C/ de la Cuesta, 7
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Museo Jorge Oteiza
The Museo Jorge Oteiza in Alzuza now houses the private collection of Jorge Oteiza (Orio, 1908 - San Sebastian, 2003), the renowned sculptor and multi-faceted artist, with 1,650 sculptures, 2,000 pieces from Oteiza's experimental laboratory and a large number of drawings and collages.
The museum's primary mission is to disseminate the legacy of Jorge Oteiza, one of the most important sculptors in the development of twentieth century art, whose career was founded on aesthetic experimentation based on the "dis-occupation" - or evacuation - of forms and the "emptying" of sculpture. Oteiza was a multi-faceted creator working in a range of disciplines and made important contributions in such wide-ranging fields as essay-writing, poetry, anthropology, architecture and linguistics. He also proposed ways of socialising culture and art.
The Museo Jorge Oteiza stands in a rural setting in the town of Alzuza in Navarra, nine kilometres from Pamplona and houses one of the largest monographic collections of contemporary art.
The centreâ€™s architect was Francisco Javier SĂˇenz de Oiza, who designed a large red concrete cube to house the sculptorâ€™s collection and encase the house Jorge Oteiza lived in for two decades. Oteiza moved his extensive private library to Alzuza along with his manuscripts, sculptures and models which he had created over his long creative career and his â€śLaboratorio de Tizas
The primary function of the Museo Jorge Oteiza is to conserve, study and disseminate the artistic and intellectual legacy of Jorge Oteiza, donated to the people of Navarra in 1992. The collection includes 1,679 sculptures, 600 drawings, 2,000 studies from the artistâ€™s â€śchalk laboratory
General: 4 euros
Students: 2 euros
Pensioners/over 65s: 2 euros
Under 12s (accompanied by adult): Free of charge
Free admission on Fridays
* tickets may be bought in advance from the ticket office
WINTER OPENING HOURS (from the 1st of October to the 31st of May)
Tuesdays to Fridays, from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm
Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, from 11.00 am to 7.00 pm
Closed on Mondays
The Museum is closed on the 25th of December and the 1st of January
It is also closed on the 24th and 31st of December from 3:00 pm onwards
SUMMER OPENING HOURS (from the 1st of June to the 30th of September)
Tuesdays to Sundays, from 11.00 am to 7.00 pm
Closed on Mondays
(The ticket office closes half an hour before the museum closes)
Umbrellas, rucksacks, briefcases and large bags should be left in the cloakroom.
PHOTOS AND VIDEO
It is essential to request prior authorisation for taking pictures inside the museum.
Museum internal and external photos (1)
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Jorge Oteiza took an active interest in childrenâ€™s aesthetic education and in preparing new codes of communication between young people and the world of art. The Museo Jorge Oteiza has sought to address the social and moral need to make the artistâ€™s creative universe more accessible to visitors.
Visitors can choose from a range of educational activities, including guided tours and workshop-visits for the general public, with special arrangements for children from infant, primary, secondary and upper secondary school. These educational aspects address aspects of Oteizaâ€™s work such as the formal elements of his plastic composition, the preparation and representation of the flat and volumetric units and the â€śdisoccupation
If groups of more than 20 people wish to visit the museum, authorisation should be requested in advance by calling (+34) 948 332 074 between 9 A.M. and 3 P.M.
The Museo Jorge Oteiza Foundation offers guided tours by art experts with in-depth knowledge of the permanent collection and the building's architecture.
Tours, for a maximum of 15 people, last approximately one-and-a-half hours and are available in Basque, Spanish, English or French.
The cost of a guided group tour is 100 euros and this is added to the price of admission. Reservations should be made at least one week in advance.
There is also a programme of guided tours for primary and secondary school students and for other educational establishments. For further information and reservations, please call, between Monday and Fridays from 9 A.M. to 2 P.M:
Tel: (+34) 948 332 074