In the belief that few things contribute to personal development and creativity to generate economic and social wealth like the arts, the Botín Center reopens its doors so that the citizens of Santander and Cantabria can once again enjoy their artistic, formative and cultural supply.


The Botín Foundation wanted to open the art center as soon as possible to contribute to the revival of activity and the economy convinced that, now more than ever, the arts can play a fundamental role in personal and social development.


The opening of the Botín Center hopes to help the gradual recovery of tourism in Santander. In addition, the local vision that the project has had since its inception - 140,000 Cantabrians already have their permanent Pass - fits very well with the reorientation towards the environment itself that the new situation is causing in museums and art centers around the world.


The Center has adapted its operation and the development of its activities so that visitors can enjoy it in a calm and safe way. This Tuesday, May 12, people can once again visit the exhibitions that house its halls:




Room 2. Curator: Benjamin Weil, artistic director of the Botín Center

Based in Berlin, Albanian Anri Sala (Tirana, Albania, 1974) is able to delve deep into non-verbal modes of communication thanks to his prodigious narrative technique. Music and movement are key in his work and form the theme of much of his sound and video installations, as well as his sculptural works, which often take the form of self-executing musical instruments.

In this new project for the Botín Center, Sala proposes a reflection on our way of relating to the image in an era characterized by media saturation. The exhibition implies a double idea of ​​movement: that inherent in a work based on time, based on music and the filmic image; and that of the visitor, who creates its own experience when entering the exhibition hall.




Room 1. Curator: Benjamin Weil, artistic director of the Botín Center

The Botín Center inaugurated at the end of 2019 this exhibition that commemorates the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Itinerarios series, making a careful selection of twenty-five artists, former beneficiaries of the Botín Foundation Visual Arts Scholarships in these twenty-five years of existence, thus reflecting the institution's commitment to the latest art and bearing witness to the history of contemporary art at the turn of the century.

In the exhibition you can see works by Lara Almarcegui, Basma Alsharif, Leonor Antunes, Javier Arce, Erick Beltrán, David Bestué, Bleda and Rosa, Nuno Cera, Patricia Dauder, Patricia Esquivias, Karlos Gil, Carlos Irijalba, Adrià Julià, Juan López, Rogelio López Cuenca, Renata Lucas, Mateo Maté, Jorge Méndez Blake, Regina de Miguel, Leticia Ramos, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Teresa Solar Abboud, Leonor Serrano Rivas, Jorge Yergui and David Zink Yi.




Room 1. Permanent exhibition.

A selection of eight works from the art collection of Jaime Botín, patron of the Botín Foundation, are permanently exhibited at the Botín Center. Chronologically, the ensemble reflects almost entirely the 20th century art, beginning with Half-length Figure, created by Isidre Nonell in 1907, and ending with Self Portrait with Injured Eye, painted by Francis Bacon in 1972. Other works on display in this room are Femme espagnole (1917) by Henri Matisse; Harlequin (1918) by Juan Gris; To the bathroom. Valencia (1908) by Joaquín Sorolla; Woman in Red (1931) by Daniel Vázquez Díaz; The builder of masks (1944) by José Gutiérrez Solana and Portrait of my mother (1942) by Pancho Cossío.



Centro Botín

The Botín Center, a work of the architect Renzo Piano, is the most important project of the Botín Foundation and aspires to be a benchmark private art center in Spain, part of the international circuit of first-rate art centers, which will contribute in Santander, through the arts, to develop creativity to generate economic and social wealth. It will also be a pioneering place in the world for the development of creativity that will take advantage of the potential that the arts have for the development of emotional intelligence and the creative capacity of people. Finally, it will be a new meeting place in a privileged enclave in the city center, which will complete a cultural axis of the Cantabrian coast, becoming an engine for the national and international promotion of the city and the region.