay sculptures for Semana Santa, while Marcos Domínguez Alonso works with clay, wood and different types of stone such as marble. Before moving to Sevilla, he studied in Paris for three years and also in Croatia and Almería. While you’re there, you will also probably see works by Francisco José Espinosa Cantalejo, a sculptor and bronze worker. Some of his works include the Giraldillo, the Cathedral’s emblematic weather vane.
The theatre groups Teatro Crónico and Toto el Payaso & Cia are also based in Plaza del Pelicano, and musicians and groups such as Cantores de Hispalis 25, Xani and the Blues Blasters occasionally rehearse there.
The city hall and the state organize a variety of exhibitions around the city, often held in important historic monuments and buildings. Next to the theatre La Fundición is the Casa de la Moneda where Sevilla’s money was minted centuries ago. Now it is an exhibition centre for sculpture. The Lonja Del Postigo on calle Arfe is an arts market which also shows paintings, photographs and sculpture by Sevillian and national artists.
The Sala San Hermengildo, near El Corte Inglés , forms part of the artistic history of Sevilla. In the past it was the home to the parliament and a church. Its singular oval form adds to its beauty and sense of luxury. This space now specializes in large scale exhibitions of paintings and sculptures that run throughout the year.
Other notable centers are the Sala Santa Inés, part of the Juna de Andalucía, the Convent of Santa Maria de los Reyes, the Fundación Jose Manuel Lara on Calle Fabiola, and the Nave Barranco tourism office near the Isabel II Bridge.
There are various galleries in the center of Sevilla that exhibit paintings, sculptures, prints and contemporary photography. Many exhibitions are planned up to two years in advance and often they only show works by artists known in Andalucía and Spain. You will see high quality art, but it is generally quite conservative. You can see all of the galleries in the center in an afternoon.
There are a few younger and more alternative galleries. The more vanguard art can be found at creative workshops such as the Gallery Taller del Pasaje and the Sala de eStar, as well as other sites we have mentioned. The Asociación de Galerías Andaluzas holds exhibitions in its ten rooms in the center. Rafael Ortiz on Calle Marmoles 12 has been exhibiting works by celebrated artists since 1984. Félix Gómez has two galleries in which he exhibits work by well-known artists as well as new talent. The gallery run by Pepe Cobo, at Plaza Cristo de Burgos 5-6 Bajo is also important in Sevilla.
Around Plaza Alfalfa there are a number of exhibition spaces such as Galería Birimbao on Calle Alcázares 5, Galería Cavecanem on Calle San José 10, and Galería Vírgenes.
Art in Theatres, Bars and Cafes:
The Taberna Anima on Calle Miguel del Cid 80, is an important place for new talent. Peter, the owner, supports the training of new artists, and gives them the opportunity to put on their first individual shows. Many have gone on to become famous prize winners such as Paco Broca, Antonio Perumanes, Juan Carlos Benigno Busútil, David López Panea and Matías Sánchez. The exhibitions change every two weeks.
Nearby is the Sala Cero, an alternative theater which also holds exhibitions. Many bars around Alameda such as La Sirena, La Bruja, Platea, El Hércules Mítico and El Central all hold small exhibitions. Also check out the Facultad de Bellas Artes, el Pabellon de Uruguay and the Centros Civicos.
The International Festival of Action Art in Sevilla Containers is a project which was originated by the multidisciplinary performer Rubén Barroso, with the consideration that it was necessary to prepare a space for the development of action art in the south, as a meeting point and link between local, national and international performers and the audience itself. The aim is to connect research and action and multidisciplinary experimentation with the audience, allowing them to participate in present day creation. To this end, the audience participation side of things was given a boost: actions and street performance, also allowing for proposals of theater, lectures, exhibitions and encounters with action, its relevance and the new ideas which arise in this field on a daily basis.
In its short life span, Containers has become a point of reference for action in Spain and one of the few festivals dedicated exclusively to the development of performance. In past festivals, performers from Mexico, the United States, Barcelona, Madrid, Sevilla, Cordoba and Bilbao have taken part, thus providing a boost for new talent and showing the creations of established performers. For further information, please consult centrodeaccion.com.
We hope you enjoy the beautiful art here in Sevilla and consider joining us on one of our upcoming trips!
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