Valencia will welcome a new museum dedicated to the work of Valencian painter Joaquín Sorolla, if talks materialise between the Generalitat Valenciana and the Bancaja Foundation who own the Centro Cultural Bancaja situated in the heart of the city on the Plaza de Tetuán; the new potential home for the Museo Sorolla de Valencia.
In 2007, the building displayed the travelling exhibition entitled ‘Visiones de España’ composed of Joaquín Sorolla’s paintings for the Hispanic Society of America in New York. The successful exhibition attracted an impressive 875,000 visitors to the Centro Cultural Bancaja during the one year that the work was displayed in Valencia. Sorolla’s undeniable appeal also generated a 20% visitor increase last year to the Museu Sorolla in Madrid.
The future museum will gather together Sorolla’s work which is currently spread across different entities and institutions such as the Ayuntamiento, the Diputación de Valencia, the Generalitat Valenciana, private collectors, the Valencia Institute of Modern Art (IVAM), the 16 paintings in the Bancaja Foundation and the 42 paintings in the monographic room of the Museu de Bellas Artes San Pío V.