Zorrilla, 3

Phone: 0034 914 201 242

Museo Colecciones ICO

On March 28th 1996, the Fundación Instituto de Crédito Oficial (ICO)'s exhibition rooms were opened in Madrid as a gallery for the display of ICO's permanent collections. Colecciones ICO is the result of the interest and support shown by Fundación ICO towards contemporary Spanish art in recent years and of the selection, study and formation of all the pieces making up the three collections:
Contemporary Spanish Painting
Modern Spaninsh Sculpture and Drawing
Picassos Suite Vollard

From 1999 ICO increased its activities by initiating a series of temporary exhibitions with the aim of offering a more complete vision of national and international contemporary art. At present ICO's programme of activities also includes didactic activities, guided visits and workshops for children.

Permanent Collection

Suite Vollard is considered to be the most outstanding work in the history of engraving. It was created by Picasso in the period from September 1930 to June 1936. In 1937, three portraits of the dealer, Ambroise Vollard, which were produced by Picasso in that decade, were added to the 97 engravings making up the original work. The total of 100 engravings, one of the very few complete collections of this superb artist, have been the property of ICO since 1991.
Leaving to one side the three portraits of Vollard, the Suite Vollard engravings may be classified into four groups: The Sculptor's Workshop; The Minotaur; Rembrandt and The Battle of Love.
The Suite may be considered as the culmination of the relationship between Picasso and Ambroise Vollard, the renowned gallery-owner and publisher who, in 1901, held the first exhibition of a young Spanish artist already showing unmistakable signs of his genius at the early age of 20.
In this work, Picasso uses all techniques possible in engraving: dry point, burin, etching and aquatint.

This collection provides a complementary insight into the relationship between drawing and sculpture, the path pursued by the idea until it becomes a three-dimensional object.
At the same time, it shows the evolution of Spanish sculpture throughout the twentieth century, from the aesthetic rupture of the early avant-garde movements to the present day: Manolo Hugué, Julio González, Pablo Gargallo, Pablo R. Picasso, Juan Gris, Joaquín Torres García, Alberto Sánchez, Antoni Gaudí, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Oscar Domínguez, Angel Ferrant, Eugenio Granell, Jorge Oteiza, ...+ [ Read all ]


ICO’s programme of temporary exhibitions is organised along three lines: artists from the ICO Collection, architecture and design and sculpture and contemporary drawing.

Man Ray. Despreocupado pero no indiferente.
30th May to 26th August 2007

Previous Exhibitions

Lo que las imágenes quieren – Vídeo en Hispanoamérica
Fantasmagoría – Dibujo en movimiento

Isamu Noguchi – Metamorphosis in Clay
Del Paisaje Reciente
Never Go Out Without My DV Cam
Silent Rain

Arquitectura y Diseño
Abalos & Herreros – Grand Tour
Keith Haring – Memoria Urbana
Ópera, Teatro y Amigos

El Efecto Bola de Nieve
Imágenes Parlantes

Sol LeWitt – Fotografía

Joaquín Torres García – un mundo construído
Mirada húngara

Deseos de la última vanguardia

Xurxo Lobato – El Color del Sur
Otto Steinert – Fotógrafo
Luis Buñuel – El Ojo de la Libertad

André Kertész – Mi Francia
Alvar Aalto – Visiones Urbanas

Escultura, el placer de trabajar
Irwing Penn

Exhibitions (19)

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Opening hours

Tuesdays to Saturdays: 10:00 to 19:00
Sundays and holidays: 10:00 to 14:00
Mondays: Closed

Getting there

Zorrilla, 3
28014 Madrid

Tel: (+34) 914 201 242


Group visits are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 and on Wednesdays at 17:00. The maximum number of people per group is 25. School visits are adapted to each age group. It is essential to book the visit beforehand.

Information and reservations: (+34) 913 694 552/

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The exhibitions held at Museo Colecciones ICO may now be enjoyed by all the family. Convinced that one of the best ways to arouse children’s interest in contemporary art is to involve the whole family, every Saturday we organise entertaining workshops on the works of leading artists from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

At the workshops, both children and grown-ups are given the opportunity to learn a number of basic concepts which they then put into practice in the form of creative fun activities.

Information and booking (from September 5): Mirarte.
Reservations may be made from 16.00 to 20.00.
Tel: (+34) 913 232 872 / 655 199 223


In addition to exhibitions, Museo Colecciones ICO organises workshops for schoolchildren as a way of acquainting the younger generations with contemporary art in its various forms (painting, sculpture, drawing, engraving, architecture, design and photography). The workshops give children the opportunity to learn a number of basic concepts which they then put into practice in the form of creative fun activities.
Both the workshops and the materials used by teachers and pupils are free of charge.
Information and booking (from September 5): Mirarte
Reservations may be made from 16.00 to 20.00.
Tel: (+34) 913 232 872 / 655 199 223