Title of the Exhibition:
Bill Viola – Vía Mística
October 18, 2018 to February 24, 2019.
Historical center of the city of Cuenca
Tickets: 5 euros – 3 euros – Free
Kira Perov, Directora Ejecutiva de Bill Viola Studio
Director of Production
Director of Design
Technical Curator and Exhibition Coordinator
Display and Design
Tuesday through Friday, 11 am–2 pm and 4–6 pm
Saturdays, 11 am–2 pm and 4–8 pm
Sundays, 11 am–2.30 pm
Closed on Monday
Casas Colgadas, s/n
This museum occupies a significant portion of the buildings known as the “Hanging Houses”, the quintessential urban symbol of the city of Cuenca.
Its founder, Fernando Zóbel, wanted to display his private art collection (a veritable treasure trove of the latest innovations in Spanish contemporary art) in this spectacularly situated architectural setting, some parts of which are over half a millennium old. The result, a shining symbol of the modern spirit of an era, has become an international artistic landmark admired by all, orchestrating an exquisite alliance between past and present.
This singular building, which dates back to the late 15th century, was created by connecting several old houses to form an intricate yet stunningly lovely maze of rooms on different levels. The structure is spectacularly perched on the cliffs overlooking the Huécar river gorge, thus facilitating the seamless integration of the natural landscape with the visitor’s experience inside its halls.
This museum of Spanish abstract art also has temporary exhibition rooms which regularly host shows featuring artists represented in the collection, as well as projects dedicated to contemporary creators and the most important modern movements.
Monday to Sunday
10:00h - 20:00h
San Pedro, 19
The former Convent of Las Angélicas is a 16th-century building adjoining the Church of San Nicolás de Bari, founded by Knight Commander Constantino del Castillo in 1561. Today it houses the Cruz Novillo Art School.
The adjacent church has been turned into an exhibition hall. It is a small building with a single nave and a coffered ceiling vault whose central axis is decorated with religious paintings. In the apse, decorative plasterwork frames the old devotional niches and doorways, and a small fantail arches over the area where the altar once stood.
The main entrance features a Gothic portal with large voussoirs forming a semicircular arch. This church was destroyed in the Spanish Civil War, and during its restoration the original wooden ceiling was covered up, although there are plans to recover it.
Monday to Sunday
10:00h - 20:00h
Bajada San Miguel, 9
The Church of San Miguel, formerly a Catholic house of worship, is now used for concerts and cultural events. The church stands on a platform in the gorge of the River Júcar, by the old defensive wall, and is one of the oldest parish churches in the city.
It was probably built in the 13th century and has a very simple structure: a stone nave with a wooden ceiling, a semicircular apse and a tower at the foot.
A second nave was added on the north side in the 15th century, also with a Mudejar coffered ceiling. The apse end of the church underwent extensive remodeling in the 16th century, a project in which Esteban Jamete and master stonemason Pedro de Yrízar were both involved. The oval dome, designed by Jamete, is decorated with floral motifs. Radical alterations were made to the church in the 18th century. The original wooden ceilings over the naves were replaced, in the main nave by a barrel vault with lunettes, and in the side nave by a new groin vault resting on double pilasters. Rocaille decoration discreetly embellishes the barrel vault arches, the corners of the lunettes and the center of the vaults.
The lower section of the portal probably dates from the 18th century. Made of rusticated stone, it was reduced to a semicircular arch between pilasters nearly flush with the wall. The upper part has a central niche framed by double Ionic pilasters and curious images of donors in the end niches.
Monday to Sunday
10:00h - 20:00h
El Peso, s/n
Built in the 16th century, this church has a trapezoidal floor plan due to the shape of the plot on which it stands.
The nave is divided into three sections by engaged columns along the wall. The location of the sacristy behind the altar is quite unusual, forcing the architect to sever the pillar, which rises from a corbel resting on slender molding.
In the first section, Plateresque arches of very simple lines flank the nave on both sides; these are framed by recessed-panel pilasters with grotesques on the capitals and lobed flowers, mirrors, and other Renaissance motifs in the spandrels. In the late 17th century, arches were added to the presbytery; though empty today, they once held Baroque altarpieces.
The portal is a well-balanced composition, although the destruction of the jambs has damaged its proportions. The structure is conceptually quite sophisticated, designed as a small temple over a doorway.
The surrounding square is quiet and quite charming, although the steep incline can make it rather difficult for pedestrians to navigate.
To celebrate its reopening, the Museo de Semana Santa has been included in the itinerary of Bill Viola - Vía Mística, with free admission for all visitors in possession of a ticket or official invitation to the exhibition. Ticket and oficial invitation allows you to visit the permanent collection of the Museo de Arte Abstracto Español, which is of free admission
To celebrate its reopening, the Museo de Semana Santa has been included in the itinerary of Bill Viola - Vía Mística, with free admission for all visitors in possession of a ticket or official invitation to the exhibition.
Ticket and oficial invitation allows you to visit the permanent collection of the Museo de Arte Abstracto Español, which is of free admission
Take radial road 3, switch to the East motorway and then to the Castile-La Mancha motorway.
Take the Pau Casals motorway, switch to the Mediterranean motorway, then to the East motorway, route CM-211, and finally to national road N-320.
Take the East motorway, switch to route CM-211 and then to national road N-320.
Cuenca high-speed train station:
Fernando Zóbel Station (AVE and ALVIA trains)
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