González in museums
Housed in the collections of major museums and institutions across the world, Julio González's work is accessible to a vast, international public. Several of González's works were acquired by museums like the MoMA or the MNAM (currently housed at the Pompidou Center) during his lifetime. However, the majority of his work entered collections from the 1950s, thanks to the vision of curators and the generosity of his daughter, Roberta González, who made a series of donations to institutions in France, Spain and beyond. These donations were supplemented by Carmen Martinez and Viviane Grimminger, the subsequent right-holders of the González Estate . Their work to promote and defend the González legacy is pursued today by González Administration.
IVAM Centre Julio González
The Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (IVAM) Centre Julio González, opened in 1989, houses the world's largest collection of works by Julio, Roberta and Joan González, as well as thousands of archival documents related to the family. This donation was made by Carmen Martinez and Viviane Grimminger, right-holders of the González Estate, in collaboration with the late Spanish art historian Tomás Llorens, the museum's first director. Since 2001, the museum awards the annual González Prize, created by Viviane Grimminger and former IVAM director Kosme de Barañano, to a living artist who works in the innovative spirit of Julio Gonzalez's production. Past prize-winners include Mona Hatoum, Christian Boltanski, Pierre Soulages, Anthony Caro, Robert Rauschenberg, Eduardo Chillida, Anish Kapoor and Georg Baselitz, to name just a few.