The Collection of Spanish Modern and Contemporary Art
Created between 1983 and 1988, the initial exhibit of this collection, is rated by critics as one of the best examples of corporate collecting. It reclaimed attention for a group of twentieth century Spanish artists, who were exceptional for their timelessness and international impact. The goal was to bring together significant examples of each one’s work. At present, the collection has 84 pieces including paintings, drawings and sculptures by artists as significant as Luis Fernandez, Juan Gris, Pablo Picasso, Eduardo Chillida and Antoni Tàpies.
The Cubist Collection
This collection presents cubism as an important contemporary art movement stretching over time in different geographical and cultural areas. The collection consists of 41 works produced between 1912 and 1933 and contains pieces by 19 artists (14 European and 5 Latin American) associated in different degrees and ways to this movement, including Juan Gris, Maria Blanchard, Albert Gleizes, André Lhote, etc. This collection can currently be seen in the travelling exhibit entitled “Cubism and its Environment in the Telefónica Collections" which visited Santiago, Chile, Buenos Aires and Neuquén, Argentina in 2008.
The Collection of Contemporary Photography
This collection currently has 78 works (276 pieces) from 48 international artists of the utmost international prestige, artists such as Cindy Sherman, Andreas Gursky, Axel Hütte or Bleda y Rosa. The collection was created in 2002 when Fundación Telefónica decided to include a of twentieth century component into its art collections: photographs taken for artistic rather than purely documentary purposes. These works offer a broad example of the two main paths of photography over the past thirty years, the new European objectivity and critical postmodernism.
The Telos Collection
This collection began in 1985 from originals specifically ordered by Fundación Telefónica for publication in the magazine Telos, Notebooks of Communication and Innovation and it now has 418 works on paper from 43 contemporary Spanish artists such as Antonio Saura, Hernandez Pijuan, Josep Guinovart, Eduardo Úrculo, Soledad Sevilla, Luis F. Benedit, Jose Maria Sicilia, Luis Feito, etc.
Telefónica’s Historical Photographic and Film Archive
This archive contains some 20 films and 12,872 photographs by the most important Spanish graphic reporters of the twentieth century. Alfonso and Luis Ramon Marín, among others, form part of this collection, considered to be one of Spain’s most important groups of documentary photography from this period. A selection of these imagenes is on exhibit now, titled “Transformations. Spain in the Twenties from the Photographic Archives of Telefónica". This exhibit went on tour to Seville, Logroño and Huesca in 2008.