Lily van der Stokker, “Flower Floor Painting,” 2010. Exhibition view at La Conservera, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Murcia. Courtesy La Conservera, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo
La Conservera, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo opened in May 2009, and operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Autonomous Region of Murcia. It is located in Ceutí, which is twenty minutes from the center of the regional capital.
La Conservera’s space, which takes its name from the former use of its building, a canned-food factory, was designed by the architect Fernando de Retes. Each of its four large exhibition galleries has its own character, and together they make up a total of 4,800 square meters.
The center’s activities consist of successive cycles of parallel exhibitions shown simultaneously. To ensure a continuous, logical gallery tour, each show normally comprises five artists who share common concerns. This makes it possible to analyze the same concepts from different standpoints. Likewise, no specific art medium is given priority. On the contrary, constant questioning of disciplines is encouraged. All of these exhibitions are produced by La Conservera itself, concentrating exclusively on organizing specific projects and works for its own spaces.
La Conservera also has its own series of publications, as well as public and educational programs.
Since February 2011, Sala Verónicas, a former church located in downtown Murcia, has since become Conservera’s fifth space. Since 2009, La Conservera has produced seven cycles with a total of thirty-one solo exhibitions.