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The Focus-Abengoa Foundation offers a walk along Seville across an in-house exhibition

March 31, 2006

Sevilla, March 31st, 2006. The Focus-Abengoa Foundation has re-opened today 31st March to the 28th November in its headquarters of the Hospital of the Venerable the in-house exhibition See Seville. Five views through one hundred engravings.

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 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 16th July. Likewise, the general public can visit the exhibition free on every Sunday afternoon.

The Focus-Abengoa Foundation was created in 1982 as a result of the cultural initiative begun by Abengoa in 1972 with the publication of two volumes: “Sevillian Themes” and “Iconography of Seville”. During this same period, Abengoa also began compiling documents, books and engravings related to the medieval Kingdom of Seville or Sevillian authors. This initial cultural project made Abengoa’s leaders aware of the importance of expanding beyond the essential technological activities of the company to embrace a purpose that would benefit society as a whole, and for this reason the Fundación Fondo de Cultura of Seville was born.

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