Bombas Gens, an old factory located in Valencia, opened its doors on July 8 as the new headquarter of the ‘Fundació Per Amor a l’Art’. After almost two years of refurbishment, this art deco building has been reinvented into a new and contemporary art centre that aims to be a reference in Valencia.
The opening will be rolled out in two phases. Firstly, the art gallery will be presented to the public on July 8, 2017. The second phase, programmed for autumn 2017, includes a garden, a medieval wine cellar and a new building set aside for social action. The art centre will open with the first presentation of the Per Amor a l’Art collection, plus a temporary exhibition of the work of the photographers Bleda y Rosa and a show exploring stories behind the former Bombas Gens factory.
The new space has kept the building’s singularity that has entitled it as Local Heritage. The art deco façade designed by Cayetano Borso di Carminati and the elements that remind its industrial past has been restored to accomplish its new purpose. The traditional complex will be complemented by a brand new building that will house the social activities of the foundation. In addition, the renowned Valencian Chef Ricard Camarena will move his one-Michelin-star restaurant into the complex.