History of The Sorolla Museum Foundation

Retrato de Clotilde

As explained in the section The Museum, the Sorolla Museum Foundation was created through the bequest of Clotilde García del Castillo, the painter's widow, who bequeathed her personal collection of his “paintings, notes and drawings” and the family home to the Spanish State in her 1925 will, in order to create a Museum in remembrance of her late husband. The State accepted the bequest and the Sorolla Museum opened as the Sorolla Museum Private Educational Foundation.

It remained in this form until 1993, when new regulations prohibited the State from owning foundations. The institution was then divided into two: The Sorolla Museum, dependent on the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, and the Sorolla Museum Foundation, which is still connected to the Museum and is governed by its Board.

The Sorolla Museum Foundation is listed as no.5, dated 1931, on the Register of Cultural Foundations of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. It has its own collections which are conserved in the Museum.

According to its Statutes, it is a “private non-profit cultural foundation to promote, encourage and support actions related to perpetuating the name and recognition of Joaquín Sorolla Bastida and ensure the compliance of the Museum with the objectives and purpose for which it was created.” It is governed by Law 59/2002 of 26 December on Foundations.

The Foundation collaborates closely with the Museum, within the framework of the Partnership AgreementPDF , signed by both entities, by organising various activities and financing projects, mainly for temporary exhibitions and research.Salto de línea


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