Top exhibitions in Valencia you simply cannot miss

Public date: 
Thursday 10 May 2018

With the good weather, Valencia’s sunny terraces or a walk along its seafront promenade are certainly appealing options. However, the city’s museums have such tempting propositions that sometimes it is impossible to resist the allure of their collections (and air-conditioned rooms!). From works by renowned national and international artists to displays about the city’s history and traditions, Valencian museums have something for everyone.

If you are a culture vulture visiting Valencia this month, you are in luck. Not only you will find several top exhibitions that you simply cannot miss. Besides, the city celebrates International Museum Day on 18 May and the European Museum Night on 19 May with free entry, guided visits and other special events at many of its galleries.

Make a note of some of the top exhibitions currently on show in Valencia and plan your visit:

1. Okuda’s bright colours at the Centre del Carme

Until 27 May, you can still admire the colourful geometrical figures that characterise Okuda San Miguels works at Valencia’s Centre del Carme. “The multicolored equilibrium between animals and humans” exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, photography, videos and art installations from different periods in the career of the Spanish artist, who designed this year’s municipal falla for the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. Entry to the exhibition is free.

2. The genious of Miró at the IVAM… also for free!

Joan Miró needs no introduction. His abstract paintings are immediately recognised and admired all over the world. For the first time, Valencia’s Modern Art Museum, the IVAM, is displaying more than 100 works by the artist, including paintings, drawings, sculptures and posters, in the “Joan Miró: order and disorder” exhibition, open until 16 June. And, if you go on Museum International Day, you can skip the 6 euro ticket! Don’t miss the rest of the museum, which has many other great works of art including, from 17 May, a new exhibition dedicated to Valencian painter Ignacio Pinazo.

3. “Three in one” at Bancaja Cultural Centre

Talking of Valencian painters, Joaquín Sorolla is probably the most famous one internationally. Now you can see a collection of his more obscure religious paintings, some on display for the first time, at the Bancaja Cultural Centre. But that is not all. The gallery’s “Zuloaga: character and emotion” exhibition will take you through the works of another world-famous Spanish painter. And at the “Espais d’Art” exhibition you can immerse yourself in the Valencian art of the 60s, 70s and 80s through the works of 39 local artists. Three great exhibitions in one place, what else could you wish for?

4. Life in Andalusia through the lens of Joel Meyerowitz at Bombas Gens

Renowned photographer Joel Meyerowitz brings his vision of 1960s Spain to the new Bombas Gens art centre in Valencia. The “Out of darkness” exhibition features colour and black and white photographs taken during his stay in Malaga in 1966-67, which provide a glimpse into the social, cultural and political complexities of the time. While you are there, don’t miss the centre’s other collections, and a visit to its medieval wine cellar and Civil War air-raid shelter.

5. The beauty of Valencian fabrics at the Silk Museum

Have you visited the College of High Silk Art, the beautiful 15th century building that is home to the new Silk Museum since 2016? If not, now is your best chance! Catch the new temporary exhibition about “The colour of Valencian silk” to learn more about the importance of the silk trade in the city and appreciate the sheer beauty of the delicate Valencian fabrics, which are still very much part of Valencian culture and traditions. Do you want more? Visit on 18 May, and your ticket will also give you free entry to the Church of San Nicolas, dubbed Valencia’s Sistine Chapel.

6. Hiroshige's landscapes at the MuVIM

Valencia has something for Japanese art enthusiasts too! At the Valencian Museum of the Enlightment and Modernity (MuVIM), you can admire the whole series of prints of Japanese landscapes known “The 53 stations of the Tōkaidō”, Utagawa Hiroshige's best known work.

With so many exhibitions and museums to choose from… you will need to make an effort and set some time aside to enjoy the sun!