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Maternidad of  Picasso talks with Velázquez and announces the new everyday opening of  Los Venerables

24/09/2019
  • This work, which Pablo Picasso painted in 1921 and which has never been exhibited in Seville, will be exhibited in the Velázquez Center of the Hospital de los Venerables this autumn and for four months. It is a large canvas, loaned by the Almine Foundation and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso for Art (Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte - FABA).
  • The arrival of Maternidad has been possible thanks to an important agreement between the Fundación Fondo de Cultura de Sevilla (FOCUS) and Museo Picasso Málaga, without whose collaboration and financing, the visit of Picasso to Seville would not have been possible.
  • Fundación Cajasol and Obra Social la Caixa, the main promoters of cultural activity in the city, will collaborate with Fundación Focus in the implementation of different cultural and educational initiatives within the framework of the activity, in which the newspaper ABC of Seville and the cultural management company Artisplendore will also collaborate.
  • Its arrival in Los Venerables coincides with the starting date of the new schedule of the monument, which reopens its doors every day, starting Saturday, September 28, from 10am to 8pm at the hands of the great masters Picasso and Velázquez.

Seville, September 24, 2019. The Fundación Focus has announced today that, starting on September 28, the Hospital de los Venerables will exhibit the work of Picasso Maternidad (Fontainebleau, 1921, oil on canvas, 162 x 97 cm, Almine Foundation and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso for Art - FABA) at the Centro Velázquez thanks to the collaboration agreement that the Fundación Focus and Museo Picasso Málaga established within the framework of the exhibition El sur de Picasso. Referencias Andaluzas (Picasso’s South. Andalusian References), that the art gallery exhibited last year.

Maternidad will be exhibited in Los Venerables from next Saturday, September 28, to January 26, 2020. Thus, visitors will be able to admire a work that had never been exhibited before in Seville and in a unique environment: the Velázquez Center, so that they can perceive the relationship between this work by Picasso and the works of the Sevillian stage of the youngest Velázquez.

For Anabel Morillo, general director of the Fundación Focus, “It has been a great satisfaction to announce this loan that has been possible thanks to the collaboration of Museo Picasso Málaga and its director José Lebrero and that, without a doubt, will temporarily enrich the artistic collection of Centro Velázquez and, in general, the heritage of Los Venerables, which we wish all Sevillians can enjoy”. She also wanted to show her appreciation, “On behalf of Focus, to the collaborating institutions: Fundación Cajasol, Obra Social la Caixa, ABC of Seville and Artisplendore, that have managed to gauge the importance of this cultural initiative to which we hope to add a series of cultural and educational activities to create a first-rate program that will accompany the painting during its stay in Seville ”.

Maternidad

This Picasso Maternidad to be exhibited in Seville, loaned by the Almine Foundation and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso for Art - FABA, is one of the many scenes of motherhood that Picasso painted after the birth of his firstborn son Paulo and shows the monumental figures typical from his production between 1920 and 1924. There are other scenes of motherhood where his first wife Olga Khokhlova and his son Paulo can be recognized but here he used a classic iconography that links Picasso with the ancient world.

This canvas has been shown recently at the Museo Picasso Málaga, whose executive boards chairs Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, on the occasion of the exhibition Olga Picasso, and that, after being exhibited at the Musée national Picasso-Paris, in the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, at the Museo Picasso Malaga and at CaixaForum Madrid, ends its trip at the Hospital de los Venerables to be exhibited in Seville for four months.

Museo Picasso Málaga-Fundación Focus Agreement

Fundación Focus recently collaborated with the Museo Picasso Málaga through the loan of the Immaculate Concepción by Velázquez (c.1617), the capital painting of its permanent collection that is exhibited at the Centro Velázquez, for the exhibition El sur de Picasso. Referencias Andaluzas that took place in the Museo Picasso Málaga from October 9, 2018 to February 3, 2019.

It is an exceptional loan because, previously, the Immaculate had left the Velázquez Center only 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.

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

 

New schedule of the Hospital de Los Venerables

• September-November: from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

• December-February: from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

• March-June: from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

• July-August: from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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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.

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 Fundación Focus 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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