##The Institut Valencià d’Art Modern or IVAM was the first centre of modern art created in Spain, opening in 1989. It is located at the Julio González centre and houses the museum collection, alongside other temporary exhibitions. Like the name suggests, those who enjoy contemporary and modern pieces will be best suited to exploring IVAM. However, due to the breadth of exhibits and unapologetic displays it would be hard for any art lover to not find something of interest here.
IVAM houses an impressive collection of over 10,000 permanent pieces such as analytical Cubism, the art movement of realism, broader examples of abstract art and it chronicles urban art too. With free entry on Sundays, you can spend plenty of time revisiting and exploring these pieces at your leisure. The temporary exhibitions typically stay at IVAM for around 5 months and currently include ‘Infinite Sculpture’, ‘Mechanical and Technical Imaginaries’ in the IVAM Collection and ’24 Frames’ amongst many others.
An exhibition I found particularly interesting was ‘Mona Hatoum’ devoted to a British artist of Palestinian origin. The collection gathers a selection of sculptures and large-scale installations, along with paper works created mostly in the last two decades. It is intended to give a first-hand physical experience of the diversity and scope of her output, presenting works that have become iconic pieces in the contemporary art world.
The IVAM also contains a library that specialises in modern art and contains around 47,000 documents. The library serves the purpose of spreading modern art and is a free access service. Alongside this, IVAM also offers educational workshops to encourage young people regarding their potential for artistic creativity. It is a way to help them develop their receptivity and imagination in the colourful world of art.
If you fancy food on your visit, then Mascaraque IVAM is the onsite Mediterranean restaurant with a daily menu and daily tasting menu available: http://www.mascaraquevalencia.com/
IVAM Report & exhibition photos by Elizabeth Williams
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