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December

Focus-Abengoa Foundation opens exhibition of the Focus-Abengoa 2007 Painting Prize

December 27, 2007

Seville, 27 December 2007.- The Focus-Abengoa Foundation is opening the exhibition of the works selected for the Focus-Abengoa Painting Prize, today at 7.30 pm in the principal hall of the Hospital de los Venerables in Seville and which will remain open until 10 February.

The event will be opened by Felipe Benjumea, Chairman of Abengoa and the Focus-Abengoa Foundation, and by Anabel Morillo León, Director General of the Foundation. It will also be attended by Ruth Morán, winner of this edition of the prize with her work Verde pequeña madera, and by runners up Cristina Galeote and Kribi Heral.

Juan Carrete Parrondo, Juan Fernández Lacomba, Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez and Manuel Sánchez Arcenegui, the members of the jury for this 25th edition of the prize will also attend.

The exhibition, which includes a total of 25 works, will place special emphasis on the three award winning works: Verde pequeña madera by Ruth Morán; Transmutación del mundo concreto by Cristina Galeote; and Father-Mother Archive by Kribi Heral. Entry to the exhibition in the main hall is free.

The Focus-Abengoa Painting Prize, which has a long tradition and a prestigious reputation, has been held for more than 25 years and has become one of the leading European and American awards in the arts world. This international award renews the Foundation’s commitment to contemporary art and promotes an exchange of artistic experiences beyond our frontiers, in line with the concerns and requests of the award’s creators. As shown in previous years, participation in this award strengthens the value of works by recognised painters and provides new opportunities for talented young artists, who need both financial and social support in their careers towards becoming professionals.

The Focus-Abengoa Foundation has expressed a clear interest in all cultural activities, not only in those directly related to the city of Seville, but all artistic, literary and scientific expressions, nationally and internationally, since it was established.

Created by Abengoa in 1982, the Foundation has a mission to implement Abengoa's social action policy, which it does on a non-profit basis for general interest purposes, focussing on welfare, educational, cultural, scientific, research and technological development.

The Foundation has become a valuable instrument in Abengoa culture. Not only is it capable of supporting the professional and human development of its employees, but also of relating to society’s new sensibilities as a whole, globally managing intangible assets whose influence benefits and pervades the company’s own values and objectives.



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