The International Museum of Contemporary Art, MIAC, is located in the old military fortress Castillo de San José.
Initiative was created by César Manrique, who personally directed the remodeling and refurbishment of the Castle of San Jose, which at that time was in ruins.
The internal structure of the building was barely changed, with the outbuildings most visible interventions (the area occupied by the restaurant).
In parallel, organized the "First International Fine Art Competition", in order to select the work that was to be acquired for the museum's creation.
All preparations culminated on 8 December 1976, two hundred years after they gave start construction works of the military fortress, Castillo de San Jose was opened as the International Museum of Contemporary Art.
What is stated in the MIAC are works of a generation of painters who work in director.
Highlights the work of these authors assistant: Tapies, Michavila, Amadeo Gabino, Sempere, Mompó Thousands, Canogar, Rivera and Joan French-ing belonging to the group "El Paso" Mignoni, Gaston Orellana, Gordillo, Úrculo, Guerrero, Yturralde Gomez Perales, Brinkmann, Mampaso, Enrique Baron Zobel, Torner, Alechinsky, Beaudin and Le Parc De Canarian artists of note is the work of: César Manrique, Manolo Millares, Pancho Lasso, Oscar Dominguez and Cristino de Vera, among other.
What is stated in the MIAC are works of a generation of painters who work in director the decades of the 50, 60 and 70. In the MIAC match three streams together by the abstraction of twentieth-century artists to naturalism:
- Formal Abstraction: informalist matérica.
- Geometric Abstraction: pop-art, kinetic, constructivist.
- Abstract figurative pop-art comes from the mythological and surreal.
This fort was built in the eighteenth century during the reign of the Bourbon monarchy of Charles III. At that time there were three military buildings in Lanzarote: the Castle of Santa Bárbara en Teguise, the San Gabriel in Arrecife and the Eagle Tower in southern isla.La port activity, the growth of the core population, the need for defense against the attacks of Berber and English privateers, create the conditions necessary to demand new buildings defensivas.Además, we must add its own characteristics that affect the island during that century: the continuous droughts that devastate an economy based on rain-fed agriculture, excessively vulnerable to weather conditions. The eruptions of Timanfaya between 1730-36, which covered with lava and slag one of the more fertile fringes of the island. The feudal system prevails and affects the social organization and political structure island.
With a project undertaken by the military engineer Alexander of Los Angeles, work began on the building at one end of Puerto de Naos, one of the most important centers of the archipelago for the repair of ships due to the calm waters. the work was executed between the years 1774-1779, under the patronage of St. Joseph, and was attended by a large number of the island population. Undoubtedly, this construction came to fill the gaps of Lanzarote, popularly called it "Fortress of hunger."
The plant is semi-circular building with the curved side facing the sea. Its solid appearance is justified by the use of stones and masonry.