Initially founded by César Manrique in 1983, César Manrique Foundation (FCM) became operational in 1992. Its headquarters is at the artist’s former home at Taro de Tahíche, Lanzarote.

The FCM is a private, not-for-profit cultural institution whose activities rest on four complementary pillars: César Manrique, the visual arts, the environment and land use, and cultural reflection.

According to its charter, FCM’s mission includes: conserving and studying César Manrique’s artistic legacy and enhancing its visibility; fostering exhibitions, studies and initiatives on the relationship between art and nature; organising activities that contribute to environmental conservation and the sustainability of land use and the transformation of the natural medium, in particular on Lanzarote and the other Canary Islands; and furthering intellectual and creative activity and critical thinking.