Casas Colgadas

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Museo De Arte Abstracto Español

The Museo de Arte Abstracto Español in Cuenca exhibits a permanent collection of 129 paintings and sculptures by Spanish artists of the Abstract Generation of the 1950s and 60s (Millares, Tàpies, Sempere, Torner, Rueda, Zóbel, Saura, among some thirty other artists), as well as other artists from the 1980s and 90s.

Situated in the Casas Colgadas (Hanging Houses) of the city of Cuenca, in a late-fifteenth-century medieval building, property of the city, the Museum has undergone various renovations and, in 1994, inaugurated its galleries for temporary exhibitions.

In 1980, the Museum received the Medal of Honor for Merit in the Fine Arts; in 1981, it was given the European Museum of the Year Award by the European Council; in 1991 the Medal of Honor from Castilla-La Mancha; and in 1997, the “Tourism” Award from Castilla-La Mancha.

In 1980, the founder of the Museum, Fernando Zóbel, donated its collection to the Fundación Juan March, which then incorporated it into its own collection. The Museum is now directed by the Fundación Juan March (see also Fundación Juan March and Museo d’Art Espanyol Contemporani).

 Permanent Collection Highlights (4)

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Permanent Collection

The Museum has on permanent display 127 paintings and sculptures by Spanish artists from the Abstract Generation. In the mid-twentieth century, the unique characteristics of this artistic generation were manifested in distinct abstract tendencies in Spanish art: expressionist, materialist, and geometric.

Artists in the collection are: Néstor Basterrechea, Joaquín Rubio Camín, Rafael Canogar, Eduardo Chillida, Martín Chirino, Modest Cuixart, Guillermo Delgado, Francisco Farreras, Luis Feito, Amadeo Gabino, José Guerrero, Joan Hernández-Pijuán, Antonio Lorenzo, César Manrique, Manuel Millares, Manuel H. Mompó, Lucio Muñoz, Jorge de Oteiza, pablo Palazuelo, Manuel Rivera, Gerardo Rueda, Antonio Saura, Eusebio Sempere, Pablo Serrano, Antoni Tápies, Jordi Teixidor, Gustavo Torner, Manuel Viola, Jose María Yturralde and Fernándo Nóbel.


11th May to 2nd September 2007

Equipo Crónica: Crónicas reales is an exhibition of around 30 works created between 1969 and 1982 by the duo of Valencian artists Rafael Solbes and Manuel Valdés, collectively known as Equipo Crónica*. The exhibition is based around the painting The Little Room of 1970 and focuses on the way their paintings interpret, reinvent, analyse and de-codify Velázquez’s Las Meninas, the greatest and most famous work of Spanish Baroque art, known until the mid-19th century as The Family of Philip IV.
While Velázquez’s celebrated work - the source of inspiration for other artists such as Picasso and Dalí and the starting-point for philosophical texts by Ortega y Gasset and Foucault, among others - has been a constant reference-point in the career of Equipo Crónica, this is the first exhibition and catalogue to be devoted to Las Meninas within their oeuvre.
Most of the works on display have been loaned from private Spanish collections, as well as from the Museo Municipal de Arte del Siglo XX, Casa de la Asegurada, Alicante, and the Museu d’Art Espanyol Contemporani, Fundación Juan March, Palma. The techniques used by the two artists range from oil, acrylic and silkscreen on canvas, gouache on card and painting on papier mâché and polyester.
Through Las Meninas, Equipo Crónica subtly play with and provoke new readings of the figures in the original painting, its space and composition, expressed through an ironic discourse of decontextualisation in which references to other artists, movements and trends repeatedly appear. The use of quotation and iconographic reference - one of Pop Art’s most i...+ [ Read all ]

Previous Exhibitions

Gary Hill. Images of Light.
Works from the Collection of the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg.
January 12th to April 22nd 2007

The Abstract City. 1966: The Birth of the Museo de Arte Abstracto Español in Cuenca.
40th Anniversary of the Museum
June 28th to December 17th 2006

Faces and Masks. Photographs from the Ordóñez-Falcón Collection.
March 3rd to May 28th 2006

Lichtenstein. In process.
November 25th 2005 to February 19th 2006

Egon Schiele. In Body and Soul.
September 14th to November 13th 2005

Beckmann. Von Der Heydt-Museum Wuppertal.
July 15th to September 4th 2005

New Technology, New Iconography, New Photography. Photography of the 80s and 90s in the Collection of MNCARS.
April 8th to June 26th 2005

Kandinsky. Watercolours.
December 17th 2004 to March 28th 2005

Gordillo. Dúplex.
September 24th to December 12th 2004

Picasso. Suite Vollard.
June 22nd to September 12th 2004

February 18th to May 23rd 2004

Esteban Vicente. Collages.
October 15th 2003 to February 8th 2004

Gerardo Rueda. Constructions.
June 20th to October 5th 2003

Chillida. In Praise of Hands.
February 12th to May 11th 2003

Exhibitions (10)

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Adults: 3 €
Reduced: 1,50 €
(Senior citizens 65 and over, students with ID, groups)
Free: Citizens and residents of Cuenca, Children under 10.

Opening hours

Tuesday to Friday: 11 am - 2 pm and 4 pm - 6 pm
Saturday: 11 am - 2 pm and 4 pm - 8 pm
Sunday/Holidays: 11 am - 2:30 pm
Monday: Closed.
The Museum is also closed on: January 1st, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, September 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st and December 24th, 25th and 31st.

Getting there

Casas Colgadas
16001 Cuenca

Tel: (+34) 969 212 983
Fax: (+34) 969 212 285


The use of flash is not permitted within the Museum.

The Museum has a shop where visitors can purchase exhibition catalogues, art books, graphic work, postcards and other art-related items.

Museum internal and external photos (3)

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News and events

During the season from September to June the Museum holds classes on art and offers lectures on temporary exhibitions and the permanent collection.


The Museum implements, via its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, educational initiatives aimed at school children, college students, families, and diverse groups. The program proposes a way of looking at works of art via an immersion in the world of color, medium, brushstroke, and volume, utilizing games in which smells, sounds, movement or touch are evoked. It offers its participants a way of learning to read a work of art, with the ultimate goal of teaching them how to understand art.
The programme includes:
- didactic portfolios for pre-school, elementary and junior high-school classes
- guided tours of the permanent collection
- guided tours of the temporary exhibition


Guided tours, with prior appointment, are given Tuesday through Friday from 11 am to 2 pm and from 4 to 6 pm. It is recommended that groups be no larger than 30 people, especially for those visits with complementary workshop activities.
Tel: (+34) 969 212 983