Tenerife Espacio de Las Artes, is the "local" contemporary art museum. The museum opened in October of 2008 and it is a beautiful building designed by the prestigious architects Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron and Virgilio Gutiérrez. Herzog & de Meuron have done many notable projects, one of them being the Olympic Stadium in Beijing. The museum houses several exhibition halls, a library, a photography center and different common areas: an assembly hall, a gift/book shop, a cafe, and semi-covered plaza.
Above are a few pictures of the interior of the building (the cafe, the library from the outside and the library from the inside), and also a picture of their "fancy" biblio guagua, or book bus. "Guagua" is the local Canary term for an autobús or bus.
Penrose, an English Surrealist painter and poet, best known for his exhibitions and books on the work of his friends Picasso, Ernst, Miró, Man Ray, and Tàpies.
I think we enjoyed the museums architecture and design the most, but we did find several pieces of "Art" that we liked as well. Overall, we preferred the permanent installation the work of Penrose which we did not find all that impressive. The boys seemed to agree.
I think the TES is well worth a visit, and, if they have another exposition that looks interesting, I think we would definitely venture back!
"Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in."