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Helga de Alvear in Cáceres


When the German gallerist Helga de Alvear decided fifteen years ago to install her collection of art in a modernist mansion in Cáceres, in Extremadura region, she approached the architects Luis Moreno Mansilla and Emilio Tuñón and commissioned them to refurbish it for the purpose. The second phase of the project, which has recently been completed by Tuñón solo, has freed up space in the original building with an annex expressly designed for certain pieces of the museum’s permanent exhibition, ranging from a series of Francisco de Goya’s Caprichos – perhaps an anachronism in the midst of so many ‘installations’ but nevertheless of unquestionably modernity – to the gigantic Descending Light sculpture created by Ai Weiwei that now welcomes the arriving visitor.

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