Established in Madrid in 1594 by a native from Antwerp, the Carlos de Amberes Foundation is a private non-profit cultural organization which develops programs and activities in the arts and sciences thanks to public and private sponsors such as the Ramón Areces Foundation. Its aims include strengthening the cultural links between Spain and the 17 provinces of the Low Countries (today Benelux and North of France) and reflecting on the European construction. It is also registered as an R+D Centre by the Spanish authorities for its studies on the early modern history of Europe, whose results are published by the Foundation.
The Foundation's long and eventful history has left us:
- Research, social and cultural activities which connect the Foundation to the heart of Europe, such as Post Brexit round tables, exhibitions on the most prestigious European artists and historic events (Rubens, Delvaux, Magritte, The Golden Fleece, the Peace of Utrecht...)
- A Board of Trustees chaired by the King of Spain since the time of Philip III and which is formed of Spanish and European authorities.
- A 19th century building, which cointained the first church in the district of Salamanca. Its outstanding and singular spaces were renovated at the end of the 20th century and converted into exhibition rooms, a terrace and an auditorium.
- The masterpiece by P.P. Rubens The martyrdom of Saint Andrew, commissioned for the Foundation