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​In partnership with Bancaja Foundation and 'La Caixa' Social Projects, Sorolla Museum and Sorolla Museum Foundation present exhibition entitled 'Sorolla, A Garden for Painting'

Tuesday 7 November 2017
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Ministerio de Educación, Cultural y Deporte

Together with the President of the Bancaja Foundation, Rafael Alcón, and the Regional Director of CaixaBank in the Region of Valencia, Xicu Costa, the Director of the Sorolla Museum and exhibition curator, Consuelo Luca de Tena, presented the exhibition entitled Sorolla, Un jardín para pintar [Sorolla, a Garden for Painting] at the Bancaja Culture Centre. The exhibition shows visitors a little-known side of the artist from Valencia and his passion for gardens.

The exhibition opens at the same time as the 10th anniversary of the remodelling of the corporate and cultural headquarters of the Bancaja Foundation in Valencia, which was opened on 7 November 2007 with the exhibition entitled Sorolla, Visión de España [Sorolla, Vision of Spain]. For the first time in Spain, that exhibition showed the 14 regional panels that the artist from Valencia painted for the Hispanic Society of America based in New York. That exhibition in 2007 was visited by two million people.

The exhibition opening on Wednesday has been jointly organised by the Bancaja Foundation, 'La Caixa' Social Projects, the Sorolla Museum and the Sorolla Museum Foundation, and can be visited for free until 19 March 2018 at the Bancaja Culture Centre (23 Plaza Tetuán, Valencia) from Monday to Saturday 10:00 to 14:00 and 17:00 to 21:00, and on Sunday 10:00 to 14:00.

Sorolla, A Garden for Painting has been commissioned by Consuelo Luca de Tena, Director of the Sorolla Museum, with assistance from María López and Ana Luengo as co-curators. The exhibition consists of over 120 pieces (including oils, sketches, drawings, sculptures, ceramic tiles and photographs) taken from the Sorolla Museum for the most part but also from other collections, such as those of the Bancaja Foundation, the Valencia Museum of Fine Arts, Valencia City Council, the Carmen Thyssen Museum in Malaga, the Hispanic Society of America and various private collections.

The exhibition tells how Sorolla designed his artist's garden at his home in Madrid, and explains how the patios and gardens of the Royal Alcázar in Seville and the Alhambra in Granada influenced his work. It also provides visitors with a chance to discover how he reflected the gardens of Valencia in his paintings.

Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y DeporteThe exhibition presents a mature Sorolla who, over the course of his final years and alongside the great efforts demanded of him to produce the huge 'Vision of Spain' commission for the Hispanic Society of New York, he found time to think about a garden, design it, plant it, cultivate it and sit down to enjoy it while painting it: a Sorolla as painter and gardener, as were various other painters of his time. The exhibition also seeks to call attention to the particularly botanical aspects of the garden, which are those that were so highly appreciated by Sorolla himself: colour, variety, movement, life.

A catalogue has been produced alongside this exhibition that, together with reproductions of the pieces included in the exhibition, includes texts by Blanca Pons-Sorolla, Consuelo Luca de Tena, María López Fernández, Ana Luengo Añón, Lucía Serredi, Coro Miralles Escobio, Enrique Varela Agüí and Isabel Justo.

Complementary activities

The complementary activities include free art workshops on specific themes. A workshop will be organised for the elderly that will take place at daycare centres and residences for the elderly in order to bring the art of Sorolla to those with the greatest mobility difficulties.

Another two weekend workshops will be targeted at children from 6 to 11, at which a sensory tour will be offered around the exhibition to help children become aware of the intentions of the painter and the emotions he tries to convey through his art. A pop-up garden inspired by the work by this artist from Valencia will also be designed and created. Further information about these activities can be found on the Bancaja Foundation website.

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