Valencia’s Fundación Bancaja honours the legacy of Eduardo Arroyo, a luminary in Spanish contemporary art, with the unveiling of his first retrospective exhibition since his passing in 2018.  This exhibition promises an enriching journey through Arroyo’s prolific career spanning over five decades, boasting a collection of more than 80 pieces encompassing paintings, sculptures, drawings, and collages.

Curated by Marisa Oropesa, the exhibition meticulously explores the diverse themes that defined Arroyo’s oeuvre. From his early focus on social and political issues to his later explorations of literature, cinema, history, and music, visitors will delve into the multifaceted layers of Arroyo’s artistic expression.

An artist of profound significance, Eduardo Arroyo’s retrospective underscores his enduring impact on the international art scene. As one of Spain’s foremost contemporary artists, the exhibition at Fundación Bancaja serves as a landmark event, offering audiences a rare opportunity to immerse themselves in Arroyo’s visionary works.

Central to the exhibition is Arroyo’s unwavering critique of the Francoist dictatorship and societal violence. Through his art, Arroyo boldly challenged authoritarian regimes, employing irony and incisive commentary to provoke contemplation and dialogue. Visitors will encounter iconic imagery reflective of Arroyo’s distinct visual language, including boxers, chimney sweeps, bullfighters, flamenco dancers, and flies, each symbolizing facets of the human condition and societal dynamics.

Among the standout pieces featured is “El cordero místico,” Arroyo’s poignant reinterpretation of the Van Eyck brothers’ famed polyptych, created between 2008-2009. This masterpiece encapsulates Arroyo’s ability to infuse historical references with contemporary relevance, inviting viewers to engage with timeless themes through a modern lens.

The Eduardo Arroyo retrospective will grace the halls of Fundación Bancaja’s headquarters in Valencia, located at Plaza Tetuán, 23, from February 23rd to June 23rd, 2024. In addition to the exhibition, Fundación Bancaja will offer a range of educational workshops and guided tours designed to enhance visitors’ understanding and appreciation of Arroyo’s art. These initiatives aim to foster inclusivity and accessibility, welcoming students, individuals with disabilities, marginalised communities, and art enthusiasts alike to partake in the cultural dialogue sparked by Arroyo’s profound legacy.

As Valencia embraces Eduardo Arroyo’s artistic journey, Fundación Bancaja invites audiences to embark on a transformative exploration of creativity, resilience, and social consciousness, celebrating the enduring power of art to inspire, provoke, and unite.

Report by Abi Kara-Fernandes

Article copyright ’24/7 Valencia’



23/02/2024 – 23/06/2024


Pça. de Tetuan, 23,

Ciutat Vella,



Tel: 960645840


Tuesday to Sunday: from 10am to 2pm and from 4.30pm to 8.30pm.

Closed on Mondays, except for public holidays and the day before public holidays.

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General admission: 5 euros.

Reduced: 3 euros (pensioners, unemployed, people with disabilities, students from 13 to 26 years old and large families).

Free (under 12 years old).

Tickets on sale at the box office (Plaza Tetuán, 23).

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Duration: 50 minutes.
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