What better way to immerse yourself in the culture of Spain than to explore the art that tells the storied history of Valencia. In Valencia you can find a wide variety of art throughout the city by wandering the many museums this city holds or even discovering the local works of street art as you walk through the neighborhoods. No matter which way you go about exploring the art of Valencia, you can be sure to find whatever it is you are looking for through the vast displays of art in the city.
L’Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, also known as the IVAM, is one of the most well known art museums in Spain and for good reason! The IVAM is the perfect spot for those interested in modern art. It carries a constantly changing selection of exhibitions you can see throughout the year. For example it currently houses exhibits such as “Julio González and the avant-gardes” which displays the unique sculptures created by Julio González, and “An exercise in violence” by Guillermo Ros, depicting systemic violence through an artistic means. But the rotating exhibits are not all that the IVAM has to offer. It contains a permanent collection of 11,322 artworks in various mediums. The IVAM also has exhibits on music, theater, cinema and much more so you are guaranteed to find something here to spark your interest.
Another museum to visit is the Bombas Gens Centre d’Art. Located on the outskirts of the city, this museum contains more than just art, it holds a fascinating look into the history of Valencia as well. The building was originally a factory built in the 1930s to manufacture small machinery, and included a shelter for air raids during the time of the Spanish Civil War that can now be toured by the public. The Bombas Gens Centre d’Art now displays art from artists nationally and internationally. It contains a rotating display of art in each of its galleries throughout the year, so no matter what time you come to visit you are sure to find a fascinating exhibit. It also hosts a variety of activities for anyone to experience and enjoy. Currently, the Bombas Gens Centre d’Art is displaying an event titled “Factory Games: An Historical-Art Approach To The Situation Of Children’s Rights,” which gives a detailed look into the children working in factories in Valencia from the past. But that is not all it has to offer! You can also experience the current, local music by attending the Bombas Dj Sessions. This activity is open to the public to enjoy and partake in an experimental project hosted by the Bombas Gens Centre d’Art.
For a more historical look into the art of Valencia, check out the Museo de Bellas Artes de València. This museum contains the fine art of many Valencian artists. For example, there is an entire room dedicated to the art of the famous painter Joaquín Sorolla. The Museum of Fine Arts of Valencia also boasts the title of the second largest art gallery in Spain, giving you plenty of options to explore the art within its walls.
However, museums are not the only locations to explore art in the city of Valencia. You can find a much more unique side of the artistic experience just through roaming the city of Valencia on your own. Experience the walls of Valencia treated as their own canvas as you walk through the neighborhoods and see the street art done by locals. One of the neighborhoods most well-known for its brilliant street art is El Carmen. The large murals take up space on the sides of old buildings, combining the new and modern culture with the historical past. You can see the works of famous local artists such as Hyuro, who is known for her mural of Moses, which is one of the most popular works of street art in Valencia. One of the best parts about coming to see the street art in the city is the constantly changing murals. You never know what art you will get to enjoy on your visit to Valencia!