Óscar Domínguez, Rhythm for a Chopin Sonata, Banco Santander Collection

Banco Santander

Fundación Banco Santander is responsible for preserving, managing and promoting the art collection that the bank has assembled over the years. As it comprises artistic assets acquired by the various firms that have come together to form what is now Banco Santander, it is therefore a collection of collections as well as an eloquent testament to the artistic sensibility and patronage efforts of those financial institutions.

These diverse roots are reflected in the variety of nearly 3,000 catalogued works in this collection, ranging from the third century BC to the present day. The core is the painting collection, which boasts important examples of Spanish painting from the late Middle Ages to today, as well as significant pieces by Flemish, Dutch, Italian and French painters of the 16th and 17th centuries. The sculpture collection includes several large outdoor pieces in Grupo Santander City, made by renowned international contemporary artists.

In the category of the decorative arts, the bank owns a complete collection of tapestries from the finest European factories of the 16th to 18th centuries and a collection of ceramic wares from the Alcora Royal Manufactory.

Finally, the extensive coin collection of approximately one thousand pieces—from drachms struck in the third century BC by Greek colonies in Iberia to notes issued during the Spanish Civil War—illustrates the monetary history of Spain.


In its efforts to publicise the Banco Santander Collection, the foundation grants temporary custody of its works to various museums and art centres in Spain and abroad. The following pages detail the 31 loans arranged by the foundation in 2017.

Exhibition Point of Departure: The Isabel and Agustín Coppel Collection at the Santander Art Gallery

Santander Art Gallery

With a total surface area of 3,000 square metres, the Santander Art Gallery in Boadilla del Monte (Madrid) opened in March 2006 to share the bank’s collection of artwork and coins with the public.

Fundación Banco Santander also organises a major exhibition of international contemporary art there every year, inviting prestigious private collections to display their holdings. The latest guest was the Isabel and Agustín Coppel Collection from Mexico, which Spanish audiences were able to admire from February to June 2017.

The rest of the year, the gallery displayed 172 works from the Banco Santander Collection. A new development was the enlargement of the area dedicated to José Gutiérrez Solana to hold twelve canvases on various themes and from different periods, some of which had never been shown before, like Mexican Clay Figurines. The gallery also displayed a selection of 18th-century wares from the Alcora Royal Manufactory, a porcelain factory in Castellón that was particularly important during the reign of Charles III.

The Santander Art Gallery is open to visitors from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Thursday, and from 10 am to 3 pm on Fridays. When temporary exhibitions are on, the gallery also opens on weekends from 10:30 am to 2 pm. During the summer, Christmas and Easter holidays, the Santander Art Gallery has special opening hours.

Educational Activities


Free guided tours are offered to the general public from Monday to Friday. Additionally, to make getting here easier, visitors are offered a bus service from Paseo de la Castellana 103 to the Santander Art Gallery.

Visitors in 2017: 5,036


Employees of Grupo Santander City can enjoy free guided tours of the art gallery every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 3 pm. Plus, starting in September 2017, they are also offered free guided tours of the outdoor sculptures every Monday at 3 pm, an excellent opportunity to discover the works of renowned international contemporary artists on the grounds of the Financial City.

Participants in 2017: 565

Cultural Groups

The art gallery offers free guided tours in both Spanish and English for cultural associations, groups of university students and internal Financial City groups.

Participants in 2017: 6,248


On weekends, Fundación Banco Santander offers free workshop-tours for family groups of all ages. Artists and educators guide participants as they explore the bank’s art collection and temporary exhibitions—a unique shared experience for children, parents, grandparents, couples or friends.

Participants in 2017: 936


On Tuesdays and Fridays, dynamic tours of both the Banco Santander Collection and the temporary exhibitions at the art gallery are offered to groups of primary school pupils. The foundation's website also offers educational resources that teachers can use to organise classroom activities related to the tour before their visit.

Participants in 2017: 1,743

Visitors with Cognitive and Sensory Diversity

Fundación Banco Santander has a special programme to make the temporary exhibitions in the art gallery accessible to persons with autism, Down’s syndrome, acquired brain injury and sensory diversity (visual or hearing impairments).

Participants in 2017: 73 people

Information and bookings:

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Exhibition Point of Departure: The Isabel and Agustín Coppel Collection at the Santander Art Gallery


In 2017, over 900,000 people visited the exhibitions organised or sponsored by Fundación Banco Santander:



Point of Departure: The Isabel and Agustín Coppel Collection


Charles III: Majesty and Pomp in the Realms of the Enlightened King


Conexiones’13. Manuel Antonio Domínguez: The Stable Relationship


Conexiones’14. Chema López: Illusion and Fear


Light and Shadow: Iberian Perspectives and Dialogues


The Guest Work: Javier Pérez


The Guest Work: El Greco


The Guest Work: Pablo Ruiz Picasso


Work created by El Carrilet Preschool in Albatàrrec and Centre d'Art La Panera as part of the educational project sponsored by Fundación Banco Santander

Educational Patronage

Firmly convinced that education is vital to the progress of individuals and societies, Fundación Banco Santander supports important cultural institutions whose educational programmes strive to make avant-garde art accessible to all, facilitate aesthetic experiences and encourage creativity.

Educational projects

Participants in 2017

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía




Centre d'Art la Panera








For the fourth consecutive year, in 2017/18 Fundación Banco Santander and Madrid City Council teamed up on Levadura, an innovative educational residency programme for international artists that brings child-centred creative projects to primary schools.

Levadura activities are held at Matadero Madrid, CentroCentro Cibeles de Cultura y Ciudadanía, Medialab-Prado and Centro Cultural Conde Duque. Its principal aim is to integrate the concepts and methods of contemporary art in the school curriculum in a participative way, in direct contact with the artists.

Ciudad DIWO


For the second year in a row, in 2017 Fundación Banco Santander and Madrid City Council organised DIWO City, an inner-city summer camp programme for kids aged 7 to 12 held at Matadero Madrid and Medialab-Prado.

These camps are characterised by their collaborative, participatory methods (DIWO = Do It With Others), the diversity of participants and integration of minorities, and the fusion of art and technology through innovative practices. To promote personal autonomy and teamwork skills, the children participate in the process of designing and evaluating the project.

Supporting Artistic Production

Fundación Banco Santander supports artistic production and creativity by organising annual awards for young artists and partnering with prestigious institutions to offer artist residencies and grants.

Fundación Banco Santander Award for Artistic Production

In 2017 the foundation and Open Studio Madrid issued the fifth call to apply for the Fundación Banco Santander Award for Artistic Production, designed to encourage artistic production among young people and shine a spotlight on up-and-coming creators.

Intended for Spanish visual artists who lack their own workspace in Madrid, the prize is a residency period at a studio in the capital and a stipend to cover production costs. At the end of the residency, the foundation organises an exhibition of the resulting works to introduce the artist to cultural agents and give his/her career a boost.

The winner of the 2017 award was Jesús Madriñán, thanks to the impact and quality of his proposed photography project on Spanish youth, which he began to produce during his three-month stint at Mala Fama studios.


Fundación Banco Santander supported JustMAD in 2017 by sponsoring JustResidence, an international artists’ residency programme that gives participants the chance to enjoy a creative experience in a new setting and among fellow artists from different places.

The fourth edition was held in Avilés, Asturias, and led by artist Carlos Garaicoa. The main theme was the recovery and transformation of the industrial landscape. The memory of the industrial landscape, the integration of art in that landscape and the regeneration of abandoned infrastructures were some of the concepts that informed the participants’ creative proposals.

Habitar para Transformar Grants

Fundación Banco Santander, in partnership with Fundación Colección Thyssen-Bornemisza, Casa Velázquez in Madrid and CNP Partners, awarded two grants to artists in 2017 with a view to developing a project that would stimulate participation and engagement with visitors to the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid. The project took place between 6 November 2017 and 25 February 2018, and the results were presented in connection with the temporary show Art Lesson.

In addition to supporting artistic production, this initiative aimed to make contemporary creative processes more visible to museum- goers and explore the institution’s transit areas as spaces for engaging visitors in dialogue.

ARCOmadrid 2017

Supporting Collectors

Knowing that collectors are an essential pillar of the contemporary art market, Fundación Banco Santander is involved in various projects to promote the acquisition of art.


At the ARCOmadrid contemporary art fair, the foundation and the firm Arte Global co-organise First Collectors, an initiative that offers free personalised advice to anyone interested in beginning to collect contemporary art. At the 2017 fair, held from 22 to 26 February, 71 people participated in the programme.

In addition, it sponsored two debates at the Collectors' Forum led by Estrella de Diego.
The 2017 sessions, attended by 180 people, featured the collectors Ainhoa Grandes, Alec Oxenford, Alain Servais, Juan Vergez, Tiqui Atencio, Daniel Levinas and Joaquín Rodríguez & Abel Guaglianone.


Fundación Banco Santander supports the Estampa Contemporary Art Fair, held at Matadero Madrid in September, by sponsoring A Collector’s Guide. Co-organised with the 9915 Association of Private Contemporary Art Collectors, the programme offers prospective buyers a unique tour of the fair led by other collectors. In 2017, 80 people participated in the four sessions offered.

The foundation also sponsors the Collect seminar, where collectors and art market professionals come together to discuss contemporary art collecting activity in our country.

72 people attended the 2017 seminar sessions, held from March to June at the Santander Art Gallery, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Fundación Juan March, Sala Alcalá 31 (Regional Government of Madrid), the private venues Tasman Projects, 4D/Arty, Club Matador, Club Financiero Génova and Fuenfría Valley in the mountains of Madrid.

UIMP summer course

In 2017 Fundación Banco Santander sponsored one of the summer courses offered by Menéndez Pelayo International University at the Palace of La Magdalena in Santander.

Collectors, Contemporary Art and Society: The Millennium Revisited, the course directed by Rosina Gómez-Baeza, brought together artists, collectors, museum professionals, curators and gallerists to share their experiences and thoughts on the relationship between privately owned artistic heritage, public museums and art audiences.

Participants included the artists Daniel Canogar and Cristina Lucas, the collectors Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and Marta Gnyp, Pedro de Llano (University of Santiago de Compostela), Ferrán Barenblit (director, MACBA), Manuel Segade (director, CA2M), Isabel Durán (chair of IAC), Pierre Bal-Blanc (curator of dOCUMENTA), Paula Aisemberg (director, Fondation La Maison Rouge) and Susie Guzman and Alice Workman (directors, Hauser & Wirth gallery).


Museo del Prado


Honouring its commitment to support the conservation and dissemination of our artistic heritage, in 2017 Fundación Banco Santander partnered with the following institutions:

Foundation of Friends of the Prado Museum

Fundación Banco Santander sponsored a course entitled The Age of Geniuses: From Michelangelo to Arcimboldo, held at the Prado from October 2017 to March 2018. At its weekly sessions, prestigious experts discussed the sweeping changes that took place in the 16th century and analysed some of the key artists of that period. Directed by Francisco Calvo Serraller, the course featured lectures by Antonio Forcellino, José Luis García del Busto, Víctor Nieto, Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, Valeriano Bozal, Fernando Checa, Miguel Falomir, Francisco Jarauta, Fernando Marías, Cristóbal Belda, Enrico Maria Dal Pozzolo, Enrique Valdivieso, Leticia Ruiz, Ramón Andrés, Gonzalo M. Borrás, Juan José Lahuerta, Manuela Mena and Agustín Sánchez Vidal.

Royal Basilica-Shrine of Vera Cruz, Caravaca

The foundation funded the restoration of six altarpiece panels from the shrine of Vera Cruz in Caravaca, oil paintings made by Hernando de Llanos in the 16th century.

The panels, which tell the story of how the holy relic came to this town in Murcia, were the highlights of the exhibition Signum: The Glory of the Renaissance in the Kingdom of Murcia, held in the former Jesuit church of Caravaca from 6 July to 1 December 2017 to celebrate the Jubilee Year.

Friends of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

Fundación Banco Santander assists the Friends of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in their efforts to preserve and publicise exceptional works of art in the museum’s collection.

ARTIUM, Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo

The foundation is one of several corporate sponsors who support the activities of ARTIUM Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, an open, dynamic institution deeply committed to education.

Instituto de Arte Contemporáneo (IAC)

The foundation works with IAC, an independent association of professionals related to the art world (museum directors, artists, critics, collectors, etc.) that pursues initiatives to promote the creation of an institutional network of contemporary art and ensure compliance with best practices.

9915 Association of Private Contemporary Art Collectors

The foundation also supports the 9915 Association of Private Contemporary Art Collectors, created to represent the interests of art collectors, publicise their activity and advocate the private collector as a key player in the art market.