Take A Walk With The Curator At The Helga De Alville Museum

2021-02-27   |   by CusiGO

In 1957, Helga de alvear came to Spain from Germany to study Spanish and stayed in love: “I met an architect at a wedding and he told me that he was going to marry me that day.” When asked about her advice on starting out in the art world, she mentioned the advice she had received from the first international gallery owners in the 1980s: fall in love with works, not artists. After entering the central courtyard, a huge sliding wooden door slowly opens, and visitors can see the huge floor lamp purchased by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in 2008, when he was unknown.

Its size determines the size of other parts of the museum, where great works are the protagonists, like Thomas Hirschhorn’s power tools (2007), which consists of 1000 pieces, including screws, axes and hammers, and is displayed in a room 10 meters high. The gallery owner was particularly moved to see her and had to accept her because she reminded him of the destruction he suffered in his motherland during the Second World War, as she explained in this news video. Olafur Ellison’s echo activity (2017) boasts: “he’s a superstar and I have his first work.”.

Other works include the works of great 20th century figures such as Vassily Kandinsky, Paul clay, Louise brjoyce, Anthony Tapis or Agnes Martin. But for de alvell, an important milestone in his collection is the fantastic ideas that Goya presented to Fernando VII minister Evaristo Perez de Castro, who successfully bought them without taking them away from Spain: “to me, he is the first author of conceptual art,” he stressed.

“It’s all here now, and it won’t leave here,” explained the gallery owner, who claimed he had never bought his work and wanted to sell it. After experimenting with other cities such as Vigo, San Sebastian or Granada, Helga de alville finally found his central home in esteemenia. It can now be opened to the public, and this operation has been delayed due to the kvid-19 epidemic. Bringing the museum’s plans outside Spain has never been an option, the collector said.