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The night visit program 2017 opens in the Focus Foundation at the Hospital de Los Venerables

19/06/2017

Visitors will get to know the history of the building, some of its illustrious residents, as well as the valuable artistic heritage to be discovered, all by candlelight.

Sevilla, 19 June, 2017- The Focus Foundation, in collaboration with Engranajes Culturales, opens the doors of is headquarters at the Hospital de los Venerables for the second consecutive year to offer a series of nighttime guided visits throughout the summer of 2017. Visits by candlelight which allow the building’s great treasures to be discovered among the shadows and the darkness of the past.

Visitors will be able to enjoy the history of the building, get to know the Focus Foundation and the building’s history at close range with the works of art on display,  as well as some of the illustrious characters that have resided there through the centuries such as Elvira de Ayala, who lends her name to the Comedy Theatre located in the heart of Barrio de Santa Cruz, the Countess of Gelves who signed over the land for the  Hospital de Los Venerables to be built, or Justino de Neve, cannon and patron of Murillo, who promoted the construction work and artistic decoration of the Church of the Venerables. Furthermore, to recreate the imagery of light and shade that the building offered during its, the only lighting that will be used will come from candles that each visitor will carry throughout their tour, thereby taking the visitor back in time to  Seville’s Baroque period. The tour will allow visitors to discover all the corners of the building, such as the library in addition to the spectacular lookout from the turret.   

The nighttime visits will last around 90 minutes and are scheduled for the following days: 

  • June 22 and 25 at 10pm.  
  • July 6, 11, 20 and 25 at 10pm.
  • August 3, 9, 17, 23 and 31 at 10pm.
  • September 7, 15, 22 and 29 at 9pm.

Tickets can now be purchased online at www.engranajesculturales.com, by telephone (954 04 38 51 and 675 68 22 12), or at the Engranajes Culturales ticket office; Calle Habana 17, door on the left (izquierda). Casa de la Moneda, Sevilla, Monday-Friday from 10am to 2pm.

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Fundación Fondo de Cultura de Sevilla (Focus)

The Fundación Fondo de Cultura de Sevilla (Focus) was created in 1982 as a result of the cultural work begun in 1972 by Abengoa with the publication of the works Temas Sevillanos (Themes of Seville) and Iconografía de Sevilla (Iconography of Seville). A collection of documents, books and engravings on the Kingdom of Seville and by Sevillian authors was created during the same period

This cultural activity inspired and promoted by Abengoa, is based on the support and a series of activities which is of great benefit to society. The Focus Foundation was born from this conviction at the start of the 80s.

1991 became a key year in the organization’s recent history as its location was moved to the Hospital de los Venerables Sacerdotes, a 17th century monument, owned by the  Archbishopric of Seville in addition to inaugurating the exceptional baroque organ. From this point onward, the institution has organized 34 plastic arts exhibitions- visited by over one million people and has offered a musical program for the organ of international reference.

Since 2007 and following the acquisition of Velázquez’s Santa Rufina by the Foundation, the Hospital de los Venerables, has housed the Diego Velázquez Research Centre, a leading institution for studying and disseminating the Baroque era and the Sevillian period of this universally renowned artist. Attention to this crucial moment of the Golden Age is completed with the legacy of Professor Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez, received by the Foundation in 2011. Consisting of his library, photo library, archive and collection of artworks, its cataloging is enabling to create a library specializing in Baroque art and culture. This entire heritage is widely spread by Focus Educa, our area of education, by means of which we raise awareness and bring culture closer to society.

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Foundation being based in the Hospital de los Venerables, and also to mark the 400th anniversary of Murillo’s birth, in 2016, the Hospital de Los Venerables held the Velázquez. Murillo. Sevilla Exposition (2016-2017). This top-level cultural phenomenon became the most visited exposition in the history of the Foundation with over 120,000 visitors. In addition, the exposition offered a series of organ recitals, ‘A Tribute to Murillo: Homage to a Universal Painter’ that were held in the church of the Venerables.  

 

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