María Cristina Masaveu Peterson Foundation opens its doors

Visit by His Majesty the King of Spain

A new and innovative space dedicated to culture opened its doors last October in the capital with the presence of King Felipe VI. The María Cristina Masaveu Peterson Foundation opens its headquarters in Calle Alcalá Galiano. This new space will publicize the work of cultural promotion and the commitment to patronage that it has carried out over the last 13 years.

After a brief welcome by the president of the foundation, Fernando Masaveu, the King, accompanied by 40 other guests, including the acting Minister of Culture, José Guirao, and the president of the Principality of Asturias, Adrián Barbón, paid a visit for the exhibition, where more than 117 works of art are collected.

For 35 minutes, the King, accompanied by the authorities of the foundation and the mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez Almeida, delighted in the works while an expert guided him through the rooms.


The María Cristina Masaveu Peterson Foundation is a private non-profit cultural Spanish foundation of general interest. Created in 2006 by María Cristina Masaveu, it was born with the vocation to promote, within the tradition of patronage of the Masaveu family, culture, training and scientific research at a national and international level.

It presents a selection of more than a hundred pieces from the Masaveu Collection of 19th-century Spanish painting, which includes works by Goya, Federico de Madrazo, Sorolla, Zuloaga, Ramón Casas and Anglada Camarasa, among others.


The new headquarters of the foundation has multipurpose rooms, an auditorium with capacity for 150 people, terraces, patios and administrative offices. The four-story structure, which was also mostly restored, has wooden corridors, glass railings and rooms set in sober blue and gray colors.

Without a doubt, the trust placed in IACPOS by the Foundation to carry out the comprehensive ticket sales system, as well as the access control solution, represents a stimulus for the company, as well as a challenge to improve the experience and visit quality.

The exhibited sample is made up of paintings of great historical value, which had not even been exhibited before to the public. In fact, the works are part of the Masaveu Collection of 19th-century Spanish painting, one of the most important in the world. Among the most outstanding authors of this collection are artists of the stature of Goya, Federico de Madrazo, Sorolla, Zuloaga, Ramón Casas or Anglada Camarasa, among others.

But not only painting will take over this new cultural space. Sculpture will also be present. In fact, the foundation has placed the Silence sculpture in one of its main courtyards, a relief 14 meters high, whose author is Jaume Plensa, who was also present at the event.

The exhibition, curated by Javier Barón, starts with the works of Francisco de Goya and extends to Catalan modernism and postmodernism. The exhibition shows the richness and variety of the paintings and reveals the evolution that took place in art throughout that century through the most outstanding Spanish artists.