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Places in, and out of, Time

Adrastus Collection – Arévalo, Spain

Carol Bove, ’Untitled’, 2011. © the artist. Courtesy Galerie Koch, Hannover
Carol Bove, ’Untitled’, 2011. © the artist. Courtesy Galerie Koch, Hannover

A graphic featured on the website of the Adrastus Collection attests to the relentless commitment of the collection’s administrators to ensuring that the works of the Adrastus are seen throughout the world. A dense network of lines connects dozens of artists, exhibitions, countries, and galleries: Tacita Dean, Moscow, Leonor Antunes, New Dehli, Allora-Calzadilla, New York City, Comillas, Maastricht, Mexico City, the list seems almost infinite. For a collection that describes one of its concerns as the “peripheries of capitalism and of western hegemonies” such outreach and engagement illustrates a commitment to investigating voices and locations that are often overlooked or obscured in the sometimes Eurocentric world of contemporary art. Thus, it may be somewhat surprising that the Adrastus is in the process of constructing a permanent space for works from its collection in the Spanish municipality of Arévalo. Work is currently being undertaken to convert a site including the ruins of a Jesuit college and the Church of San Nicolas—two buildings constructed in the late 1580s which attest to the rich intellectual and spiritual heritage of the place—into a permanent home for works from the Adrastus. The undertaking is daunting; the ruined walls and collapsed rooftops of the old buildings will require more than a few panes of glass and a bit of tiling to make them ready for a global audience, but when work is complete, one of the most robustly contemporary collections of its size in Spain will, at last, have a means of reaching out in a more sustained way to the people of Arévalo and the world.

Roman Ondak, ’Only Good News’, 2000. © the artist. Courtesy Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna
Roman Ondak, ’Only Good News’, 2000. © the artist. Courtesy Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna
Ryan Gander, ’Sometimes you cannot fight it because you are a part of it (Alchemy-Box-#-35)’, 2016. © the artist. Courtesy GB Agency, Paris
Ryan Gander, ’Sometimes you cannot fight it because you are a part of it (Alchemy-Box-#-35)’, 2016. © the artist. Courtesy GB Agency, Paris

The collection includes works by a suitably international array of artists including superstars like Steve McQueen, Pratchaya Phinthong, and—a particular favourite of the collection’s founder, Javier Lumbreras—the Lebanese conceptual master, Walid Raad. Though a kind of easy transnationalism has, perhaps, been the default setting for the discourse of the world of contemporary art in recent decades, the people behind the Adrastus Collection—including Lumbreras, his wife, Lorena Pérez-Jácome, the curator, Patrick Charpenel, and many others—have expressed their belief that the project to create a permanent space in Arévalo is less reflective of the kind of globalist imperative to spectacle familiar from various big-budget museum projects across Europe and the world than an organic outgrowth of the local culture of Arévalo itself. Despite it’s rather small size—as of the last official count, the population of Arévalo was 8 137—the municipality has a rich multicultural history that resonates with the Adrastus’ open and outward-looking programme. Indeed, the town’s name derives from a Celtic—rather than Spanish—word meaning “the place near the wall”. Arévalo’s name might also be familiar to philosophy students as the town to which the so-called “Young Man of Arévalo” claimed his allegiance. The Young Man wrote some of the most detailed post-Reconquista texts about the role of Islam in Europe. Such a rich cultural and intellectual lineage will dovetail with other engagement projects the Adrastus Collection is planning, including an ambitious educational, residence, and conference programme that will integrate the collection, the space, and aspects and historical context provided by Arévalo into a multifaceted creative atmosphere. Contemporary art is, in some ways, a means of accessing cultures that are geographically and socially distant, but, as the Adrastus Collection’s Arévalo museum is hoping to demonstrate, aesthetic idioms as diverse as those of Tino Sehgal and the criminally neglected American photographer and artist, Louise Lawler, can also create a dialogue that spans physical, historic and cultural divides.

Petrit Halilaj, ’Poisoned by men in need of some love (Pavo cristatus)’, 2013. ©the artist. Courtesy Chert Gallery, Berlin
Petrit Halilaj, ’Poisoned by men in need of some love (Pavo cristatus)’, 2013. ©the artist. Courtesy Chert Gallery, Berlin

William Kherbek is the writer of the novel "Ecology of Secrets" (2013, Arcadia Missa) and "UltraLife" (2016, Arcadia Missa). His art journalism has appeared in a number of publications in the UK, US, Germany, Switzerland and Romania.

All images courtesy Adrastus Collection, Arévalo

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Collections (109)

The Perimeter

Famous contemporaries and Victorian industrial architecture in Bloomsbury

Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens

Re-opened and in the middle of Flanders, international art stars show in quick succession

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Key names in international art meet new voices

Rubell Museum

Curator Joey Lico teams up with artist Alexis Diaz to visit the mighty Rubell Museum in Miami

Vorres Museum

3 000 years of Greek history and postwar Greek art

Alexander Ramselaar Collection

A townhouse of young talent from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and around the world

Quetzal Art Centre

Contemporary art on a winery in the picturesque Alentejo region

Sammlung Wemhöner

A spontaneous exhibition set up in the now empty ballroom, before opening in 2023 as the collection's new home

Museum Liaunig

Nuriel Molcho and Francesca Gavin travel out of Vienna to hillside Carinthia, to meet with Peter Liaunig

Frissiras Museum

3 500 contemporary figurative paintings

Arario Museum in Space

Wide-ranging collection of Korean and Western art by the country’s leading collector and gallerist

Fondazione Brodbeck

Contemporary art in a post-industrial complex—in the shadow of a volcano

Peyrassol—Parc de Sculptures

A sculpture park on a centuries-old vineyard in Provence

Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung

A location for contemporary glass and photography

Colección de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat

Argentina's wealthiest woman presents six centuries of art-treasure collecting

Rossini Art Site (RAS)

Large-scale sculpture in a landscape park

Castello di Ama per l’Arte Contemporanea

Site-specific installations for a dual passion: art and wine

Kasteel Wijlre Estate

Art from the 1960s to the present in a modern pavilion

Fundació Vila Casas

Three buildings, three points of focus: painting, sculpture and photography

Gibbs Farm

A sculpture park in XXL format with monumental art in the grandness of nature

Kloster Schoenthal

Nature-inspired sculptures in a pristine landscape

Pinchuk Art Centre

Blue-chip contemporary in the first private museum in the former USSR

Museo James Turrell — The Hess Art Collection, Colomé

Turrell’s largest Skyspace and additional light rooms in breathtaking surroundings


An extensive private collection of Swiss contemporary art of the last fifty years

Mathaf—Arab Museum of Modern Art

A Royal Collection Spanning 200 Years of Arab Art – Doha, Qatar


DJ Cassy and Francesca Gavin meet with collectors Venke and Rolf A. Hoff in Henningsvær, Norway

Stella Art Foundation

An exhibition space for contemporary Russian art

Sara Piccinini

Senior Coordinator, Collezione Maramotti - Reggio Emilia, Italy

Reflection and Speculation

Sammlung von Kelterborn – Frankfurt, Germany

Deichtorhallen Hamburg – Sammlung Falckenberg

Positions of social criticism in German and American contemporary art – Hamburg, Germany

The Walther Collection

Inside and Outside the Frame – Neu Ulm, Germany

Peter Ibsen Collection

Minimalist Works That Hone Your Sense for Detail – Copenhagen, Denmark

Initiating Dialogues

Sammlung Hoffmann – Berlin, Germany

The Mallin Collection & Buckhorn Sculpture Park

Andrea Denver and Francesca Gavin meet with collectors Sherry and Joel Mallin in Upstate New York

The Agah Uğur Collection

One of the Largest Video Art Collections in Istanbul, Turkey

KA Modern and Contemporary Art Space

900 Square Meters Dedicated to Lebanon’s Most Significant Artists – Beirut, Lebanon

Art About Beauty and Infirmity

Collezione De Iorio – Trento, Italy

Living Collection

Gary Yeh and Francesca Gavin meet with architect and collector William Lim in Hong Kong

Early Passions

Z Collection – Hong Kong, China

Infinite Interiors

Philara Collection – Dusseldorf, Germany

Papko Art Collection

Works of Turkish Modernism at the legendary Ralli Apartment in Istanbul

Risky Business

Astrup Fearnley Museet – Oslo, Norway

Something Special, Something Sacred

The Goss-Michael Foundation – Dallas, United States of America

JAHM – Justin Art House Museum

Digital and Abstract Art — Melbourne, Australia

A More Democratic Art

MACBA – Museum of Contemporary Art of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Embracing the Accidental

Trajković Collection – Belgrade, Serbia

Galila's P.O.C.

A Collection Made up of Thematic Collections – Brussels, Belgium

Establishing Roots and Creating Links

The Ovidiu Șandor Collection – Timișoara, Romania

Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz

Abstract painting and concept art in Brazil’s interior – São Paulo

Conversation Pieces

KUNSTSAELE Berlin – Berlin, Germany

Magazzino Italian Art

Contemporary Italian Art on the Hudson River – New York

Slow Learning

de la Cruz Collection – Miami, United States of America

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa

A venue for contemporary African art – Cape Town

The Elliott Eyes Collection

Engaging With the Collectors – Sydney

Foundation Francès

A French roadtrip reaching the radical reflections of artist Kader Attia

The Sublime Hyacinth Collection

Czech Art Meets Czech Design – Prague, Czech Republic

Marciano Art Foundation

Contemporary art at the Masonic temple – Los Angeles

Time Stamps

Julia Stoschek Collection – Berlin, Germany

Generative Grammars

Servais Family Collection – Brussels, Belgium

Chasing the Future

dslcollection – Paris, France

Charged Atmospheres

Transformer Station – Cleveland, United States of America

Eloquent Silences

The Givon Art Forum – Tel Aviv, Israel

Counting to Ten

Ten Cubed – Melbourne, Australia

Dispersing Narratives

The Wedge Collection – Toronto, Canada

Dialogues in Nature

Chatsworth – Bakewell, Great Britain

Present Pasts

The Feuerle Collection – Berlin, Germany

Space for the Future

The Vanhaerents Art Collection – Brussels, Belgium

Colección Contemporánea

A Global Collection from a Seasoned Art Collector In Mexico City

Adrastus Collection

A Collection That Shows the Diversity of Art in the Age of Globalization – Arevalo, Spain

Masters and Romantics

Collection Lambert – Avignon, France

Fondazione Rolla

A Collection of Modern and Contemporary Photography in Ticino

Finnish Rhapsody

Didrichsen Art Museum – Helsinki, Finland

Cranford Collection

One of Europe’s Most Important Collections with Renowned Contemporaries in Regent’s Park – London

Broad Minded

Artist Tomasz Kobialka on The Broad – Los Angeles, USA

Jean-Paul Najar Foundation

European-American Post-Minimalist Art in a Bauhaus-inspired building – Dubai

Treasure Hunt

The Wanås Foundation/Wanås Konst – Knislinge, Sweden

AMC Collezione Coppola

A Curious Collector Acquiring Art to Broaden his Understanding of the World

A Home for Light and Color

MALBA – Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires

Newport Street Gallery

Damien Hirst’s ‘Murderme’ Collection finds a permanent home – London

Franks Suss Collection

A Duo Investing in Artists and Not Cashing In – Hong Kong, London and Sydney

Mallin Collection & Buckhorn Sculpture Park

A Magic Sculpture Garden in Westchester County – Pound Ridge, New York

Shine On

Wurlitzer – Berlin-Pied-à-Terre Collection – Berlin, Germany

Houghton Hall – King's Lynn

Lavish 18th Century interiors juxtaposed with contemporary outdoor sculpture

Venet Foundation

An Artist’s Take on Collecting in the South of France

G2 Kunsthalle

Large-scale paintings of the New Leipzig School in dialogue

The Immaculate Collection

Igal Ahouvi Art Collection – Tel Aviv, Israel


The best of Chinese contemporary art, available 24/7/365

Thoma Foundation

Two intimate art spaces in Chicago and Santa Fe encourage dialogue between work and viewer

Lyon Housemuseum

Located near Melbourne, Australia, collector Corbett Lyon designed the Housemuseum to share it with the public

Follow The Yellow Brick Road

Inhotim – Instituto de Arte Contemporânea e Jardim Botânico

Portraiture Confronting a Land’s Traumatic Past

The Walther Collection – Project Space New York – New York City

Conceptual Authenticity

Sammlung Barbara und Axel Haubrok - haubrok projects - Berlin, Germany

A Self-taught Collector

Vass Collection - Veszprém, Hungary

Roots in Rotterdam

Concordia Collection - Rotterdam, Netherlands

Louvre goes Lens – and Pinault follows

How France’s most established museum and collector are redeveloping forgotten places

History Reinvented

Insights into the influential collection of Martin Parr

A Collection Which Never Sleeps

David Roberts Art Foundation – Great Britain, London

Get Lucky

David Walsh and his MONA

An Eye into a Secret World

SIP Shpilman Institute for Photography – Tel Aviv, Israel

Gifts for Philadelphia

Private collectors with a generous heart

A New Home for Miami’s Art Scene

On the opening of the Jorge M. Pérez Museum

Prima Materia at Punta Della Dogana

François Pinault Foundation - Venice, Italy

Eric and Jean Cass Collection

A private collection goes public

Bernardo Paz’s Transformative Museum

A closer look at Inhotim in Brazil

The Open Road to Jupiter

Robert & Nicky Wilson - Jupiter Artland

Collecting with an Impact

Dakis Joannou - Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art

Menil Collection Makeover

Starting with the parking lot

White Rabbit Collection

Chinese Contemporary Art – Australia, Sydney