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Focus-Abengoa Foundation opens exhibition "The recovery of classical antiquity in Andalusia"

November 24, 2008

Seville, 24 November 2008.- Today at the Hospital de los Venerables, the headquarters of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation, the president of the regional government of Andalusia, Manuel Chaves, and the Minister of Culture, Cesar Antonio Molina, opened the exhibition entitled, The recovery of classical antiquity in Andalusia, which looks at the history of collecting Roman art in Andalusia through some of the best classical works discovered in Spain and their discoverers.

The recovery of classical antiquity in Andalusia brings together in a single exhibition the most outstanding Roman works recovered from Roman Andalusia, such as the Venus de Itálica (Venus of Ancient Italy) or the Efebo de Antequera (Ephebe of Antiquity), two master pieces that have never been exhibited together before. The exhibition is divided into five principal eras, from the Middle Ages through to the end of the 20th century, which provide the exhibition’s narrative and chronology. The most representative archaeological findings from Andalusia have been brought together for the first time ever from the most important museums in Spain: Prado, National Heritage, National Archaeological Museum; from important private collections that have never been exhibited to the public, and from various foreign museums, such as the Hispanic Society of America, the Metropolitan Museum of New York or the Saint–Germain Museum in Paris.

In the words of Fernando Amores, one of the exhibition’s curators, The recovery of classical antiquity in Andalusia appeals to our constant curiosity about the Roman world; the discoveries and their discoverers, and their attitudes”.

This exhibition is a production by the Focus-Abengoa Foundation and will be open until 28 February 2009, along side the Permanent Collection of the Velázquez Centre, in the Foundation’s headquarters.

The recovery of classical antiquity in Andalusia forms part of a larger cultural, scientific and archaeological project of the Foundation which continues with the publication of the hugely important trilogy on Roman art and culture in Andalusia entitled Roman Art of Roman Andalusia. The project also includes the De la Tierra al Sol (From the land to the sun) initiative, a long term program that includes all of the archaeological and landscape research taking place around the solar platform constructed by Abengoa in Sanlucar la Mayor.

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