Miguel Logroño Collection

1920-2000

Miguel Logroño (Zaragoza, 1937 – Madrid, 2009) started out along his journalistic career as cultural editor of the Madrid newspaper, from where he would move to the magazine Blanco y Negro and subsequently to Diario 16, of which he was one of the founders. His position as art critic on the magazine enabled him to set up the Salón de los Dieciséis, an annual event featuring a selection of artists from both Spain and abroad. Among other positions, he was also the first director of the Library of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. During his life he formed close friendships with numerous artists and gallery owners, and in particular among the latter with the Greek-born Juana Mordó, to whom he would dedicate an exhibition in 1985 following her death.

This fonds is made up of Miguel Logroño’s library and personal archive, together with his art collection which, in addition to drawings and portraits of Logroño by his friends, includes some 50 original works by painters and sculptors who were active in the 1960s and 70s, among them Elena Asins, Juan Barjola, Rafael Canogar, José Freixanes, Patricia Gadea, María Gómez, Alberto Greco, Menchu Lamas, Antón Lamazares, Felicidad Moreno, Leopoldo Nóvoa, Antón Patiño, Eduardo Sanz and Antonio Saura. The personal archive comprises manuscripts of his journalistic texts, correspondence, preparatory material for his exhibitions and a wide variety of invitations, triptychs, leaflets, posters and other printed promotional elements. Juana Mordó’s personal archive, along with numerous personal objects that belonged to the gallery owner, also forms part of this set.

Logroño’s library encompasses various bibliographic collections: a thousand books of Spanish and Ibero-American literature, some 3,000 exhibition catalogs, monographs and essays by both Spanish and international authors – outstanding among which are those dedicated to Surrealism – a collection of art and literary magazines, a set of 400 photographs illustrating Logroño’s professional activity, the editions of Salón de los Dieciséis and other events and, finally, a small collection of artist’s and other books with contributions by Barjola, Granell, Saura, Fajardo, Bonifacio and Guinovart, among others.

These materials are complemented by a collection of books on diverse themes dedicated to Logroño by their authors, various items of ancient graphic work (about 50) and numerous miscellaneous objects that Logroño collected during his life.