Officially inaugurated on 24th November 2004, the Casa Ibáñez Museum is one of the largest collections of Contemporary Art in Andalusia. Created between 1996 and 2004 by Andrés García Ibáñez (Olula del Río, 1971), a young painter and valued career in contemporary realism, its doors opened to the public on March 4th, 2005. Its management corresponds to the Ibáñez Cosentino Art Foundation, an institution created in June 2005 and participated by the museum’s founder, Andrés García Ibáñez, and the Almerian multinational Cosentino. Since July 18th, 2007 the museum is part of the Andalusian Register of Museums of the Ministry of Culture of the Junta de Andalucía.
The museum’s collections are currently made up of more than 1200 works inventoried, more than 95% of them contributed by Andrés García Ibáñez to the Foundation. It is, therefore, the particular collection of the artist, both his personal work and those of other authors that has been treasured in little more than a decade, which offers the visitor the opportunity to know the entire creative universe of the painter (work, tastes and influences). The scope of this collection is modern and contemporary Spanish art, from Goya to the present day, with special attention to the great Spanish figurative tradition.
Casa Ibáñez Museum in Olula del Río is twinned with the Ibáñez de Melilla Museum, located in the historic building of the Torre de la Vela.