The Cesar Manrique Foundation has converted itself into the custodian of the works of the artistic genius, Cesar Manrique, who gives his name to the foundation. Though it was founded in 1987 as 'Friends of Lanzarote', it was not until 1992 that it became the Cesar Manrique Foundation.
The Foundation is situated in what was Cesar Manrique's house, known as 'El Taro de Tahiche'. Taro is an island word for a construction of stones placed upon each other without the use of cement; in front of the house, there is one of these 'taros'.
The Foundation is built on an unusual and unique terrain, over five lava bubbles and a 'jameo'. The construction of what was the house began in 1968, together with work on Los Jameos del Agua and el Monumento al Campesino.
In the underground level, and taking advantage of the lava bubbles, five distinct rooms were created: the fountain room, the white room, the red room, the black room and the yellow room. The lava bubbles are eight metres across and five metres high, open and decorated with the same colour as their names. On the inside of the 'jameo', the artist integrated a pool of the same design as that of Los Jameos del Agua, though of a smaller size. In the upper level, in what previously were the rooms in the house, are the galleries of the museum where one can view the work of Manrique, as well as other works by Picasso, Miro, Chillida, Guerrero, Chirino, Sempere, etc. that form part of his private collection.
'El Taro de Tahiche', today converted into the Cesar Manrique Foundation, is a beautiful place where the exterior landscape and modern designs are combined with harmony.