Valencia has just acquired a new gem in its spectacular museum ensemble. Not far from Plaza de la Reina, the Centro de Arte Hortensia Herrero (CAHH) opened on Saturday, November 11th, with a mission to share the most thrilling contemporary art and contribute to establishing the Valencian community as a premier cultural and artistic destination. The art centre comprises two four-story buildings, collectively accommodating 17 exhibition spaces spanning over 3,500 square metres.
At the entrance, you can learn more about Hortensia Herrero, a renowned Spanish businesswoman and art collector. It took her years to gather all the art displayed in the gallery, with certain pieces commissioned specifically for CAHH, such as the magnificent ‘Tempesta’ by Jaume Plensa, visible as soon as you enter the gallery. The place offers an array of excellent pieces by famous avant-garde artists of the twenty-first century, such as Tomás Saraceno or Jason Martin. Still, you will also find art by visionaries of the twentieth century, like Eduardo Chillida, Antoni Tàpies, or Joan Miró.
Observe as these painters and sculptors manipulate unconventional materials to engage in a dialogue with their audience, whether it is Anselm Kiefer crafting weighty pieces from lead or Carlos Cruz-Díez meticulously constructing glass structures… that dynamically change in colour. Engage with art by strolling through Olafur Eliasson’s rainbow tunnel, locating Juan Genovés within his artwork or gazing into Anish Kapoor’s oversized curved mirror to see yourself shapeshift! As the art centre is located in the restored Valeriola Palace. Visitors will find it interesting to look out for the parts of the original palace blending seamlessly with the art collection. The museum is fully accessible, and in each room, there is someone from the museum staff who will gladly guide you through the pieces and share more about the artists behind them. I can guarantee you will find a piece that speaks to you, even if you do not consider yourself an art connoisseur.
Tickets for the art centre can now be purchased on the official website: https://www.cahh.es/
Report by Konrad Leśniak
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Centro de Arte Hortensia Herrero (CAHH)
C/ del Mar, 31,
46003 València, Valencia
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