Fine Arts Museum of Álava was inaugurated in 1942 at the Palace of Agustín Zulueta, it was built between 1912 and 1916 by the marriage formed between Elvira Zulueta and Ricardo Agustín.
Although the idea of creating a museum that accommodate the scattered works by the province comes from long before, finally in 1940 the Council of Culture of Alava was founded.
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The Museum of Fine Arts of Alava is dedicated to Spanish art from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries and mostly the Basque art from 1850-1950
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At the begining, the Museum of Fine Arts of Alava housed collections of art and archeology, as well as the Library and Archives of Alava. The museum was acquiring deposits of sacred art from the Diocese of Vitoria, of art from the Museo del Prado and of Archaeology of the National Museum of Archaeology. Likewise, also received deposits of local works of the School of Arts and Crafts and deposits from individuals.
Later, it was necessary to expand the museum and seeks for a new venue to the collection of archeology. In 1965 expands the Museum of Fine Arts building a new pavilion to host on a permanent basis the work of painter from Alava Fernando de Amárica
From 1975 begins the collection of contemporary art, constituting one of the most comprehensive collections of Spain. In 1986 the County Council acquired the collection of Playing Cards Don Félix Alfaro Fournier staying at the Museum of Fine Arts until its transfer to Bendaña Palace in 1994.
In 1999 the the Museum of Fine Arts of Alava suffers a major reform after which the funds of religious art moved to the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art. Later in 2002, it moves the funds of contemporary art to the Artium Museum.
On the ground floor of the Museum of Fine Arts in Álava the visitors can see the work related with the Basque art of the period 1850-1950. In this space the visitors can appreciate the evolution of painting from authors such as Juan Ángel Sáez and Antonio María de Lecuona to Ignacio Zuluoaga or Darío de Regoyos among others. Also in this room celebrates temporal exhibitions of own or external funds.
On the first floor the visitors can see works in large formats of the Basque artists. Likewise on this floor the museum has a room dedicated to artist Ignacio Díaz Olano.
In the three rooms of the second floor the art of Alava becomes the protagonist, as the visitors find the collection of the Fernando de Amárica Foundation, deposited permanently. Here you can enjoy the different styles used by the artist as realism, impressionism and expressionism.
In the space of the Museum of Fine Arts belonging to the Palace of Augustine Zulueta the visitors can see the collection of Spanish art of the eighteenth century to the twentieth. This collection is based on traditional scenes as “The Afternoon of the reapers” of Josep Maria Sert, portraits such as Vicente López and Raimundo de Madrazo and landscapes of Aureliano Beruete among others.
The visit to the Museum of Fine Arts can be made throughout the year except Mondays that the museum remains closed.
Price of the entrance 3€
(1€ reduced and 2 € for groups)
Paseo Fray Francisco 8, Vitoria-Gasteiz, teléfono: 945 18 19 18
More information about the Fine Arts Museum of Álava in alava.net
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