Fundació Suñol, or Suñol Foundation, in English, is a non-profit organization that works basically as a contemporary art museum. The foundation was created in 2007 with the objective of showcasing the private contemporary art collection of Josep Suñol, becoming later a space that promotes the creation and knowledge of avant-garde art.
Josep Ildefons Suñol i Soler was lawyer and entrepreneur, son of the famous lawyer, journalist, politician and president of FCBarcelona Josep Sunyol i Garriga. Sunõl i Soler was an avid art collector, known for having one of the most notable art collections in Catalonia. Suñol I Soler’s love of the arts was greatly influenced by his friend Fernando Vijande, who was one of the owners of Galería Vandrés in Madrid. Being friends with one of the great supporters of avant-garde art in Spain put Suñol I Soler in direct contact with the new artistic tendencies.
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The Suñol Foundation opened its doors to the public in May of 2007, showcasing some of the most emblematic pieces in Suñol i Soler’s collection in an exhibit called 1915-1995.
The pieces that were not shown in the exhibit represent the second part of Suñol I Soler’s collection, entitled 1970-2001, which includes works of conceptual art, minimalistic art and arte povera.
Today, the Suñol Foundation has over 1200 works of art by world-famous artists like Antoni Tàpies (Spain), Eva Lootz (Austria), Andy Warhol (U.S.A.), Shichiro Enjoji (Japan), Pablo Picasso (Spain), Salvador Dalí (Spain), Alighiero Boetti (Italy), and Bill Culbert (New Zealand).
The foundation is divided into a main space, where the main exhibitions take place, and a second space called Nivell Zero, where all sorts of activities like debates, temporary exhibits, concerts, seminars, poetry cycles, conferences and workshops take place, all of them related with twenty-first century art.
The foundation is open every day of the week with the exception of Sunday and Saturday morning. Visitors are welcome between 11 am and 2 pm during the mornings, and 4 pm and 8 pm during the afternoons.
You can visit the foundation independently or join a guided tour, which happens every Thursday and Saturday at 6 pm. If you are interested in joining the tour, don’t forget to make a reservation.