Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Spain



Address:
C/ Los Balcones 9-11-13

35001
Phone: 0034 902 311 824
Fax: 0034 928 321 629
Website: http://www.caam.net/

Centro Atlántico De Arte Moderno (CAAM)

The Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM) was inaugurated on 4th December 1989. Since the beginning the CAAM has persued two aims in relation to the cultural life of Gran Canarian society: to establish an arts centre where the most recent artistic debates can be reflected through its activities and to establish itself as a contemporary art museum through its permanent collection which aims to become a reference point in our cultural memory.

To date the most distinguishing characteristic of the CAAM has been its temporary exhibitions, seminars and courses, which generally revolve around the central theme of our Atlantic cultural mix. The concept of the Three Continents, the cross-cultural space that exists between the continents of Europe, Africa and America and which orients the CAAM’s global project, is also the linchpin of its permanent collection.


Permanent Collection

The CAAM modern art gallery was created in 1989, the year the museum was first opened, when the Gran Canaria Island Council donated part of its 20th Century artistic heritage. The first pieces included in this Collection are by Canarian artists from the 30s and 40s and who were associated with the well-known Luján Pérez School. Works by José Jorge Oramas, Plácido Fleitas, Eduardo Gregorio, Felo Monzón and Santiago Santana were included in this gift from the Island Government, together with works by other Canarian artists from the 80s and 90s which had been on exhibition at the Columbus House Museum and the San Antonio Abad Gallery.

One of the CAAM's main objectives was to develop its own Collection from the 'El Paso' Group. The starting point for the Collection was the acquisitions of works by Manolo Millares and Martín Chirino, as well as representative artists of informalism, such as Saura, Genovés, Canogar, Viola and Serrano. César Manrique's works are also included in this context.

The exhibitions held in the Museum during the 90s were based on its original concept of Three Continents and, as such, opened the doors to art created in Africa and Latin America. The CAAM aspires to an open dialogue with the rest of the world but more specifically with the continents of Africa, Europe and America, given that the Canarian culture is, to a large extent, the product of this tri-continental relationship. In order to show the most significant art movements and artists from these latitudes in the Canary Islands, the CAAM bought several works to be exhibited in its halls. Some of the acquisitions from that decade are by African artists such as Willie Bester, Dakpog...+ [ Read all ]


Exhibitions

NIKI DEI SAINT PHALLE & JEAN TINGUELY. L’ART ET L’AMOUR.
13th April to 24th June 2007
The first exhibition in Spain by Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle, realised in cooperation with the Museum Tinguely in Basilea and the Museum Sprengel in Hannover. From the sixties onwards, Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely perform their roles as the “Bonnie and Clyde of art


Previous Exhibitions

“TERRA ULTRA INCOGNITA”. JOSEPH KOSUTH.
27th February to 15th April 2007

7.1 DISTORTIONS. DOCUMENTS. NONSENSE AND TALES.
26th January to 25th March 2007

ALEJANDRO REINO. LOS DINTELES DE LA MUERTE.
30th November 2006 to 28th January 2007

ASOCIACIONES DEBIDAS.
14th September to 19th November 2006

FRANZ WEST WITHOUT FRANZ WEST + DER FICKER.
29th June to 3rd September 2006

THE DOUBLE CHAMBER.
27th April to 18th June 2006

IN(VISIBLE) VIDEOGRAPHS.
16th February to 16th April 2006


Exhibitions (12)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

WEATHER REPORT. CLIMATIC CHANGE AND VISUAL ARTS.
13th July to 16th September 2007
This project proposes an analysis of climatic change through the visual arts. A journey around a world dominated by environmental matters is discovered through the vision of more than 20 international artists.

IMAGES FROM THE OTHER SIDE
31st July to 14th October 2007
When the space vanishes as a consequence of night, the screens look like black holes where a slender point of light emerges from. Portraits at night. An ambiguous and filmic sense of space-time works as a pre-requisite for a set of structuralist explorations with language and sound. Darkness is the main colour giving atmosphere in the video works presented in the collective exhibition "Imágenes del otro lado" ("Images from the Other Side").

MANUEL DE LA PEÑA. STRUCTURALISM AND EXPERIMENTATION IN THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE 60s.
5th October 2007 to 5th January 2008
The CAAM intends to continue with projects which show the importance of modernity in the culture of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria during the 20th century and especially from the field of affection in architecture.

PAUL KLEE. CHILDHOOD IN THE ADULT STAGE.
19th October 2007 to 5th January 2008
The aphorism of Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), whose death coincides with the early development of Paul Klee’s art, is the ideal starting point of an exhibition which deals specifically with those residual aspects of childhood which are retained and moved to the Swiss artist’s adult life and practices. Considered an important personality in the Modernist movement, Paul Klee seems to correspond in an emblematic way to "...the supreme way to the art of painting."

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Cost

Entrance free


Opening hours

Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 - 21:00
Sunday 10:00 - 14:00
Monday closed


Getting there

C/ Los Balcones 9-11-13
35001 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
SPAIN

Tel: (+34) 902 311 824
Fax: (+34) 928 321 629
Email: info@caam.net

Bus routes: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 30, 35, 50, 51, 52, 54, 55, 60, 70, 80, 82, 83, 91


Facilities

LIBRARY
The Museum library focuses on Contemporary Art, especially on art from Africa, Europe and America, three continents with particularly close connections to the Canary Islands. Nevertheless, it also has sections which do not relate directly to these areas, although they provide a wider context in which to frame their understanding. The library holds almost 24,000 titles divided according to subject.
Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 to 21:00. (Special timetable in August).

BOOKSHOP
The bookshop, run by CAAM, is not based at CAAM itself, but some five minutes away. It is the only bookshop in the world specialising in the Canary Islands, with a wide range of local authors and special interest titles. It holds over 5,000 volumes and stocks documents in different media: books, maps, CDroms, DVDs, CDs etc, on just about anything relating to the Canary Islands.
It also has a very well stocked fiction section, offering works by Canarian authors and a special section devoted to the writings of Benito Pérez Galdós.
Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday: 9:30 am to 1:30 pm and 4:15 pm to 8:15 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
Closed on Sundays.
C/ Cano 24
35002 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Tel: (+34) 928 381 539 or 594
Fax: (+34) 928 385 171
www.libroscanarios.com

MUSEUM SHOP
The CAAM shop offers visitors a wide range of art-related items. We have everything from academic and illustrative art books, to exclusive limited-edition fine art prints, postcards, stationary and home designs. The shop is open during the CAAM opening hours.+ [ Read all ]


Museum internal and external photos (5)

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Groups

GUIDED VISITS FOR NON-SCHOOL PUBLIC
The CAAM provides a free instructor service for exhibition visitors. Please make an appointment on (+34) 902 311 824 from Monday to Friday, between 9 and 11 am or deac@caam.net. At least 6 people per group.


Schools

GUIDED TOURS FOR STUDENTS
The Department of Education and Cultural Action offers schools and educational institutions, guided tours of all the exhibitions held at CAAM.
To arrange a visit call (+34) 902 311 824 from Monday to Friday, between 9 and 11 am or e-mail deac@caam.net


Membership

FRIENDS OF CAAM
Friends of CAAM are those people who want to collaborate with museum activities.

Advantages of membership are:
- free entrance to the Library and Documentary Centre
- reception of the magazine "Atlántica de las Artes" every four months
- reception of punctual information about all the CAAM activities
- invitation to all exhibition inaugurations
- discount in the shop
- discount in inscriptions

To be a Friend of CAAM is to support culture. To subscribe please complete the following form and send it via email:
http://www.caam.net/en/amigos/amigos.doc