Destined to be an architectural referent of the 21st century, the Gaiás Centre Museum is one of the most singular, useful buildings of the City of Culture, which aspires to become the most important exhibition centre in Galicia.
Its spectacular façade, its 43 metres of height, and its surface of more than 16,000 square metres, allow the Gaiás Centre Museum to offer formative, educational activities that turn it into an active centre in continuous renewal.
The Museum has a surface for exhibitions of 6.600 square metres, divided into three plants to host temporary exhibitions of profound importance and installations that because of their magnitude could not be exhibited in other cultural centres of Galicia.
Culture, in its wider, inclusive conception, will be the protagonist of this space that will integrate all the artistic, humanistic, creative demonstrations. Always in cooperation with the cultural framework and within the museum network of Galicia, in order to settle synergies and tight bonds with international entities to face projects of joint production and to enable all kind of exchanges that reinforce the global bonds of our culture.
Since January 2020, the Museum has a cafeteria-restaurant service located on the main floor, open from Monday to Sunday, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Seoane and Lugrís in the Gaiás Centre Museum
The Museum ehibits two of large format works by two of the great names in Galician art: Luís Seoane and Urbano Lugrís. On one side is a mural done by Luís Seoane in Argentina in the ‘70s, commissioned by Isaac Díaz Pardo. This work was designed for the Porcelanas de Magdalena factory (Celtia S.A.), which Díaz Pardo had founded beside the River Plate.
Measuring 230 by 390 centimetres and weighing 200 kilos, it consists of four perfectly joined panels of identical size. On a base of wood fibre board and cardboard, and painted in yellows and ochres, Seone captured some forms in relief, influenced by Galician popular culture, which appeared in all his works while in exile. It is also one of the few examples of Seoane’s murals that can be found in Galicia.
In the entrance hall of the Museum is also the mural Transfer of the Body of the Apostle to Santiago, a work by Urbano Lugrís on a subject related to the Way of St. James produced for a sanatorium in Compostela around 1957, during the time of his greatest artistic splendour. After this healthcare facility closed, the mural started out on a journey that took it to a restaurant and then an art gallery, until it was installed in Gaiás Centre Museum in February 2023, after undergoing restoration work to ensure that it could go on display in the best state of conservation.