Arts and culture
Family is thousands of miles away for some BBVA Compass employees and contractors. And around the holidays, this distance is especially felt. So, Pavani Vepuri – BBVA Compass Quality Assurance Analyst who was born and raised in Nandivelugu, Tenali, India – decided to bring a bit of home to Birmingham.
14 Nov 2018
After five years of existence, the Leonardo Grants have become a distinguished hallmark in Spain’s research and cultural communities with more than 300 grants awarded, totaling €10.5 million. For the first time, the BBVA Foundation has brought together many of its grant-winning researchers and cultural creators to announce Red Leonardo, an initiative to provide continuity and follow-up to the projects that were made possible by the BBVA grants. The grant program was created to give a boost to a community that had previously not been adequately addressed. Francisco González, president of the BBVA Foundation stressed the importance of innovation in science and culture as “the most powerful tool for addressing the substantial challenges of our time, on both an individual and community level.”
30 Oct 2018
The exhibition brings together nearly 200 works reconstructing some of the lesser known phases of Surrealism in the 1930s,1940s, and early 1950s – through the lens of Lee Miller. The exhibition is organized like a dialog between Miller’s photographs and works by artists such as Max Ernst, Leonora Carrington, Man Ray, Eileen Agar, Paul Nash, Salvador Dalí, Giorgio de Chirico, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Maruja Mallo, Dora Maar, and others.
18 Jun 2018
BBVA Group Executive Chairman Francisco González and José Pedro Pérez-Llorca, the President of the Board of Trustees of the Museo del Prado, today inaugurated the first major exhibition dedicated solely to the portraits of Lorenzo Lotto. Jointly organized with the National Gallery of London, the show is exclusively sponsored by the BBVA Foundation.
13 Jun 2018
“We have a powerful science, but when it comes to individual and, especially, public decision making processes, we fail to harness that power, because its validity is denied or put on an equal footing with baseless opinions.” With these words Francisco González summed up the spirit that presided over the BBVA Foundation’s Frontiers of Knowledge Awards ceremony.
31 May 2018
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao opens “Chagall. The Breakthrough Years, 1911-1919,” sponsored by the BBVA Foundation. The exhibition, which runs through September 2, consists of more than 80 early paintings and drawings by the Russian-born French artist.
15 May 2018
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston today unveiled the newest addition to its Susan and Fayez S. Sarofim Campus, the new Glassell School of Art and BBVA Compass Roof Garden and The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza.
President and CEO of BBVA Compass Onur Genç was on hand to help MFAH Director Gary Tinterow and MFAH Chair Richard D. Kinder announce the completion of the project.
09 May 2018
22 Mar 2018
One of the biggest pieces of news these days in the art world comes in the form of a rare Picasso piece once owned by Gertrude Stein.
09 Mar 2018
There is no greater witness to history than art. Present in all eras and cultures, artisticcreations have come down to our day filled with esthetic and documentary value. For that reason, the work at the BBVA Collection has very little to do with finance. It consists of caring for art, in order to preserve our history.
14 Feb 2018
Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho has been recognized with the BBVA Foundation’s Frontiers of Knowledge Award for “a contribution to contemporary music that is extraordinary in its individuality, breadth and scope,” as she has managed to seamlessly interweave the worlds of acoustic music and technology.
09 Feb 2018
On Sunday March 4, the global capital of the film industry will once again don formal dress to announce its highest honors. During the ceremony, celebrities will attend a number of parties but without a doubt, one of the most popular and long-awaited will be the charity dinner hosted by Elton John each year to collect funds for his foundation. This year, the Roca brothers, the celebrated restaurateurs of Girona, will be in charge of the preparing a special menu for the occasion – a menu not just for the stars, but for a good cause.
09 Jan 2018
BBVA offers its private banking clients access to the best art advisory service in the world, to help them develop their taste and passion within the most promising sectors of the art market. BBVA has partnered with The Fine Art Group, a global art and finance house, to provide its clients with an art advisory service. But, what does art advisory really entail?
14 Dec 2017
For a while after science-fiction was first coined as a term, it seemed like the only thing the genre would be capable of producing would be just that: purely fictional works with no connection to reality. Today, we can already enjoy some of the futuristic innovations featured in some movies a while back, such as virtual reality or artificial intelligence. Which sci-fi movies predicted the future digital era and got it right?
24 Oct 2017
The tenth month of the year is the most ‘summertumn’ of all. Check iWeather on a smartphone to see if it’s too cold to wakeboard. Use a laptop to find the best less-mainstream brunch spot in the Malasaña neighborhood. Having a hard time understanding? Maybe some millennial tips are needed to learn the slang.
12 Oct 2017
It’s not every day you hear about a bank teaming up with a multi-Emmy award-winner to create opportunities for people and places across the country, but that’s exactly what BBVA Compass and national television personality Sandra Lee have been doing for over a year.
25 Sep 2017
The BBVA Historical Archive is a private business archive that traces its roots back 160 years, to the bank´s founding in 1857. Located in Bilbao, it houses the basic documentation of the three banks that would later form BBVA: Banco de Bilbao, Banco de Vizcaya and Argentaria. During the 19th and most of 20th Century, their geographical context was largely limited to Spain; it was only at the end of the 20th century that BBVA began its international expansion.
19 Sep 2017
Actors Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks recently hosted The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’ (SCLA) 27th Annual Simply Shakespeare benefit on Sept. 18, where BBVA Compass gave its inaugural Bright Futures Award to an army veteran who is bringing opportunities to those in need.
21 Aug 2017
Under 30, entrepreneurs and digital. This are the common traits that define the young Europeans chosen by Forbes magazine in its ’30 Under 30′ list. A mobile navigation aide for the visually impaired, a meal kit delivery platform, a t-shirt that allows users to peek inside the human body, a nightlife finder in London… Many tech-related projects that deserve special attention. Here we take a look at a few of them.
14 Aug 2017
Just as they do every summer, the streets of Paris, New York and Madrid prepare to be discovered by visitors and to enliven their imagination. Who hasn´t dreamed at one time or another of strolling through their favorite city two hundred years ago and living its history in first person? There´s no need to go on dreaming. Thanks to the BBVA Collection, we can go around the world and revisit the past.
12 Jul 2017
BBVA Global Wealth, the private banking unit of BBVA, will be partnering with the consulting firm The Fine Art Group to offer its customers comprehensive art advice. The goal is to help BBVA’s Private Banking clients understand and manage art as an investment. This service is currently available in Spain, Mexico and Switzerland and will soon be expanded to other regions.
05 Jul 2017
Every summer, in early July, the Grand-Place in Brussels returns to the 16th century and receives the Court of Charles V. For three days, the centre of Brussels becomes the home of period costumes, jousting on horseback, and crossbow tournaments in celebration of the Ommegang Festivities.
20 Jun 2017
Music, an indispensable connecting thread for telling stories. Excitement, a fundamental element when starting a new project. The responsibility for producing a job well done. These are the three pieces of a new puzzle that BBVA is putting together. Do you want to know more?
30 May 2017
If there’s something Adam Zagajewski understands, or rather, doesn’t understand, it’s the notion of borders, because the city limits of the place where he grew up are now very different. The Polish poet and essayist, several short-listed as a candidate for the Nobel Prize, discussed this idea of blurred homelands with Juan Manuel Bonet, Director of the Instituto Cervantes, during a conversation on European culture held at the BBVA Foundation to mark the 20th anniversary of the Sibila magazine.
04 May 2017
The BBVA Continental Foundation, in association with Fondo Social de Paita (Social Fund of Paita), the Provincial Municipality of Paita, the Local Educational Management Unit of Paita and the Port Terminal of Paita, rolled out “Leer es estar Adelante (Reading Means Keeping Ahead),” a program aimed at helping students build their reading and understanding skills, in 13 public schools in the Province of Paita.
21 Apr 2017
Following the urgent measures adopted by Franco’s government to expedite the reconstruction of the economy, the Ministry of Finance redoubled its efforts to strengthen its grip over the banking sector. On the last day of 1946, a new banking law was passed, outlining the new scenario in which institutions would be required to operate during the next decade.
07 Apr 2017
As Franco’s government endeavored to rebuild the economy of country in shambles, companies started focusing on their own efforts to lay the foundations of their businesses in a new market, marked by much tighter government control and the impossibility of engaging in any sort of foreign commercial activity. As for banks, they faced the daunting task of putting back together the two realities into which the sector had been split during the war.
04 Apr 2017
His Majesty, Emeritus King Juan Carlos and Her Majesty, Emeritus Queen Sofía opened the exhibition “Treasures of the Hispanic Society Museum and Library” at the Prado Museum today, accompanied by the Minister of Education, Culture and Sports Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, BBVA Global Executive Chairman Francisco González and the Chair of the Museum’s Board, José Pedro Pérez-Llorca.
03 Apr 2017
When Juan Vespucci drew the first complete image of the world, 500 years ago, he could have never imagined that his Mapa Mundi would be flying around the world from a still not very well traced location in North America. 200 artistic treasures from the most prominent collection of Spanish art outside the Iberian Peninsula have travelled from the home of the Hispanic Society of New York, to dress up the walls of the Prado Museum, from April 4th through September 10th.
10 Mar 2017
The Roca brothers continue demonstrating their enthusiasm for exploring new territories and supporting young talent. After three international tours, their new challenge focuses on Spain. La Coruña, Bilbao, Seville, Valencia, Madrid, Barcelona and the Canary Islands are their upcoming destinations.
08 Mar 2017
“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas”. This is one of the most famous quotes from renowned scientist Marie Curie. IT was, precisely, her interest in the world that led her to become the first woman to ever win a Nobel prize, at a time when women were rarely allowed to pursue University studies, at least in Poland.
16 Feb 2017
This month’s BBVA Compass Volunteer Summit in Houston brought together the bank’s top volunteers – employees who step up beyond their regular jobs to help lead the bank’s community efforts.
03 Feb 2017
While the U.S. consolidated its role as an international power in the mid-20th Century, New York overtook Paris as the global epicenter of Western art. The paintings of the new American artists who conquered the world -Pollock, Rothko, de Kooning and Motherwell- can be seen at the Guggenheim Museum’s exhibit in Bilbao, Abstract Expressionism, sponsored by the BBVA Foundation.
02 Feb 2017
On Tuesday, Jan. 31, BBVA Compass and national television personality and lifestyle expert Sandra Lee invited guests to celebrate the bank’s “51 Ways to #LiveBright in Houston” at the “BBVA Compass Big Game Headquarters” located at 5201 Green Tree Road in Tanglewood. The guest list for the cocktail reception included the people, places, and things affiliated with the “51 Ways” list along with local influencers.
25 Jan 2017
This weekend, BBVA Compass celebrated professional football’s biggest event in Houston, Texas and Birmingham, Ala., throwing super-sized celebrations that featured such celebrities as country music artist Jake Owen, NBA legend Robert Horry and lifestyle expert Sandra Lee.
24 Jan 2017
David Cox and Bradley Efron’s work has proven indispensable for medicine, astrophysics, genomics or any field of knowledge that depends on data analysis. The discovery of the Higgs boson or cancer and AIDS research efforts owe a lot to the two mathematicians honored by the BBVA Foundation.
20 Jan 2017
In 1939, composer Steve Reich was a boy taking a train from New York to Los Angeles to visit his divorced parents. Meanwhile, other children in Europe – Jews, just like him – were taking trains to Nazi extermination camps. Fifty years later, the contrast between his childhood memories and the horror of the Holocaust inspired Different Trains. Beatriz Caravaggio offers a video re-creation of the musical piece.
03 Jan 2017
From recipes for some of their famous dishes to cooking tips and numerous stories and anecdotes about El Celler de Can Roca and its tours with BBVA around the world. These are just some of the things you can find in these books on the Roca brothers, which show us how their art and mastery go far beyond the kitchen at El Celler.
30 Dec 2016
The new year is a chance to finally fulfil all those resolutions that you did not manage to fulfil the year before. For all of us it is a time to begin from scratch, which is why it is important that we make a good start. For the Spanish this means swallowing down twelve grapes in time with the twelve strokes of midnight, and it is paramount that they are all eaten! But what about the rest of the world? Every place has its own tradition, but they all coincide that it must be followed in order to get the best out of the coming year.
The Crack is the field diary of two journalists trying to understand what is going on in the European Union. A journalistic comic book, published with support from the BBVA Foundation, where photographer Carlos Spottorno and journalist Guillermo Abril recount their experiences from the boundaries of a Europe in crisis.
27 Dec 2016
Galeria de Imagenes
23 Dec 2016
07 Dec 2016
He travels incognito in a big wooden box that reveals neither the contents nor the destination. Completely immobilized and protected from any impact, Charles II arrives in Puebla by land and by air. The International Museum of the Baroque in Puebla anxiously awaits the arrival of this King’s portrait – part of the BBVA Collection. It hangs in one of the rooms of the exhibition “The Art of Nations: The Baroque as Global Art”. There nothing disturbs the monarch who probably never dreamt he would one day visit Mexico.
24 Nov 2016
People are also asking machines for real-time communication and customization to build loyalty to a company or brand.
02 Nov 2016
Since 1984, the non-profit organization TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) has disseminated knowledge in an accessible and attractive way for spectators through chats around the planet. TedxMadrid is part of this movement with the sponsorship of Blue BBVA.
25 Oct 2016
After its blockbuster success, the Prado Museum has finally closed the exhibition “Bosch. The 5th Centenary Exhibition”, which was exclusively sponsored by the BBVA Foundation. Almost 600,000 people came to see this series of important works by the Renaissance painter, which makes this the most visited exhibition in the gallery’s long tradition.
21 Oct 2016
BBVA Compass added another brush stroke to its big picture commitment to the arts, becoming the lead corporate sponsor of “Degas: A New Vision” at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
The exhibition features more than 200 pieces by celebrated Impressionist Edgar Degas, taken from public and private collections from around the world. It is the most significant international survey of the work of Degas in nearly 30 years, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston is the only U.S. venue to present the exhibition. It opened on Oct. 16.
19 Oct 2016
There was a time when fashion was not decided in Paris, Milan or New York. At one point, it was Philip II’s Spain, an empire where the sun never set, who told the world how to dress. As a reflection of the time, art is the perfect guide to learn about fashion in the 16th and 17th Centuries through the BBVA Collection.
06 Oct 2016
BBVA Compass and Christie’s kicked off a four-city tour this week to bring high-end American art to the bank’s clients in Houston, Denver, San Diego and Birmingham, Ala.
03 Oct 2016
With the cold air and cloudy sky, spring did not appear to be embracing the guests at the world’s most important art fair held every year in Basel (Switzerland). This small city, Basel, is characterised by its location on the northern frontier of Switzerland, bordering with France and Germany and every spring it makes itself ready for the artistic commotion implied when hosting the year’s most important contemporary and modern art event: Art Basel.