Plaza de Europa, 28

Phone: 0034 985 359 594
Fax: 0034 985 185 152

Museo Nicanor Piñole

The Museo Nicanor Piñole is a monographic museum dedicated to the painter Nicanor Piñole (Gijón, 1878-1978) and whose main aim is to make his artistic trajectory known with special reference to its meaning in the context of Asturian and national art.

A generous donation by the painter’s widow, Enriqueta Ceñal Costales, and interest from various institutions made the Museum’s creation possible. The collection is made up of more than 6,000 works. It was further added to by works deposited by the Museo Casa Natal de Jovellanos and the Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias. The exhibition discourse, which follows chronological and thematic criteria, includes drawings as well as paintings from the most representative stages of the artist’s career.

The geographical position of the Museum, in the Plaza de Europa, further places the painter’s work in the same urban context in which he lived practically all his life, something which nevertheless did not prevent him from maintaining a profound relationship with the Madrid environment of artistic renovation, during the first third of the 20th century. This link was interrupted by the outbreak of the Civil War, after which time Piñole entered into a period of isolation in his home town.

Permanent Collection

On the three floors dedicated to the Museum’s permanent collection visitors can find a selection of Piñole’s works and personal objects donated by his widow. The organisation follows chronological-thematic criteria which at the same time allow an insight into the biography and artistic trajectory of Nicanor Piñole along the following themes:

This section shows the more than 200 self-portraits held by the Museum and created in various techniques.

Highlights of this section include El borracho, a painting that was presented in the Exposición Nacional de Bellas Artes of 1897, and El Viejo de la nariz porreta (1901).

These works were created during the first two decades of the century and have a close association with Gijón and Carreño. Highlights among them include the intimate vision of the Quinta de Chor, the summer residence of the Prendes family, and a collection of family portraits (of his mother Doña Brígida Rodríguez Prendes, his uncle and aunt, Don Manuel and Doña Manuela and his cousins).

This section includes paintings such as La vuelta de la romería and La hija del patrón, as well as drawings, sketches and plans.

A selection of landscapes and pastels painted outdoors with a luminosity and extraordinary richness of matrices.

A selection of works carried out after 1925 and in which the painter shows an approximation to less realist plastic-literary currents with a greater intellectual content. The paintings Viejo autobús y Cartel de feria are also shown alongside these.

This section includes Pesadi...+ [ Read all ]


Entrance is free.

Opening hours

Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 to 13:00 and 17:00 to 20:00
Sunday and public holidays 11:00 to 14:00 and 17:00 to 19:00

During July and August:
Tuesday to Saturday 11:00 to 13:30 and 17:00 to 21:00
Sunday and public holidays 11:00 to 14:00 and 17:00 to 20:00

The Museum is closed on Mondays, 1st and 6th January, Carnival Tuesday, 1st May, 15th August, 24th, 25th, 31st December.

Getting there

Plaza de Europa, 28
33206 Gijón

Tel: (+34) 985 359 594
Fax: (+34) 985 185 152


The cost of the service is 1,60 € or 1,00 € with the Tarjeta Turística de Gijón.

The Museum shares a library and archive centre with the nearby Museo Casa Natal de Jovellanos (see profile).

Museum internal and external photos (5)

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NICANOR PIÑOLE CHILDREN’S CLUB: Visits and holiday workshops for children
The Club has a document called the Piñole Express in which children can collect exclusive designs created by different invited artists. The Piñole Express is a small book of stamps which encourages participation, love of art and collecting. The workshops are based on the life and work of Piñole and on the permanent collection as well as the temporary exhibitions organised by the museum.


The minimum number of people in a group is 10. For the comfort of the group and other visitors to the museum the maximum number of people allowed in a group is 25. Visits are aimed at adults and secondary school children and include the permanent collection or specific temporary exhibitions.
Guided visits cost 1,00 € per person and must be previously reserved by telephone or email.


Visits to the Museum by school groups should be booked beforehand:
Tel: (+34) 985 185 154/ 152
Fax: (+34) 985 185 152
Price per student is 1,00 €

Visits can also be booked through the Department of Educational Programmes:
Centro de Cultura Antiguo Instituto
Jovellanos, 21
Tel: (+34) 985 181 001/ 048/ 041/ 045/ 046
Fax: (+340 985 35 07 09


Workshops for schools during 2007 include:

- The Sad Story of a Frame with Too Much World
The protagonist of our story is a sad and empty frame who little by little, through simple strokes and scrawls gradually becomes full of life and splendour. This workshop allows participants to experiment with simple scribbles and scrawls on a blank space enclosed by a frame. These strokes can be vigorous, fast, slow, abstract or figurative, using different artistic techniques.

- Once Upon a Time There Was a Paintbrush
This is a theatrical presentation and didactic workshop. Two puppets talk about the magical possibilities within colour and its ally the paintbrush in an introductory work to its plastic and expressive possibilities and using basic notions of primary colours as its basis.

- A Journey through the Branches. From Pencil to Arrangement.
This is an experimental workshop on landscapes that teaches participants to interpret nature from different perspectives, traditional techniques and the arrangement of objects in a space.

- Games and Toys
This workshop is a first introduction to still life as a genre showing the internal norms that determine composition, weight and balance. Through games the creation of new and fantastic...+ [ Read all ]