The Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid (CBA) is a non-profit private cultural entity declared “Center for the Protection of Fine Arts and Public Utility”. Since its creation, it has developed an important work of international scope in the field of creation and cultural dissemination. One of the most important private cultural centers in Europe, the CBA is characterized by its open attitude towards the most outstanding and innovative artistic trends. It is a multidisciplinary center where activities ranging from the plastic arts to literature through science, philosophy, film or performing arts.
This institution was founded in April 1880 thanks to the efforts of a small group of artists. In its origins it was a quite restricted society, but with diffusion of cultural scope. Its first president was the painter Juan Martínez de Espinosa. During the first years of the 20th century, important figures of the cultural life of the time, such as Jacinto Benavente or Carlos Arniches, passed through the CBA board, while the young Picasso attended as his student. painting classes and Ramón María del Valle-Inclán frequented their salons.