The Caixa Galicia Foundation was born in 1989 as a foundation linked to the Caixa Galicia financial entity, in order to promote culture in its many facets and manifestations. For this, the fundamental purposes were established, among others, the promotion of innovation, the development of creativity and the promotion of cultural identity.
Among its activities stood out the holding of exhibitions, conference cycles, concerts, workshops, theater and dance shows, as well as publications of various fields, both cultural and economic, being recognized for its work with the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts in 1999 and with the Medal of Honor from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando in 2007.
Due to the merger of Caixa Galicia and Caixanova giving rise to Novacaixagalicia in 2010 , the Novacaixagalicia Foundation started to manage the Obra Social of the two old savings banks. In 2012 , Novacaixagalicia itself became a foundation of a special nature under the protectorate of the Junta de Galicia after losing its banking business. [ 1 ]
The Foundation maintained a stable presence in Galicia, not only through collaboration with other institutions, but also through the programming of its own activities that it distributes among its seven headquarters, located in the most important Galician cities, and socio-cultural centers. The headquarters were in:
Caixa Galicia Collection
The Caixa Galicia Collection gradually established itself as one of the most important corporate art collections in the Spanish territory, in which not only Galician artists such as Castelao , Luis Seoane , Laxeiro , Maruja Mallo , Jorge Barbi or Leiro had a place , but also artists Spaniards and foreigners, including Manuel Millares, J. Manuel Broto, M. Ángel Campano, Manolo Valdés, Sean Scully, Soledad Sevilla, Susana Solano, Miquel Navarro, José P. Croft, Tàpies , Granell or Pablo R. Picasso, among others. The foundation periodically held exhibitions of these collections with the idea of showing the public the Collection grouped according to thematic, style or author criteria.
Scholarships and grants
The Caixa Galicia Foundation announced Scholarships for Postgraduate Studies in universities and research centers of academic excellence in order to allow its beneficiaries, Spanish graduates or foreigners residing in Spain, academic improvement and specialization in the most recognized centers of the world. Their First Work Scholarships were created with the aim of supporting young artists through financial support and public screening of their works. These scholarships were destined to promote works of any artistic discipline: literature, music, plastic, scenic or audiovisual arts.
The "Caixa Galicia Foundation Awards" focused on different branches of knowledge and artistic, literary, scientific and technical creation. The objective was to encourage the creativity of young authors in addition to publicly recognizing the work of authors, researchers and scientists.
The foundation's library focused on publishing and promoting works, of which one part came from its own publications department, while the other was nourished by collaboration with various entities. It also had the Caixa Galicia Historical Bibliographic Fund, specialized in ancient books, which holds volumes ranging from the 15th century to the first decades of the 20th.
Center for Economic and Financial Research
In 1999, the Caixa Galicia Foundation (CIEF) Economic and Financial Research Center was created with the aim of contributing to a better understanding of the state's socioeconomic and financial spheres, and in particular Galicia. The CIEF carried out various research projects as well as the publication of socio-economic works.