The museum opened in 1989 as Spain’s first contemporary art museum. An ultramodern building, it’s anchored by the welded-iron sculptures of the abstract/Cubist artist Julio González (1876–1942). The museum was bequeathed 394 works by González that range from drawing and paintings to jewelry and his signature welded steel sculpture. The museum also possesses an extensive collection of the works by Valencian painter Ignacio Pinazo (1849–1916), whose stylistic experiments were notably abstract and avant-garde in their day. Other strengths of the collections include 20th-century photography and photo-collage, pop art, and new media. Use a separate entrance for the Sala Muralla, so-named because it preserves a portion of the city’s medieval walls. The museum is on the western edge of the old city.