Following its tremendous success at the Royal Palace in Madrid, ‘Sorolla through light’ (Sorolla a través de la luz) has finally arrived in Valencia. In the capital, it became one of the season’s most visited exhibitions, attracting over 160,000 visitors. Now, under the gracious hosting of the Bancaja Foundation, it once again warmly welcomes everybody to immerse themselves in the world of Joaquín Sorolla, in light of the centenary of his death in 1923.

This Valencia-born master of Impressionism and Luminism came to light for his characteristic use of colour, and loose brushwork, which allowed him to capture the play of sunlight in the most unique manner. He found a way to reproduce not only the warmth and comfort of the fleeting sunbeams but also the bold movement of moments in a distinctive way using traditional, opaque paint. Valencians may be especially intrigued by the works portraying the beaches of Valencia, where he captured the interplay of human beauty and the radiant summer scenery.

The connoisseurs and art enthusiasts will be thrilled to find 45 original works of the famous Spanish painter. The exhibition brings to light paintings previously unreleased in Valencia from the collection owned by the Hispanic Society of America in New York; exceptional loans from the Sorolla Museum and private collections; and emblematic works belonging to the collection of Bancaja Foundation.

Apart from the vast selection of paintings, the viewer is provided a unique perspective on the impressionist’s art in a sensory room which amplifies the vitality and energy enchanted in his paintings. The exhibition highlights Sorolla’s creative vision through an immersive virtual reality experience where you can place yourself in the centre of one of his luminous paintings or stand in front of the author himself! Embark on this journey to the warm seashores and sunny gardens and discover why Sorolla is considered one of Spain’s greatest painters.

The exhibition was inaugurated on the 4th of October, with the presence of the regional secretary of Culture and Sports Paula Añó; the president of the Bancaja Foundation Rafael Alcón; the director of the Sorolla Museum, Enrique Varela; the curators of the exhibition Blanca Pons-Sorolla and Consuelo Luca de Tena; and the CEO of Light Art Exhibitions Lorenzo Pérez. It will be open for visitors from the 5th of October until the 18th of February 2024.

Report by Konrad Leśniak

Article copyright ’24/7 Valencia’


October 5th 2023 to February 18th 2024


Fundación Bancaja

Plaza de Tetuán, 23

46003 València (Valencia)

Tel. 96 064 58 40

Opening times:

From Tuesday to Wednesday: 10:00 am to 2:30 pm (last show at 1:00 pm) – 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm (last show at 7:30 pm).

From Thursday to Sunday: 10:00 to 20:30 h (last show at 19:30 h).

The average visit time is 1 hour – 1 hour and a half.

More info.


Report by Konrad Leśniak

Article copyright ’24/7 Valencia’

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