Ibero-American Patronage Awards
Recognises every year the labour of three art patrons: one Spanish, one Latin American and one International, that stand out for their ethical and moral convictions, and for the courage to act in accordance with them. Adding, in addition, the generosity and humility to accept this recognition, helping the Awards themselves to inspire, with their example, that other men and women get involved with their same conviction in this company: the conservation, promotion and dissemination of the heritage and artistic talent of Ibero-America.
Are consolidated with each edition with the “vision” of being at the service of a “transversal and inclusive” project between people, society, company, and institutions, which maximizes this common effort to build a more fertile coexistence between different individuals and between these and the social structures in which they are integrated, giving the greater visibility to the immense relevance of Art in the construction of a more humane and therefore freer society.
Are a charitable initiative aimed at financing the Conservation and Restoration Program of the collection of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid, one of the most important public collections in Spain and which is the common heritage of all humanity.
MIGUEL FERNÁNDEZ FELIX
Director of the Fine Arts Palace, Mexico City
Director of the National Museum of art (MUNAL), México City
Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), New York
Director of the Royal Academy of History
Director of the Royal Fine Arts Academy of San Fernando
Fundación Callia Chairman
Director of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
Philippe de Montebello
Ibero-American Patron Award 2020
President of the Board of the Hispanic Society of America, a public educational institution that has objects of artistic, historical and literary value with the aim of contributing to the promotion of the study of languages, literature and Spanish and Portuguese history.
These past years, he has managed to raise the museum’s profile with initiatives with as letting 200 artworks to the Prado Museum for the exhibition “Treasures of the Hispanic Society of America” which increased greatly the institution’s visibility and has become one of the most acclaimed exhibitions.
He is Director Emeritus of The Metropolitan Museum of Art where he served as Director of the Museum for 31 years, the longest serving Director in the history of the Metropolitan Museum.
Patron of Honour of the National Prado Museum and member of the Board of the Musée D’Orsay, he has received numerous awards such as the United States National Medal of the Arts or the Order of Isabel la Católica, among others.
Spanish Patron Award 2020
Esther Koplowitz is a prominent businesswoman who performs an exceptional solidary work supporting the most disadvantaged sectors of society while also undertaking important art patronage initiatives.
In this last sector, her passion for Sorolla has made possible that three main artworks of the painter that were outside of Spain returned. Through her own foundation, she has taken part in relevant actions such as the restoration of the Abbey of Santo Domingo of Silos or the Parish of San Ginés, to name an example.
The relationship between Spain and Ibero-America occupies a prominent place in her private art collection. Her Novohispano art pieces, from the conquest, show this. The Tables of the Mexican Conquest are considered one of the most precious pieces for their exceptional quality and soon they will be loaned for a public exhibition at the Hispanoamerican Museum.
Her American religious art collection is also noteworthy, among which they stand out the representations of the Virgin of Guadalupe: one of them is a beautiful and singular anonymous copper blade and a second one signed and dated by Juan Correa, one of the main Novohispano painters from the last decades of the XVIIth century.
Daniel and Estrellita B. Brodsky
Latin American Patron Award 2019
Estrellita and Daniel Brodsky have been for more than four decades supporting art through their activity as patrons and collectors. Estrellita is an art historian, curator, collector and a huge protector of the Latin American art. She has stablished and sponsored curatorial positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tate Modern and MoMA. She recently founded ANOTHER SPACE, a program developed with the aim of increasing the recognition and international dissemination of the art from Latin-America.
Dan Brodsky is the Chairman of the Board of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has provided the museum with the associate architecture curator job at the MET. He is also a passionate collector of drawings and paintings from Le Corbusier and Calder.
Fernando Masaveu and Carolina Compostizo
Spanish Patron Award 2019
Fernando Masaveu and Carolina Compostizo, have an evident career path as art patrons since 2006 through the Maria Cristina Masaveu Peterson Foundation. Its aim is to promote, spread, preserve, recover and restore the Spanish Historic Heritage, music and arts, etc.
In side the Foundation highlights the Maria Cristina Masaveu Peterson Collection, started in 2007 as a result of the fundamental will of support and patronage the circuit of Spanish art. It has on its DNA the collector and patron character from the previous generations.
Latin American Patron Award 2018
Considered one of the most important philanthropists today, Carlos Slim received in 2012 the Honorary Degree of Doctor awarded by the George Washington University for his philanthropic career. Among other recognitions, he has received the UNESCO Medal for his contribution to the use od communications technologies for the benefit of the entire population. Likewise, the Carlos Slim Foundation was designated by Forbes Magazine as the most benefactor y business foundation in Mexico.
The Carlos Slim Foundation, created in 1986, has different programs focused on the benefit of the most vulnerable population in Latin America. The Soumaya Museum opened its doors in 1994 with the aim of collecting, researching, preserving, disseminating and exhibiting artistic testimonies from Mexico and Europe mainly. Its purpose is to promote knowledge and enjoyment of the works of art of the realization of permanent, temporary and itinerant exhibitions, monthly catalogues and publications, conferences, film sessions, interactive programs, etc. The museum has a large collection of European and New Spanish masters such as El Greco, Tintoretto, Murillo, Zurbarán, Cranach, Villalpando and Cabrera, as well as artists of the Impressionism and First Vanguards; Renoir, Monet, Cezanne, Van Gogh and Picasso. In addition, the museum has the most important collection of works by Renoir outside France.
Carmen Cervera, Baroness Thyssen-Bornemisza
Latin American Patron Award 2018
She is the one of the most important art collectors in our days and an important international patron. Vice-president of the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum and Academician of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Cádiz, she has received the Grand Cross of Isabel la Católica and the Spanish Golden Medal of the Fine Arts. Thanks to her important work as a patron, she secured the agreement with the Spanish government for the acquisition of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, ensuring that it remained united and accessible to the general public.
The Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum is one of the most important private collections of paintings collected in the 20th century and the history of its creation is one of the most fascinating. Although its origin is private, the collection belongs to all Spaniards in our days after the acquisition by the State in 1993, only one year after the opening of the museum in Madrid.
Patricia Phelps de Cisneros
Latin American Patron Award 2017
Founder of the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection to support the arts, she has been awarded with the Grand Cross of the Civil Order of Alfonso X the Wise and the Leone d’Oro San Marco in Venice among others.
For more than four decades she has strongly supported education and the arts, especially in Latin America, through grants to artists, exhibitions and publications. She is member among others of the MoMA Council and the Trustees of the Reina Sofía Art Museum.
Carlos Fitz-James Stuart, Duke of Alba
Spanish Patron Award 2017
President of the House of Alba Foundation. A cultural institution established by Ms. Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba, aware of the enormous artistic and cultural heritage owned by the family.
Considered one of the most outstanding private art collections of the world, the objectives of the Foundation are to offer the permanent exhibition of the artworks at the Palacio de Liria, preservation and dissemination of the historical and artistic heritage of the House of Alba.
Bárbara Garza Lagüera
Latin American Patron Award 2016
FEMSA Collection has been recognized as one of the most important corporate art collections from Latin America. It has more than 1,200 works that illustrate the evolution, diversity and richness of Latin American art from the 20th and 21st centuries, which special emphasis on Mexican art. Through an active program of exhibitions, the company shares its collection fulfilling its goal of promoting and encouraging artistic creation.
It also has a Loan Program, through which it has collaborated with more than 120 cultural institutions around the world. Another initiative is the FEMSA Biennial, whose mission is to recognize, encourage and disseminate artistic creation in Mexico.
Elena Ochoa Foster
Spanish Patron Award 2016
Ivorypress founded in 1996, is a publishing house focused on the creation and production of artist books. Directs the project C Photo, which promotes photography through publications, exhibitions and academic and institutional support. Ivorypress has created the Department of Contemporary Art at Oxford University.
Along with the whole team, they have curated international exhibitions, C on Cities (10th Venice Biennale of Architecture, 2006), Blood on Paper (Victoria & Albert Museum, London 2008) and Real Venice (Somerset House, London, 2012).
Latin American Patron Award 2015
MISOL seeks to support the Colombian and Latin American art scene and contribute to the formation of different public specialized in the development of a broad and inclusive educational program.
The Foundation aims to provide support to Latin American artists at different stages of their artistic processes, encourage artistic creation with the funding of specific artistic and curatorial projects, contribute with publications specialized in contemporary art, encourage artistic residencies in external programs and provide scholarships in partnership with organizations around the world.
Spanish Patron Award 2015
Grupo Pro Arte y Cultura seeks to support artists from all social and cultural backgrounds, but always from small towns or municipalities as the citizen is the one who chooses and promotes social initiatives.
Each project is studied, and each artist is free to participate. There are more than 200 artists from different nationalities; painters, sculptors, photographers and intellectuals, selected always by a curatorial team.
Art for equality
The Ibero-American Patronage Awards also serve as a platform to promote equality in art.
Every year the awarded of the Ibero-American Patronage Awards receives an artwork from an emerging artist as a recognition to their labour as art patrons.
Eva Fábregas is one of the Spanish artists with more presence in the international art scene. She is currently living and working in London.
MA in Fine Arts at the London Chelsea College of Art and Design and she was conceded among other scolarships the Visual Arts scholarship from the Botín Foundation and “la Caixa Production” from La Caixa Foundation in Barcelona.
She has done several individual exhibitions in important artistic centers such as CentroCentro at the Cibeles Palace in Madrid, in 2019, and at the Kunsverein Centre in Munich in 2018, and the Miró Foundation in Barcelona on 2016 or the prestigious Whitechapel in London on 205. Furthermore, she has collaborated recently in the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week with the designer Ana Locking in the realization of the scenography of her last runaway in 2019.
Leonor Serrano Rivas
Born in Málaga, Spain in 1986, Leonor Serrano Rivas studied Architecture at the Universidad Europea de Madrid (2004-2012) and Fine Arts at the same university (2004-2011). She received her MFA from Goldsmith’s University in 2015 and is currently doing a Research Degree at Slade, UCL (London). Her work explores different mediums and structures in order to create situations between art and architecture, theatre and movement. Her work involves research into historical theories about communication through form, the relationship between the body its movements and design.
Serrano Rivas was recently nominated for the Jarman Award (2018) and has developed a site performance for Swiss Church, London/GB supported by Arts Council of England Grants for the Arts. She had her first live performance in 2014 at Serpentine Galleries summer pavilion, London (UK). She has been awarded with the Botin Foundation International Visual Art Grant; ARCO 2016 Young Artist Award Solán de Cabras; New Contemporaries ICA London and Tokyo Arts and Space Residency (a division of Museum of Contemporary Arts Tokyo) supported by Matadero de Madrid, Spain.
She has recently developed a new film project called Estrella (2018), which has been commissioned by CA2M, Madrid (ES). In addition, she is currently preparing fo her next solo show in the C3A Center of Contemporary Art of Córdoba, scheduled for 2019, as well as her participation in the upcoming exhibition for Fundación Botín.
Museums and collections that have acquired their work are: Botín Foundation, Monte Madrid Foundation, DKV, Andalusian Center for Contemporary Art (CAAC) or Solán de Cabras, among others.
Bachelor of Fine Arts by the Catholic University of Chile and PhD in photography and video from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
Magdalena has been a member of the Research Line "Applications to Audio visual and Multimedia Systems" of the Engineering Department of the Polytechnic University of Barcelona. She currently works as a professor in the Department of Fine Arts of the Antonio de Nebrija University.
She has specialized in photographic and videos research projects on isolated and extreme territories, where man lives. Some of her last projects have been: "The Disappearance", 2008 on the deserts of the Gobi in China and Mongolia and the Atacama in the North of Chile, "La Rinconada", 2013 on the highest gold mine in the world located in Peru, "Luxury has a new Address", 2014, about the wealth and ostentation of the Kuwaiti society, etc.
Some of her individual exhibitions in institutions or museums are, Palacio de la Virreina, Barcelona, Fundación Telefónica Chile, Fundación Telefónica Buenos Aires, Cervantes Institute in Beijing, Palace of the Virreina, Barcelona, Center and Art Nature of Huesca, Museum of Fine Arts of Santander, Caja de Burgos Art Center, Museum of Fine Arts of Santiago de Chile, Museum of Contemporary Art of Santiago de Chile.
Some of the public and private collections where are her works are: Museum of Contemporary Art of Santiago, Chile, Audiovisual Department of the Reina Sofía Museum, Madrid, Spain, IVAM, Valencian Institute of Modern Art, Valencia, Spain, Museum of Fine Arts of Santander, Spain, Fundación Telefónica, Chile, Cajamar, Málaga, Bank of Spain Collection, Spain, Pilar Citoler Collection, Spain, Madame Antoine Friling Collection, France, Solita Mishann Collection, Venezuela.
The work of Amparo Sard is an analysis of the human condition that wanders between doubt and anguish, between the physical and the psychic. From a formal development that, in a first reading, transmits a delicate fragility and an extremely poetic and balanced beauty, but it immediately gives way to a disturbing experience starting, above all, with the systematic and obsessive perforations that finally make up a game of pleasure and pain.
Always innovative and pioneer in her different disciplines, Amparo Sard has just been awarded with the Italian Government Gold Medal for her career, and the First International Deutsche Bank Prize.
Master of Arts in Media Studies at the New School University of New York and Doctorate in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona, has exhibited individually and collectively in galleries, international fairs and museums such as the Irish Museum of Modern Art, White Box New York, the Natuur Historich Museum in Rotterdam, the BOZAR in Brussels, the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Korea or the Royal Ontario Museum. His work is in renowned private and public collections such as the MoMA in New York, the Guggenheim in New York, the West Collection (Museum of Contemporary Art in Chelsea, New York), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, the Taylers Museum (Haarlem, Holland), Deutsche Bank in Berlin and New York, Artium, Loewe Foundation, Col·lecció Testimoni de la Caixa, Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró in Mallorca and in Es Baluard Museu d'art Modern i Contemporani de Palma, among others.