The Museum By Patrick Charpenel The city of Arevalo is a Spanish locality to the north of the Avila province in the autonomous community of Castilla and Leon. With a Roman background, it was founded as we know it in 1090. This town is 827 meters above sea level and is located between the Adaja and Arevalillo rivers. The region, which has an important cereal production, is connected to important cities such as Madrid, Avila, Medina del Campo, Valladolid, Segovia, Palencia and Salamanca. With a population of 8’110, Arevalo has been the stage of important events that have given the Spanish people their inclination and identity and which have allowed Christians, Jews and Muslims to become integrated throughout centuries. Its walls protected the young Queen Isabella I of Castile and Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order. One of the first Jesuit schools was founded there towards the end of the 16th century.
The splendid Jesuit school of Arévalo is presently in ruins. Being a historical symbol of education, of research and progress, it deserves better luck. That is why it is the responsibility of the authorities and civil society to rescue the monument and to transform it into a cultural center that reflects the history and energy of this beautiful region.
Contemporary art is one of the most powerful vehicles that can boost the reflection upon the culture of the new millennium. Production of images and artistic situations bring about various reactions, dislocating contemporary economic and political structures. That is why the development of this discipline consolidates identity and generates criticism and knowledge about the world. Contemporary art is, then, a fundamental product for living and understanding postmodern culture.
The art collector, Javier Lumbreras and his wife Lorena have devoted themselves to building an emerging art collection that points to the definition of the 21st century’s society. This is why they chose the Jesuit School of Arévalo as the home for this art collection and as an experimental museum project. With the intention of identifying yet unexplored facets of art and society, this Museum will bet on research and on generating new experiences with the new cultural products of the new generation.
The Jesuit School of Arévalo and Adrastus Collection as initial aquis, constitute the foundations of a project that can transform not only the artistic mechanics of Spain but of a large part of Europe. By conditioning under 15,000 m² overall, including 5,600 m² only for exhibition space and furnishing the building with a series of facilities which will hold a wide array of experiences. Inspired by the cultural and historical richness of the venue, as well as its educational background, this project aims to develop a linkage with the region: i) the Curatorial and Exhibition Program ; ii) the “Extended Program” composed of an investigation center focused on 21st century art, restoration center, artistic residencies, conferences and workshops; and iii) the “Extended Experience” which will include cultural and architectonic tours, historical interaction of the Muslim, Christian and Jewish cultures, gastronomic ecosystem and an exterior public walkthrough.