Helga de Alvear, art collector and founder of the Helga de Alvear Museum, Spain. Photo © Luis Asín
1.What is your museum about and what is your work there?
The Museum of Contemporary Art Helga de Alvear in Cáceres, Spain, designed by award-winning Emilio Tuñón Arquitectos, makes the contemporary art collection that I gathered during over 40 years accessible to everyone.
It displays large format installations and sculptures, painting, video art and photography by renown artists such as Olafur Eliasson, Kandinsky, Louise Bourgeois, Doris Salcedo or Ai Weiwei, which the public is able to experience for free in a space that was specially designed to exhibit them.
The museum displays close to 200 works of the more than 3000 pieces within the entire collection that I will donate to the city. It occupies the imaginary line that separates the medieval historic centre of Cáceres, a World Heritage Site, from the most modern part of the city, thus creating a fluid communication route between the past and the present.