PALERMO.- The Instituto Cervantes (Cervantes Institute) opens the exhibit titled Spain 1957-2007 at Palazzo SantElia in Palermo. The show features Works of art made by Picasso, Miró, Dalí, Tapies to todays artists. The exhibit is one of the most important contemporary shows of the last decades. It has been organized by the Instituto Cervantes and by the Palermo Provincial Region. There are over 100 works of art made by 70 spanish artists from the last half century being exhibited.
The Minister of Culture, César Antonio Molina, and the head of the Instituto Cervantes, Carmen Caffarel, inaugurated this great exhibition that has been sponsored by the European Parliament and the Culture Ministry of Spain. The exhibit has been curated by Demetrio Paparoni. The Works of art will remain on view at the Palazzo SantElia in the Sicilian capital.
The show starts off in 1957, the year when the group El Paso was born, which represents the transition from the modern to the contemporary. Works of art made by Eduardo Arroyo, Txomin Badiola, Miquel Barceló, Eduardo Chillida, Equipo Crónica, Salvador Dalí, Luis Gordillo, Cristina Iglesias, Francisco Leiro, Manuel Millares, Joan Miró, Juan Muñoz, Jorge Oteiza, Pablo Picasso, Jaume Plensa, Antonio Saura, Susana Solano and Juan Uslé, are on view. The Works of art belong to more tan a dozen museums, art centers, galleries and prívate collectors.
At the opening, apart from the head of the Culture Ministry and the head of the Instituto Cervantes, artists Luis Gordillo, Rafael and Daniel Canogar, Elvieta Escobio and Alberto de Juan, were present. Museum directors from some of the cultural institutions that have loaned works of art were also present. Some of these were, Manuel Borja-Villel, from the Reina Sofía; Consuelo Císcar, from IVAM; Javier González de Durana, from Artium-Vitoria; and Antonio Franco, from MEIAC in Extremadura.
The director of the Instituto Cervantes in Palermo, Miguel Spottorno, as well as the head of Fine Arts, Jose Jimenez were also present at the inauguration.