History

The Güell Foundation is a non-profit institution, founded in 1957 by the testamentary wish of Juan Antonio Güell i López. Year after year, the foundation awards grants in the fields of visual arts, music, and art history to young artists. Since 2023, it has also been awarding an architecture prize.

From its foundation until the present day, the Güell family has worked with dedication to ensure that the foundational aims established by Juan Antonio Güell i López are carried out in such a way that young artists from the Catalan regions can find in the Güell Foundation the warmth and support of an institution that helps them to make their way in the art world, perhaps by provoking that small spark that may later ignite the fire of a great artist.

Young artists born or resident in Catalonia, Valencia, or the Balearic Islands, under 30 years of age, are eligible for these grants.

The grants are awarded annually, during the fourth quarter of the year, in a public session at the headquarters of the Güell Foundation, located in the Lonja de Mar in Barcelona, where the grant holders present their projects orally and perform musical pieces.

In addition to sponsoring scholarship holders, the Güell Foundation makes financial contributions to institutions dedicated to supporting artistic and cultural activities, and oversees the work of the scholarship holders.

It should be noted that the work carried out has the unconditional support of the members of the Board of Trustees, both institutional and private.

Presidents

2013–Act.

Eusebio Güell i Malet
Viscount of Güell. Entrepreneur linked to sustainable investments and sports institutions. His presidency means an update on the Foundation’s activities, heritage management, and especially collaboration with other institutions.

1991-2012

Carles Güell i de Sentmenat
Businessman; founder and president of the Círculo de Economía, president of the Círculo Ecuestre, politician, president of the Port of Barcelona. Sant Jordi Cross and Barcelona Medal of Honour. Art collector.

1956-1990

Eusebio Güell i Jover
Marquis of Gelida and Viscount of Güell. Entrepreneur. President of the Real Círculo Artístico-Instituto Barcelonés de Arte and patron of the Sagrada Familia. Sant Jordi Cross. Very culturally committed to the city of Barcelona.

Fund. 1956

Juan Antonio Güell i López
Marquis of Comillas, Count of Güell and Count of Ruiseñada. Businessman and politician, he was mayor of Barcelona and president of the Sant Jordi Royal Catalan Academy of Fine Arts. Writer and art collector. He ordered the creation of a foundation dedicated to the protection and promotion of young artists from the Catalan regions.

Board of Trustees

President
Eusebio Güell Malet, Viscount of Güell

Secretary
Guillermo Basso Ros

Members
Alfonso Güell Martos, Marquis of Comillas
José Corredor-Matheos
Luisa Güell Malet
Maria Güell Ampuero
President of the Royal Catalan Academy of Fine Arts of Sant Jordi
President of the Royal Artistic Circle
President of the Artistic Circle of Sant Lluc
President of the Catalan Choral Society

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