Jeppe Hein, Modified social benches, 2006. Galvanized iron and powder-coated lacquer, 11 different benches. Photo: Francis Billiet

In the Open Air: The NMAC Foundation

The discovery of open-air contemporary art in a region as magnificent as Spain’s Costa de la Luz is indeed a unique experience. For five years, the Fondación Montenmedio Arte Contemporáneo (NMAC) has opened its doors to the general public, offering a chance to view in-situ works from its collection all year round.

The NMAC Foundation is located in Vejer de la Frontera (Province of Cadiz) in a Mediterranean pine grove. This tremendously scenic setting borders the Parque Natural de las Marismas de Barbate to the south. The Council of Andalusia’s guide to natural parks describes these marshes as “a damp area of huge value to indigenous fauna, occupy[ing] a privileged position on the western Atlantic migration routes as a resting and recuperation area for species that arrive…exhausted following their journey from Central and Northern Europe or the African continent.”