Lourdes Fernández has been involved in the area of contemporary art throughout her career—in Paris at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris; in Madrid at the Galería Marlborough; in Donostia/San Sebastian at Galería DV and the Manifesta 5 biennial; and more recently at ArcoMadrid. She is also a member of the board of trustees of the Fundación Museo Reina Sofía.
Lourdes Fernández was born in Donostia/San Sebastián in 1961. She holds a primary degree in Art History from the Universidad de Barcelona (UB) and a Master’s Degree in Museology and Art Criticism from the Universitá Internazionale dell’Arte (UIA) in Florence.
It would be too long to list the specialized courses, conferences, congresses and specialized meetings in which she has participated, as a listener and as a teacher, throughout all these years. If you want further information please click here.
In a career spanning over 30 years, she has held a number of key posts related to contemporary art and culture, including:
Managing Director of the Azkuna Zentroa/Alhóndiga Bilbao contemporary art and culture centre in Bilbao (2012-2018). Opened in 2010, under her leadership the centre achieved wide international projection and major recognition on the local (Basque) cultural and artistic scene, with a high degree of citizen involvement.
Managing Director of ARCOMadrid, the international contemporary art fair in Madrid (2005-2010) Under her management, substantial changes were made to the structure of the fair. The introduction of a more rigorous selection of participating galleries led to a notable improvement in the overall quality of the event.
Director of Manifesta 5 (2002-2004), the fifth edition of Manifesta, the European contemporary art biennial, staged every two years in a European city. In 2004 it was hosted by the city of Donostia-San Sebastián, under the curatorship of Massimiliano Gioni and Marta Kuzma. The twelfth and most recent edition of Manifesta was staged in Palermo in 2018.
GALERIA DV. Director of Galeria DV (Donostia/San Sebastian) from 1994 to 2002. Founded by the El Diario Vasco newspaper, the aim of gallery was to provide a launchpad for young artists and to promote international art in the city.
In her extensive career in the field of contemporary art, Lourdes Fernández has coordinated different forums, participated in discussion panels, delivered lectures, and sat on numerous juries, and organisations. She has held the following posts:
Member of the Board of Trustees of the Fundación Museo Reina Sofía; member of ICOM (International Council of Museums. UNESCO); Member of the jury of the Prince/Princess of Asturias Art Awards.
Cristina Egaña holds a degree in International Senior Management Secretarial Studies from the Universidad de Navarra and has a post-graduate degree in Administration and Finances from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. She has over six years’ experience as a management assistant in projects linked to culture and contemporary art.
Beñat Mendiburu holds a degree in Business Management and Administration from the Universidad del País Vasco (EHU-UPV). He is currently taking a master’s course in Internationalisation of Organisations at Mondragon Unibersitatea.
Alberto Ferreiro holds a bachelor’s degree in Economic Law from the Universidad de Deusto (1984).
His work centres on civil company law, and general commercial law, although his capacity to analyse problems from a global perspective and to provide practical solutions taking all branches of the law into account, is particularly highly valued.
Due to his interest in art and his extensive knowledge of the subject, he has been called on to advise internationally renowned public and private institutions. He currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the Fundación Museo Reina Sofía.
Maite Barrio holds a BA in Art History from the Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris 4)—where she specialised in Contemporary Art—and a BA in Technical Science, specialising in Conservation from the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1).
She heads our specialist art management and curating team, which includes art conservators, restorers, architects, art historians, archaeologists, engineers, documentalists, dendrochronologists, chemists and other scientists.
She has a diploma in restoration from the Universitá Internazionale dell’Arte (UIA) in Florence, where she specialised in painting on canvas, panel painting and mural painting, and a diploma in museology, also from the UIA.
She is a member of the ICOM (International Council of Museums), SFIIC (French Section of the IIC), the governing bodies of the GEIIC (Spanish Group of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works) and is a member of the scientific committee of its journal Ge-conservación.