The Fundación Chirivella Soriano possesses an extraordinary private collection of modern art that includes works from the end of the 50s to the present day.
The Palau Joan de Valeriola, home of the Fundación Chirivella Soriano, has three floors, with more than 1,000 square metres of exhibition space.
The Fundación Chirivella Soriano is the first private centre for modern art in the city of València. The foundation is based on the following ideas that justify its creation and subsequent development: recover an iconic building in the old quarter of the city of València, the Palau Joan de Valeriola, to show a private collection of modern Spanish painting.
The palatial residence of the Valeriola family is an exceptional example of a gothic noble residence. The importance of the building rests in the fact that many of the original features of the medieval building have survived practically unaltered to the present day, thus creating a magnificent testimony that enables one to understand and appreciate this type of residential architecture. Its rediscovery has also made it possible to rescue an important part of the gothic civil architecture of the region, in highly attractive surroundings. The Fundación offers the perfect setting to enjoy modern art, in a context of marked contrast provided by the historical quarter of València with the Mercado Central, the Curch of Los Santos Juanes and the Lonja de la Seda.
The diversity, quality, originality and age of its coffered ceilings, are a unifying element that is most representative of the building. The rich detail of its ceilings in polychromatic woods in rich colours and complex geometric and plant designs, with a range of compositions, confers tremendous historical and artistic value to the building.
The Gothic architecture of the ground and first floors contrasts with the more modern lines of the second, creating different and varied environments in the same exhibition.