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The Focus Foundation of Seville and the Picasso Museum Málaga begin a collaboration to promote the masters Picasso and Velázquez

04/10/2018

  • In the framework of the next exhibition Picasso’s South. Andalusian References, organized by Museo Picasso Málaga, the Focus Foundation will lend the painting of its property Immaculate Conception by Velázquez.
  • Thanks to a collaboration agreement reached by both Andalusian institutions, the Focus Foundation will exhibit in 2019 in the Velázquez Center as a “guest work” a painting by Pablo Picasso never seen before in Seville.

Seville, October 4th, 2018. The Focus Foundation announced today that it will participate in the major exhibition Picasso’s South. Andalusian References, that Museo Picasso is celebrating from October 9th, 2018 to February 3rd, 2019, in the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the museum of Malaga. The exhibition aims to follows the history of Spanish art by showing works by Picasso alongside valuable archaeological artefacts and paintings by great masters such as Zurbarán, Velázquez, Goya, María Blanchard and Juan Gris, among other artists. Among the works that will be exhibited in Picasso’s South, visitors will be able to admire Venus and Love.

In particular, the Focus Foundation will collaborate with the exhibition through the loan of the Immaculate Concepctionn by Velázquez (C. 1617), capital painting of its permanent collection that is exhibited at the Velázquez Center, located in its headquarters at the Hospital de Los Venerables in Seville.

It is an exceptional loan because, previously, the Immaculate has only left the Velázquez Center to be exhibited at the Velázquez exhibition, organized by the Kunsthistorisches Museum of Vienna in 2014 and in which the work coexisted with such outstanding paintings as Vulcan’s forge, of the National Museum of the Prado, The toilet of Venus, of the National Gallery of London, or The Waterseller of Seville, of the Wellington Collection Apsley House of London. The work was then exhibited at the Grand Palais in Paris, the second venue of the aforementioned exhibition.

Later, the Immaculate of Velázquez could be contemplated, along with other representations of the image of the Immaculate, during the Velázquez. Murillo. Sevilla exhibition that the Foundation organized in the occasion of its 25th anniversary at the Hospital de los Venerables. Specifically, more than 120,000 visitors admired together for the first time two Immaculate of the early production of Velázquez: the one from the National Gallery, painted in 1618 and the one from the collection of the Focus Foundation, dated in 1617. In company with these two masterpieces, forming an extraordinary trio, it was also possible to see an oil painting by Murillo never before exhibited in Spain: Immaculate Conception belonging to the Nelson Atkins Museum of Kansas City, dated 1670.

Given the exceptional nature of the loan, the Foundation will receive during 2019 for its temporary exhibition a painting by Pablo Picasso -as a guest work- that has never been seen in Seville.

This special collaboration initiates a relationship between two Andalusian cultural institutions that, from Malaga and Seville, will spread, for the first time, and together with their most universal teachers: Picasso and Velázquez.

Picasso’s South. Andalusian References

Picasso’s South. Andalusian References is a Museo Picasso Málaga exhibition that follows the history of Spanish art by showing works by Picasso alongside valuable archaeological artefacts and paintings by great masters such as Zurbarán, Velázquez, Goya, María Blanchard and Juan Gris, among other artists, in an ambitious show that moves from Iberian art, through Classical Antiquity, and ends with the modern art of Picasso’s own contemporaries. The exhibition retraces the intellectual journey Picasso made from south to north, using the symbolic heritage of his homeland to return somehow to his origins. It focuses on the profound imprint that Mediterranean culture left on the Malaga-born artist’s work, making a connection with the historic and artistic heritage of Spain, of which he was a great connoisseur.

Inmaculate Conception (C.1617) by Diego Velázquez, which will be exhibited in the new Museo Picasso Málaga exhibition.

Diego Velázquez (Seville, 1599 – Madrid, 1660)

Immaculada Conception, c. 1617

Oil on canvas.

©Fundación Fondo de Cultura de Sevilla

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Art works by Spanish masters of painting will be shown along with works by Picasso in the Museo Picasso Malaga exhibition Picasso’s South.

Pablo Picasso (1881‒1973)

Venus and Love

9th June, 1967

Oil on canvas.

Kunstmuseum Basel, Basilea. Donation of the artist to the city of Basel, 1967

© Kunstmuseum Basel. Photo: Martin P. Bühler

© Sucesión Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid, 2018

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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 mark the 25th anniversary of the Focus Foundation at the Hospital de los Venerables, and coinciding with the 400th anniversary of the birth of Bartolomé E. Murillo, the Hospital de Los Venerables hosted the Velázquez. Murillo. Sevilla Exhibition (2016-2017). This was a first rate cultural phenomenon that received more than 120,000 visitors, making it the most visited exhibition in the history of the Foundation. A series of organ recitals which were held in the Church of Los Venerables made up the musical framework entitled, Tribute to Murillo: Homage to a universal painter.

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