“So that my work endures and does not get dispersed” (Amalio).
On February 3rd, 1995 (eight days before his death), Amalio himself constituted the Foundation, inscribed with the number A34-SE19, and established its principal location at the house number seven of Doña Elvira Square in Seville, in the very heart of Santa Cruz neighborhood, that had been the studio of the painter.
The main object and purpose of the foundation is the promotion, diffusion, and cultivation of the pictorial and literary legacy of Amalio, as well as the study of Painting and the other types of Arts.
The museum houses most of Amalio’s work, as well as the collection that he donated, and that is the patrimony of the Foundation, called “The 365 views of the Giralda”. Chronologically, the first Giralda was painted in 1962 and the last one just one year before his death. These pieces of art are composed of pictorial interpretations that try to capture the time, day, and season in which they were created. The collection is composed of paintings, drawings, engravings, morphisms, touch-paintings, and sculptures.
When climbing the stairs to each of the floors of the building, the visitors manage to forget about the outside world thanks to the view of the tower, and they can get to know the atmosphere in which the painter made a large part of the collection.
On the façade of the house-museum, next to a ceramic reproduction of the painting number 158 of the collection entitled “Structure”, one can read a phrase of Amalio that says:
“Amalio has given this house to the Giralda to posses her”.
This inscription is written in the three languages that represent the three cultures that coexisted in Andalusia for centuries: the Christian, the Arabian and the Hebrew. With this legend, Amalio wanted to symbolize the tolerance that must always exist between people and between the different ideologies.
The artistic legacy of the creator is what makes him perennial, timeless, and makes him become part of the history as a witness of his unrepeatable and unique time.