Lanzarote is the fourth largest Canary Island, a place built of visually arresting volcanic landscapes, formed over centuries of eruptions. The extravagant landforms that remain are eerily beautiful, and Lanzarote’s late, great artist and architect César Manrique loved nothing more than making unusual buildings out of them.
The César Manrique Foundation is based at the Manrique’s former home, built on the site of 18th century eruptions. This incredible building contains five areas situated within volcanic bubbles, and a central cave with a swimming pool, barbecue and even a small dance floor. The Foundation also contains an art gallery, featuring sketches by legendary artists Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso.
Explore Artist’s Homes
Visitors are welcome to come and explore the artist’s former home. The complex is run by a non-profit organisation, with all proceeds from ticket sales going towards preserving the art and architecture of Lanzarote, of which Manrique’s legacy is a fundamental part. You can track down more examples of his work all over the island, with his famous Fecundidad sculpture and 600 capacity concert venue, Jameos del Agua,’just two of the more notable examples.
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