Back in the 1960s, Santander’s Bodega del Riojano started a peculiar art collection made up of circular works the size of a cask lid. Artists visiting the Cantabrian capital, such as Juan Genovés, Mompó and Ramón Calderón all left their mark on what became known as the “round gallery”.
In 2017, more than five decades on, the current owner, Carlos Crespo, decided to breathe life into the collection through a collaboration with Okuda San Miguel and his team. The result was Cuadratura, a new collection of circular art that form part of the round gallery, blending tradition and modernity through the inclusion of renowned talent from the world of new contemporary art. Cuadratura currently comprises 30 works spanning a period of three years. Its creators include 3ttman, Agostino Iacurci, Amandine Urruty, Anna Taratiel, Bruno Pontiroli, Demsky J, Dmitri Aske, Dulk, Grip Face, Eltono, Franco Fasoli, Hell’O, Kenor, Martí Sawe, Miss Van, Nano4814, Nuria Mora, Okuda San Miguel, PichiAvo, Rosh333, Sabek, Samuel Salcedo, SatOne, Sebas Velasco, Sixe Paredes, Spok Brillor, Smithe and Suso33. Aside from its natural habitat, the collection has been displayed twice at the Arte Santander fair (2018 and 2019), as well as at the city’s Menéndez Pelayo university and at the Galería Kreisler in Madrid.