ADRASTUS COLLECTION: A RADICAL EXPERIMENTAL COLLECTION FOCUSED ON 21ST CENTURY ART
Although the collection started in the 1990’s, by the year 2000 a more precise, coherent and clear phase of redefinition began. The collection´s genesis was conceived in rational form. A consequence of our deeply rooted general interest in art. Detached to possession or self-affirmation through the same. We mainly decided to do so because we believe in the incalculable social and intellectual value derived of this activity. Collecting is not merely to accumulate products of a same class, but to complexly articulate these materials. Thus, to collect is to connect, to arrange. It is to structure a set of things in order to give them meaning and share the universal message along.
The Collection is centered on the most representative expressions of the XXI Century that circulates in the peripheries of capitalism and of western hegemonies; resulting in the creation of a platform that gives visibility to those voices that are always far from the art market’s microphones. With an acquis in continuous search for expansion, the Adrastus Collection includes about 700 works by 150 artists from over 40 countries in 5 continents, with artists such as Jonathas de Andrade, Pawel Althamer, the collective Allora-Calzadilla, Leonor Antunes, Ed Atkins, Nairy Baghramian, Yto Barrada, Carol Bove, Kevin Beasley, Tacita Dean, Ryan Gander, Pierre Huyghe, Iman Issa, Jim Lambie, Louise Lawler, Justin Lieberman, Steve McQueen, Wade Guyton, Roman Ondák, the collective Opavivará!, Pratchaya Phinthong, Seth Price, Wilfredo Prieto, Walid Raad, Pamela Rosenkranz, Anri Sala, Wilhem Sasnal, Tino Sehgal, Kelley Walker, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Adrian Villar Rojas, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Dahn Vo, and Akram Zaatari, amongst others that have had the capacity to dislocate economic, political and cultural structures through the introduction of complex artistic devices.
The Adrastus Collection holds among its main objectives establishing a permanent seat in Spain, in particular within the Town of Arévalo, on the site known as the Jesuit College and San Nicolás Church, both presently in disuse and in a state of ruin. The integrative purpose of the Museum fully and respectfully considers the municipality of Arévalo and its history, connecting the city, nature, scenery and local traditions with the experience of art.