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The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit starts at the Hospital de los Venerables

02/04/2019

  • Located at Barrio de Santa Cruz, Los Venerables opens its doors to world tourism to host the Global Summit initial meetings.
  • Attendants to this first encounter, including government representatives, WTTC members and media among them, enjoyed the emblematic 17th century building, which houses unique spaces of the city such us its beautiful courtyard and church, the Velazquez Center or its Contemporary Art Gallery.

Seville, April 2nd, 2019. The Hospital de los Venerables, owned by the Archbishopric of Seville and the headquarters of the Fundación Fondo de Cultura de Sevilla (FOCUS), became today one of the first venues of the WTTC Global summit that is held this week in the city, giving the signal for the start of event that will turn Seville into the world tourism capital for a week.

High-level government representatives, WTTC members and media met today in this 17th century architectural jewel to celebrate an inaugural dialogue and a networking session, in which both public and private sectors came together to share their insights and experiences in tourism promotion.

The main objective of this dialogue was to discuss how to maximize investment in destinations through an enabling business ecosystem that ensures long-term sustainable growth and competitiveness in the sector, being public-private cooperation essential for this purpose.

In this regard, Los Venerables connected visibly the Sevillian artistic heritage to cultural tourism worldwide, celebrating the first sessions of the Summit in a unique venue within its impressive Baroque church, painted by Juan de Valdes Leal and his son Lucas. The expert participants crossed the main façade of the monument and its beautiful courtyard, admiring as well masterpieces of Velazquez, Murillo, Martinez Montañez, etc. at the Velazquez Center. After the dialogues, the attendees were also able to enjoy a working lunch surrounded by paintings by well-known artists such as Fernando Botero, Antonio Lopez, Carmen Laffon o Juan Suarez, among others. The experience was for sure unforgettable and will promote one of Seville’s greatest treasures.

The Hospital de Los Venerables

Located at the heart of Barrio de Santa Cruz, the Hospital de los Venerables stands as one of the required visits in the center of Seville. It was founded in 1675 by the canon of the Cathedral of Seville Justino de Neve, friend and patron of Murillo, as a welfare building, serving as old hospital for sick priests and elderly people who came there to spend the last days of their life. Built in the last quarter of the 17th century, it represents today one of the leading exponents of Sevillian baroque architecture.

Inside, its impressive Baroque church stands out, as its walls shows one of the greatest spirituality and artistic wealth iconographic programs in the city; as well as its beautiful courtyard, mixture of convent cloisters and patio of a typical Sevillian house, or its galleries and other dependencies.

Among its artistic collections, we can find the Velazquez Center, which treasures some unique pieces, with paintings by Diego Velázquez, such as the well-known Santa Rufina, or San Pedro penitente de los Venerables, by another great Sevillian master, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. Major treasures that coexist with works by other great authors such as Martínez Montañés, Zurbarán, Cavarozzi, Francisco Pacheco or Francisco Varela.

In addition to this, the Foundation counts with a contemporary art collection, result of the work of over three decades and that unveils a great variety of artists, styles and schools from different periods of the 20th and 21st century, from the likes of Benjamín Palencia, Antonio López, Carmen Laffón, Ramón Gaya, Juan Suárez, Elena Assins or Fernando Botero, to younger painters, most of whom were winners of the International Focus Painting Prize, and well represented by Mar García Ranedo, Manuel Sánchez Arcenegui, Juan Fernández Lacomba and Dis Berlín, to name a few. The collection features the abstract alongside expressionism as well as other plastic movements, while its primary objective is to be a vibrant cultural initiative of universal relevance and interest in current painting.

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.

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.  

The first meeting of the WTTC Global Summit took place today in Los Venerables.

From left to right: Anabel Morillo, Director General of the Focus Foundation, Isabel María Oliver, Secretary of State for Tourism; Gloria Guevara, President of WTTC; Juan Espadas, Mayor of Seville; and Juan Marin, vice president of the Andalusian Regional Government.

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