Santiago de Compostela

Spain



Address:
Valle Inclán s/n

15704
Phone: 0034 981 546 632
Fax: 0034 981 546 625
Website: http://www.cgac.org/

Centro Gallego De Arte Contemporánea (CGAC)

The Galician Center for Contemporary Art is a space for cultural promotion, whose function is to expand the artistic cultural panorama and reflect on the diversity of culture in contemporary society. Created in 1993 and with regular programming since 1995, this center is situated within the politics of post-1980s Spain and seeks to promote the development of cultural platforms, and to favor Galicia’s introduction into the international artistic circuit.

Since its beginnings, the CGAC has marked trends in the art of the last few decades through retrospective exhibitions of internationally-known artists alongside exhibitions dedicated to promoting Galician art, including well-known authors as well as emerging artists. It has also continually collaborated with other institutions, collaborations which will be reinforced with long-term projects during this new era in the CGAC.

In addition to being an exhibition space, the CGAC is also a dynamic and multidisciplinary center in which conferences, artist’s workshops, musical incursions, and scenic and film arts can be celebrated, allowing for the active participation of the public and favoring the exchange of ideas among professionals of many fields. Society and its difficulties are incorporated into the art world; the galleries of the center are open to the possibilities of technology and social debates which also influence the CGAC’s collection itself, constructing a story which is read through current events, and which facilitates both the individualization of the works and the interrelation among all of them at the same time.


Permanent Collection

The collection of the CGAC currently contains approximately four hundred pieces in which artists from varying contexts are represented, touching on diverse languages and media.

The temporary nature of the CGAC collection stems from post-1960 artistic philosophies. Since its beginnings, the principal criteria for including new pieces have been to reinforce the representation of Galician artists, aiming to strengthen the revitalizing, international impulse of Galician art since the beginning of the 1980s, to reflect the most important moments in the international artistic panorama, and to integrate pieces defined by the relationship between the artist and the space created by Álvaro Siza. These criteria have helped the CGAC to organize a collection that has its own identity and, far from being a passive instrument, integrates new pieces that are in constant movement. To this end, in addition to the exhibitions that are temporarily presented in the Center’s galleries, the CGAC also collaborates with various other institutions.

In addition to its own collection, the CGAC has access to pieces in the collections of Areán, the Xunta de Galicia (Galician City Council), and the ARCO Foundation.

For an alphabetical listing of the collection see:
http://www.cgac.org/index.php?id=211


Exhibitions

8 February - 10 June
MAPAS, COSMOGONÍAS E PUNTOS DE REFERENCIA

Through the metaphors of maps, plans, cosmogony, reference points and navigational charts which help us get our bearings at night or in stormy weather, this exhibition attempts to broach some of the new criteria that a collection should deal with properly to be able to serve the present.


Previous Exhibitions

1 February - 1 April 2007
REXISTROS E HÁBITOS

21 December 2006 - 28 January 2007
CONTOS DIXITAIS

19 October 2005 - 8 January 2006
JIM HODGES: THIS LINE TO YOU

14 September - 10 December 2006
PAPERBACK

14 September - 10 December 2006
O FUTURO DA ACTUALIDADE

8 September - 10 December 2006
MENCHU LAMAS. A SOMBRA NA MAN. A VIAXE DAS FORMAS

22 June - 10 September 2006
SECRET STRIKE. ALICIA FRAMIS

8 June - 3 September 2006
TONO CARBAJO. ESCENAS, CADRADOS NEGROS E OUTROS ENLACES

7 April - 11 June 2006
ARQUIVAR TORMENTAS. COLECCIÓNS ARCO E CGAC

7 April - 4 June 2006
JORGE MOLDER. ALGÚN TEMPO ANTES

27 January - 2 April 2006
FONDOS DA COLECCIÓN CGAC. ENTRE O PROCESO E A FORMA

20 January - 2 April 2006
ROMAN SIGNER. ESCULTURAS E INSTALACIÓNS


Exhibitions (27)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

May 3 - July 1 2007
SENESCENCIA. IGNACIO PARDO
A tour of the video-artistic productions of this artist from the 1980s on, highlighting his most experimental and innovative productions, with special attention to the mastery of the edition, the use of graphic design and, above all, everything related to the aesthetic of the late 80s and early 90s. The exhibition will be completed with a work produced in situ for the basement of the CGAC.

May 10 - June 24 2007
SALIR A (GO OUT)
Through this exhibition organized by an architect and known landscape artist (who worked with Álvaro Siza in Santiago’s park San Domingos de Bonaval), we aim to give relevance to a topic such as landscape, from traditional, social, cultural, and historical points of view.

June - August 2007
ARTE NO PARQUE (ART IN THE PARK)
Taking advantage of the heat and leisure of July and August, the CGAC presents a selection of sculptures and installations from the ARCO Foundation and CGAC collections, which will be displayed on the building’s terrace, as well as in the park. Together with outdoor sculptures, various audio installations, performances, workshops, and film and video programs will be interspersed throughout the area. In collaboration with the Santiago City Council.

XABIER TOUBES
Xabier Toubes, a native of A Coruña, has a long creative history in diverse media, although it is his ceramics that have gained him world recognition. He was the director of the European Ceramic Work Centre in Holland and is currently a professor at the School at the Art Institute of Chicago.

July 5 - August 26
A VIAXE. NOVAS PEREGRINACIÓNS (TRAVELING. NEW PILGRIMAGES)
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Opening hours

Tuesdays to Sundays: 11:00-20:00
Mondays: Closed


Getting there

Valle Inclán s/n
15704 Santiago de Compostela
SPAIN

Tel: (+34) 981 546 619
Fax: (+34) 981 546 625


Facilities

Handicapped Access

BOOKSHOP
The CGAC bookshop, specialised in contemporary art, architecture, design and photography, was born with the aim of bringing publications, that are not common in other book shops, closer to the visitors of the centre. On April 14th 2006 it was declared of public interest by the Spanish Home Office.


RESTAURANT
The cafeteria of the centre, managed by Toñi Vicente, offers a warm and relaxed atmosphere for enjoying set menus based on fresh products and a revision of traditional Galician cuisine.


AUDITORIUM
This space, which can hold up to 250 people, hosts lectures, seminars, video and cinema cycles, as well as other activities related to the everyday operation of the centre.


Museum internal and external photos (12)

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News and events

News:
http://www.cgac.org/index.php?id=219

The Educational Activities and Projects Service of the CGAC promotes and develops programs to make contemporary art more accessible for different audiences and groups, with the aim of allowing multiple opportunities for dialogue and reflection. Guided visits to the temporary exhibits, workshops for children, conference circuits, seminars, courses, video and film series, spaces for projects with artists, sound projects, collaborations with other institutions… these are just a few of the options that we are going to develop throughout the current year.
For more information please write to:
cgac.pedagogia@xunta.es


Groups

Guided tours of the exhibitions (reserved in advance) are designed to stimulate interest in contemporary artistic creation and facilitate communication between the viewer and the artwork, encouraging dialogue and reflection about the questions that the different exhibits may bring up. Any group may request this service. It is necessary to book tours at least ten days in advance.

Schedule: 11:00 to 18:00 Tuesday through Friday.

To request a guided tour, please call (+34) 981 546 631/ 623, or fill out the request form (http://www.cgac.org/index.php?id=185).

The tour will not be considered fully reserved until the Activities and Educational Projects Department sends you a written confirmation, which you must present at the CGAC Reception Desk before your visit.

Visiting school groups that have planned specific activities will be given priority.


Membership

FRIENDS OF CGAC
The Friends of the CGAC Association was created in 1997 with the aim, as is stated in its statutes, “of promoting, stimulating, and supporting cultural actions which, in the most ample terms, are related with the mission and activities of the CGAC”. The fruit of this mission, the Association has developed many projects throughout the years, always related to the promotion of the CGAC’s activities, as well as its educational and social dimensions.

The aforementioned projects led the Association to be declared a public utility by the Ministry of the Interior on April 14th 2006, with which it receives not only recognition of the importance of its support of the CGAC, but also important tax deductions for its members as well.
This new era for the CGAC will be characterized by greater communication between the CGAC and the Association, greater dynamism, and an increase in the activities and influence of the Association. In relation to this new work dynamic, an ambitious new project has been planned to achieve increased activity in business and social areas, in distribution, and in the education of ample sectors of the non-CGAC public, as well as greater participation in all CGAC projects.

BECOMING A MEMBER
Becoming a member of the Friends of the CGAC Association is open to anybody interested in art and culture. As a member, you can take advantage of special services and benefits, receive information and discounts for CGAC activities, and enjoy activities specifically designed only for members.

To become a member, you must send a written request to the Board of Directors (cgac.amigos@xunta.es) and contribute with a membership fee and an annual...+ [ Read all ]