‘Sorolla in black’ brings together a hundred works of art created by the famous Valencian born painter, Joaquín Sorolla. While most know Sorolla for his ability to capture light and colour with extraordinary accuracy, this exhibition delves into the use of black and grey in the artist’s paintings. The works come from a wide range of public and private institutions across Spain, and mark Valencia’s first time in putting Sorolla’s use of darkness under the microscope.

On May 4, the Bancaja Foundation opened the exhibition for public viewing. The opening was attended by the president of the Bancaja Foundation, Rafael Alcón, the director of the Sorolla Museum, Enrique Varela; and the curator of the exhibition, Carlos Reyero; as well as the expert in the painter’s work and patron of the Bancaja Foundation, Blanca Pons-Sorolla; and the president of the Standing Committee of the Sorolla Museum Foundation, Antonio Mollá. Created in collaboration with the Sorolla Museum and the Sorolla Museum Foundation, the showcase commemorates the death of Joaquín Sorolla during the ‘Sorolla Year’, declared an event of Exceptional Public Interest, 100 years on from the artist’s passing.

As part of the cultural and artistic mediation programme, the Bancaja Foundation is offering free educational workshops linked to the exhibition and aimed at schoolchildren, people with functional diversity and people at risk of social exclusion, as well as guided tours for the general public and groups led by an expert specialist in art and cultural mediation. The exhibition ‘Sorolla in black’ can be visited at the headquarters of the Bancaja Foundation in Valencia (Plaza Tetuán, 23) from May 5 to September 10, 2023.


Report by Emily Bray

Article Copyright ‘24/7 Valencia’


‘Sorolla in black’ exhibition

May 5 to September 10, 2023


Fundación Bancaja

Plaza de Tetuán, 23 ,Valencia (Valencia)



Open from Tuesday to Sunday: from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Closed Mondays, except public holidays and the eve of public holidays.


Tickets are purchased at the entrance.

General: 7 euros.

Reduced: 4 euros (pensioners, the unemployed, people with functional diversity, students from 13 to 26 years old and large families).

Free (under 12 years).


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