Museo Universidad de Navarra
The Museum University of Navarra was created following two bequests: a donation made by the Ortiz-Echagüe family, who promoted the former University of Navarra Photography Collection that now forms part of the Museum’s collection, and a contemporary art collection donated by María Josefa Huarte Beaumont. The Museum has a building on the University of Navarra Campus itself, designed by architect Rafael Moneo.
María Josefa Huarte’s collection and the Ortiz-Echagüe bequest are on permanent display at the Museum. In addition, the Museum houses six temporary exhibitions a year. Since the Museum opened, it has featured exhibitions by artists such as Joan Fontcuberta, Daniel Canogar, Óscar Mariné, Elena Asins, Carlos Cánovas and Pierre Gonnord.
Management Team and Artistic Management
The Museum’s management team is made up of Ángel Gómez Montoro, President of the Museum’s Board of Trustees; Jaime García del Barrio, Managing Director; Javier Arana, Deputy Director, Fernando de la Puente, Administrator; Elisa Montserrat, Director of Communication and Development; Fernando Pagola, Image Adviser; Valentín Vallhonrat, Curator; Rafael Levenfeld, Curator; José Manuel Garrido, Performing Arts; and Rafael Llano, Research and Public Programs.
María Josefa Huarte Beaumont’s bequest comprises around 50 paintings and sculptures that she personally acquired over the course of her life. It includes works by some of the most internationally renowned artists of the second half of the 20th century, such as Pablo Picasso, Eduardo Chillida, Antoni Tàpies, Jorge Oteiza, Pablo Palazuelo and Mark Rothko. The Museum’s photography collection was launched with the receipt of a bequest from José Ortiz-Echagüe.
Through the inclusion of new donations and acquisitions, the collection has grown to become one of the largest photography collections in Spain. Currently, it includes more than 10,000 photographs and 100,000 negatives taken by artists such as Clifford, Laurent, Catalá Pic, Centelles and Catalá Roca. The images span the period from the 19th century through to the present day.
The Museum boasts a theater that holds up to 700 spectators. Its schedule features dance, theater and musical performances.
The Museum’s film schedule includes newly released films, reruns and remastered versions of classics, curatorial series and master classes.
The Museum runs seminars, lectures and activities for a wide range of audiences in order to make art accessible to the general public.
The Museum University of Navarra is aware of the importance of education in today’s society and for future generations. For this reason, its aim is to be an educational museum: an aim that is reflected through the Museum’s numerous programs adapted to suit different groups. These educational programs use the Museum’s collections, exhibitions and artistic activities to promote all-round education.