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Focus-Abengoa Foundation presents the project Don Quixote and the World of the Imaginary. An interdisciplinary perspective: painting, literature and music

October 7, 2003

This morning, Focus-Abengoa presented the project Don Quixote and the World of the Imaginary. An interdisciplinary perspective: painting, literature and music, at its Hospital de los Venerables headquarters, in Seville, as an introduction to the official celebrations coming up in 2005 to celebrate the 4th Centenary of the publishing of Quixote.

The aim of this project, with a triple scientific focus, is to analyse the fanciful richness of Quixote, and is materialised in the form of a painting exhibition, a cycle of conferences and a cycle of concerts that will be held in the Autumn in Hospital de los Venerables, in Seville.

The exhibition A dreamy vision of Don Quixote. Muñoz Degrain's series in the National Library, consists of a total of 20 works and will be open to the public from 14th October to 8th December, in the seasonal exhibition halls of Hospital de los Venerables. "This series has never been wholly on view outside the walls of this institution, nor has it ever been subjected to such a rigorous and systematic study to evaluate its overall visual dimension and fit it in with the most audacious and modern examples of Spanish art of its time" says José Luis Díez, the exhibition's Scientific Director.

Muñoz Degrain painted the series between 1916 and 1919. This artist was of exceptional importance in the Andalusian school of painting at the turn of the century through his activity as a teacher and master of artists in Malaga town, and was admired and respected by his pupils, including Picasso. One of the most spectacular and attractive projects carried out by the Valencian artist was the series on Cervantes and Quixote which he painted for the "Cervantes" section of the National Library, where it is still to be found today.

The writer José Manuel Caballero Bonald; Jean Canavaggio, from the University of Paris X; Francisco Márquez Villanueva, from Harvard University; Víctor García de la Concha, from the Royal Academy of Spain; Cristóbal Halffter, from the Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando; José Luis Díez, Doctor in the History of Art; Pedro Piñero Ramírez, Professor of Spanish Literature at the University of Seville; Rogelio Reyes Cano, Director of the Royal Academy of Literature of Seville, y Evangelina Rodríguez, Professor of Spanish Literature at the University of Valencia will be the lecturers for the Cycle of Conferences Don Quixote in the kingdom of fantasy. Reality and fiction in Cervantes's mental and biographical world. Through this cycle, which will be held on different days in October, November and December in the Church of los Venerables, Focus-Abengoa Foundation puts the emphasise on the imaginative and mythical dimension of Cervantes's book and the dialect between fiction and reality that give meaning to the work.

Finally, the Cycle of Concerts European organ music in the time of Quixote will present the differentiation between different European organ schools (such as the German, Flemish, Italian, French and Spanish) in musical forms, composition techniques, sonorous colorations, etc., with works by their most famous composers, given that these schools flourished in the 17th century after the first one was established in Seville in the late 16th century. Outstanding novice organists, and especially Daniel Alberola, Professor at the School of Music of Seville, will play these repertoires on the organ in the church of Los Venerables, on 11th, 12th and 13th November.

Focus-Abengoa Foundation was established in 1982 as a consequence of the cultural activity initiated in 1972, by Abengoa, through the publishing of the works Sevillian Subjects and Iconography of Seville. At the same time, a fund of documents, books and prints on the Kingdom of Seville or by Sevillian authors was being put together. This initial cultural activity opened the eyes of Abengoa's senior management to the importance of the company expressing itself beyond its essential technological functions through an activity that would be of benefit to society, and thus the "Cultural Fund of Seville Foundation" came about.

The Foundation's activities have been on the increase since then, complying loyally with its foundational objective to promote culture in its different artistic and scientific manifestations. The main protagonists in the life of Focus-Abengoa have been education, painting, restoration, and music, followed by seminars, the written word and prints.

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