The Glòria Soler Foundation is a non-profit entity founded in 2015 by Josep Suñol Soler, in memory of his mother. The Glòria Soler Foundation is based in Barcelona, from where it develops programmes which aspire to global relevance. Remaining loyal to its founder’s vision, the Foundation collaborates in research for global health and projects conceived to bring art closer to individuals, two areas of activity that are held to be fundamental for all of society.
Josep Ildefons Suñol i Soler (Barcelona, 1927–2019), the son of Josep Suñol i Garriga and Glòria Soler Elias, was a businessman, lawyer and collector of contemporary art. He had a long and fruitful career as a philanthropist, both as a collector and patron of the arts, and for his contributions to social advancement and art promotion through his two foundations: the Glòria Soler Foundation and the Suñol Foundation.
Since 2015, the Foundation has contributed to various programmes in the field of health, amongst which feature: support for the Paediatric Palliative Care Unit of the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu; support for the development of a therapeutic vaccine and clinical trials to fight HIV/AIDS, as led by the IrsiCaixa team; and collaboration with Project Ari of the Hospital Clínic in Barcelona, focused on the treatment of leukaemia.
The Foundation encourages networked activity. Through research, creativity and the spread of knowledge, it seeks the scalability of all its initiatives so that they might benefit the greatest number of individuals.
In the field of art, the Glòria Soler Foundation works together with the Suñol Foundation, a private non-profit organisation which in 2008 opened the collection of Josep Suñol to the public, taking on a fundamental societal role in the cultural context through the promotion of contemporary art.
Both Foundations, working together, encourage public programmes and educational projects in contemporary art that are conceived for a diversity of societal groups, in dialogue with a broad range of cultural and social agents. Some of the most relevant educational projects include Art a la carta and Diverse Format, amongst others.
In this same area of interest, the Foundation has collaborated with Torrents d’Art, a programme backed by the Mental Health Department of the Sant Joan de Déu Health Centre and the Obra Social Sant Joan de Déu, enlivening dialogue between art and mental health by involving the centre’s users, while establishing alliances with other vulnerable groups in society and the general public.
Josep Suñol Soler
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Silvia Noguer Figuerol
Jorge Viladomiu Peitx
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Ariana Benedé Jover
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The Suñol Foundation is a non-profit organisation which opened the Suñol Soler Collection to the public in 2007. It has taken on a fundamental role in the cultural context through the promotion of contemporary art.
The Suñol Foundation has various areas of activity.
It is dedicated to the conservation and dissemination of the collection, which in different formats and readings is shown both at its main venue and at external spaces, in collaboration with recognised cultural institutions.
It is firmly committed to contemporary creation through the production and organisation of exhibitions and activities on themes, artists or projects of interest in the contemporary artistic context.
It further promotes public programs and educational projects related to contemporary art, which are conceived for a diversity of groups, in dialogue with a variety of agents.
The Suñol Foundation is also home to a Library featuring more than ten thousand publications related to contemporary art, including theoretical volumes, specialised magazines, exhibition catalogues and monographs dedicated to individual artists. It is open to the public and can be consulted by arranging a visit with Foundation staff.
Over more than 40 years, Josep Suñol has built up the collection through friendships with artists, museum directors, gallery owners and other professionals in the art world. Drawing on this spirit, the Suñol Soler Collection forms a personal memory but also a collective one.
The Suñol Soler Collection offers the possibility of outlining multiple pathways through artistic creation from the years 1915 to 2006, while revealing a unique way of understanding the art of collecting.
The Collection allow us to articulate a very broad vision of avant-garde creation throughout the 20th century through some of its national and international references such as Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, Fontana, Man Ray, Tàpies or Chillida, among others.
The Glòria Soler Foundation collaborates strategically with the Suñol Foundation, an entity dedicated to the dissemination and promotion of art that has one of the most important contemporary art collections in the entire State, with a fund of more than a thousand works by 250 artists. Together, both foundations work to spread contemporary art and bring their values closer to society.
The IrsiCaixa AIDS Research Institute is an internationally renowned institute, leader in the research for the eradication of HIV/AIDS and related diseases. The research they carry out also faces other relevant biomedical challenges, such as the study of the microbiome and emerging infectious diseases.
The Hospital Clínic of Barcelona is a teaching hospital related to the University of Barcelona. Founded in 1906, it has been awarded by IASIST for ten consecutive years as one of the TOP 20 hospitals nationwide. The Hospital Clínic is one of the four large national reference hospitals in Spain.
The center is a network of assistance, teaching and research services integrated into two broad areas: General Hospital and Mental Health. In the latter, a wide range of specialized mental health and adult rehabilitation devices in the territory have been developed.
The Hospital Sant Joan de Déu is a university hospital founded in Barcelona in 1867. It specializes in pediatrics, gynecology and obstetrics. Belonging to the Hospital Order of San Juan de Dios, the hospital stands out for its special attention to the social problems of families and patients.
The Banc dels Aliments de Barcelona (Food Bank of Barcelona) is an independent, apolitical, non-denominational and non-profit Foundation, whose main objectives are to avoid waste by recovering surplus food suitable for human consumption and to fight poverty, by delivering it to people in a situation of food precariousness in our environment.