Hortensia Herrero Art Centre: a new Cultural Treasure in Valencia
Valencia has a new cultural jewel: the Hortensia Herrero Art Centre. After five years of dedication and an ambitious restoration of the wonderful Palacio de Valeriola by the Hortensia Herrero Foundation, this art centre promises to dazzle local and international visitors alike.
Located in the centrally located Calle del Mar, the Hortensia Herrero Art Centre is much more than a museum. It is a place where the past meets the present, where history meets creativity, carefully adapting and rehabilitating a historic baroque space to make it the epicentre of contemporary art.
Art and heritage meet in the heart of Valencia
The private collection of the patron Hortensia Herrero is the strong point of this art centre. More than 100 works by over 50 internationally renowned artists, including Andreas Gursky, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz, Anish Kapoor, Mat Collishaw, Eduardo Chillida, Joan Miró and Juan Genovés, are waiting to surprise you and make you enjoy the most exquisite art. In addition, the cultural offer will be perfectly complemented by interesting temporary exhibitions of national and international artists that guarantee you a fresh and dynamic artistic experience. In addition, the museum has six installations specially created to inhabit specific areas of the museum.
The art centre is made up of two buildings with 3,500 square metres and four visitable levels to offer you 17 exhibition spaces.
A Unique Space: the former Valeriola Palace
Just entering the door of the Hortensia Herrero Art Centre is an experience in itself. Feeling that magical aura of a place that traps you with all the history it holds within its walls.
One of the two buildings is the old Valeriola Palace, a baroque construction from the 17th century. Do you know what is inside?
There are traces of the different civilisations that inhabited Valencia: Roman, Visigoth, Islamic and Christian. During the restoration process, fragments of the ancient Roman circus of Valentia, the remains of two fountains from an Islamic courtyard, vestiges of the Jewish quarter with a secret alley, a medieval oven and 22 burials belonging to the neighbouring church of San Juan del Hospital have been found in this space.
As you can see, the Hortensia Herrero Art Centre has all the ingredients to become an outstanding place on the cultural scene. It is capable of recovering a valuable element of Valencia’s architectural heritage in order to share the most relevant contemporary art with the whole of society.
If you are eager to live this unique cultural experience, tickets and exhibitions are available on the centre’s website. Prices range from €10 for general admission (€9 in advance) to reduced rates for groups, over 65s and young people aged 13-25. In addition, children under the age of 12 can enjoy free admission. The centre is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 20:00 and Sundays from 10:00 to 14:00.