Abierto València 2023 has kicked off today with the announcement of acquisition awards from institutions and private collections. One of these entities is the Hortensia Herrero Foundation, which has announced the acquisition of two works by artist Toño Barreiro at the Shiras gallery. During the press presentation, the foundation revealed that the Hortensia Herrero Art Center (CAHH), which will open its doors to the public on November 11, will dedicate one of its rooms to Abierto València.
Specifically, the CAHH will display a selection of the works acquired over these ten years of collaboration with this Abierto València event, during which 23 works by 17 artists have been acquired.
“Hortensia Herrero has been involved in this Abierto València event for many years, personally visiting galleries to discover new proposals and artists. In conjunction with this 2023 edition, and with a month and a half to go before the Hortensia Herrero Art Center opens its doors, we want to announce that one of its rooms will be dedicated to exhibiting a selection of the works acquired over the years. It’s a way to pay tribute to the work done by Valencia’s galleries and the artists they represent,” explained Javier Molins, artistic director of the Hortensia Herrero Art Center, after announcing this year’s acquisitions.
Sundays in 2023, free admission to the CAHH
The Abierto Valencia room will be one of the spaces that the people of Valencia and city visitors can explore at the Hortensia Herrero Art Center starting on November 11. The general admission price is 9 euros if purchased through the website (www.cahh.es), and once the center is open, if purchased at the ticket office, it will cost 10 euros. To mark the opening and for a limited time, admission will be free on Sundays until the end of the year.
The Hortensia Herrero collection, which will be the one to welcome the public to the Art Center, will feature works by artists of the caliber of Andreas Gursky, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz, Anish Kapoor, Mat Collishaw, Jean Dubuffet, Eduardo Chillida, or Jason Martin, in addition to the artists the Foundation had worked with in previous years through temporary exhibitions, such as Jaume Plensa, Manolo Valdés, Julian Opie, or Tony Cragg.
Hortensia Herrero has always had a special sensitivity for art and has been collecting works of art for more than ten years. The Hortensia Herrero Art Center has a clear international vocation, with contemporary artists of renowned prestige found in museum collections like MOMA, Tate, or Pompidou, among many others. The first presentation of this collection, which will open the doors of the Hortensia Herrero Art Center on November 11, will include more than 100 works by over 50 artists.
This selection of artists is part of the private collection of Hortensia Herrero, the president of the Foundation and patron of the project. The collection benefits from the artistic advice of Javier Molins. Molins holds a Ph.D. in Fine Arts and has curated more than 35 exhibitions featuring artists like Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Sean Scully, Tony Cragg, Ugo Rondinone, Manolo Valdés, Jaume Plensa, Julian Opie, or Valerio Adami in countries such as Spain, France, Italy, England, Belgium, Switzerland, Singapore, or Dubai. He has served as the director of the Marlborough Gallery in Madrid and as the Director of Communication and Development at IVAM. He has collaborated as a professor at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and the Courtauld Institute of Art, and has advised the Hortensia Herrero Foundation for ten years. He is the author and coordinator of publications such as “Artists in the Nazi Camps,” “Great Artists: The Perspective of Descendants,” and “The Art of Collecting.”