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The Focus-Abengoa Foundation re-open of the in-house exhibition

September 6, 2004

Sevilla, September 6th, 2004. The Focus-Abengoa Foundation has re-opened from the 3rd September to the 28th November in its headquarters of the Hospital of the Venerable the exhibition "Ver Sevilla. Cinco miradas a través de cien estampas."

The exhibition, which is divided into five sections: the geographer's view, that of the stroller, the festive view, the archaeologist's and the romantic view, provides one with the opportunity of taking a historical-artistic walk through the city of Seville and its former Kingdom, by means of images that were engraved from the XVI to XX centuries.

From the very moment the Prints Room was created in 1996, the Focus-Abengoa Foundation undertook to meet one of its main objectives: to facilitate the diffusion and use of its valuable resources through the publication of a catalogue, which was meticulously elaborated by the specialist Juan Carrete Parrondo and his collaborators.

The catalogue enables the reader to gain detailed knowledge on the technical peculiarities, authorship and chronology of the more than three hundred prints in the collection and is, therefore, an essential starting-out-point for all those interested in their study, from an artistic point of view as well as for their documental nature in relation to multiple aspects of the history of Seville.

In 2002, the Foundation decided to exhibit part of its print collection and asked professor Alberto Oliver to make the selection to articulate a discourse that would be a representative summary of such a rich and varied collection. The idea was that the manner in which it would be presented to the public would also be new and the artist Gustavo Torner collaborated for this purpose.

The idea materialized by considering the prints in their iconographic dimension, that is to say, as a means to "see Seville", while replacing the traditional point of view with a polyhedral one which, without going into great depth, would project different "views" on the chosen prints: the geographer's view, the stroller's view, the festive view, the archaeologist's view and the romantic view.

The discourse was developed by six professors: Antonio García-Baquero, Vicente Lleó, Alberto Oliver, Alfonso Pleguezuelo, Javier Portús and Javier Rodríguez Barberán and is to be found in the interesting book on the homonymous exhibition which is now once again open to the public so that it may see a collection that is a never-ending source for getting to know and making the city of Seville known.

With this idea in mind, an Educational Service of visits for students and other social groups has been organized and there is also an audio-guide service, in several specific languages, available for the exhibition. The exhibition will remain open to the public until the 28th November. Likewise, the general public can visit the exhibition free on every Sunday afternoon.

Focus-Abengoa Foundation came into being in 1982 as a consequence of the cultural activity initiated by Abengoa in 1972 when the company published the works titled Sevillian Subjects and Iconography of Seville. At the same time, the company created a collection of documents, books and prints on the Kingdom of Seville or by Sevillian authors. This initial cultural activity made Abengoa's senior management realize the importance of revealing itself beyond the restraints of its essential technological functions through an activity that would benefit society as a whole, and thus Fundación Fondo de Cultura de Seville (FOCUS) was established.

The activities of the Foundation have been increasing with time, faithfully complying with its foundational objective of promoting culture in its diverse 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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