Art and culture Sara  Martinez

Santiago de Compostela: a pilgrimage to the city’s museums

Galicia’s capital offers a broad variety of museums and cultural options. From the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela Museum, with its wonderful collection of works that reveal the history and art of this monument, to other emblematic sites such as Casa de la Troya, the Museos del Pueblo Gallego or the University of Santiago’s Museo de Historia Natural, which will introduce you to the history and the present of the people of Santiago de Compostela.

Museo de la Ciudad y de las Peregrinaciones

In this building, formerly part of the Bank of Spain and remodelled by the Ourense native architect Manuel Gallego Jorreto, you’ll be able to enjoy the exhibition entitled El Camino Francés a Santiago featuring illustrations of the Jacobian route by Munehiro Ikeda. In 1996, the Japanese artist – one of the most representative of his country – presented his drawings in Tokyo. The illustrations tell the story (in Japanese) of the Camino de Santiago and are meant to shine the spotlight on the pilgrimage in his country.

Remember that it’s closed on Mondays

Ciudad de la Cultura de Galicia

This space, which comprises several buildings dedicated to culture, is the work of US architect Peter Eisenman and occupies 141,800 sq m. The star of the complex is the Gaiás Centre Museum. Forty-three metres high and featuring a highly original façade, it is hosting Flor Novoneyra – a very interesting fusion of poetry and painting – until 26 November. The artist Antón Lamazares is exhibiting more than 100 works in which he interprets verses by the poet Uxío Novoneyra through painting.

Don’t miss the free guided tours on Saturdays organised by the cultural centre
Don’t miss the free guided tours on Saturdays organised by the cultural centre Ciudad de la Cultura

Afundación Obra Social ABANCA

Cervantes Square is the site of the headquarters of the Abanca social centre, made up of an auditorium and several exhibition halls. It is hosting the exhibition A mirada Contemporánea until 5 January. The 42 works – paintings, sculptures and mixed media pieces – include the work of 27 artists like Antoni Tàpies, Manuel Rivera, Berta Cáccamo and Antonio Saura.

The foundation’s collection offers a tour of Galician art from the 19th century to today

Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporáneo

Designed by the Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza and inaugurated in 1993, it’s built of materials characteristic of the city – stone and glass for the façades and wood for the interiors. In addition to its permanent collection – containing more than 1,000 works by Galician artists – it’s offering a seminar entitled Novas Narratives na Historia da Arte Contemporánea on 24 and 25 November. This event will also include an exhibition entitled Modelo X Armar, a collection paraphrasing the title of Julio Cortázar’s experimental novel and made up exclusively of Galician artists. You can visit it until 25 February.

The museum’s terrace is the site of Dan Graham’s installation Triangular Pavilion; don’t miss it!