Spanish King Felipe and Queen Letizia presided over the meeting with scientists and researchers of success in Spain on Wednesday, at the Royal Palace of El Pardo in Madrid.
The working meeting “Encounter with Science: Spanish research in the XXI Century”, was held with senior and junior scientists of success in Spain chosen by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities.
The meeting has been articulated around the present and future of science in Spain, in which scientists have contributed their vision in relation to the situation and the future of science in Spain.
The topics of discussion on this occasion were: “Research in Spain in the XXI century: Emerging areas, multi and trans disciplinary”, “Challenges of the Spanish science system”, “What university do we want in Spain in 2030?” and “The transfer of knowledge and its impact on the Spanish economy and society”.
After the meeting, King and Queen accompanied by the scientist had a talk in the palace gardens.
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King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain presented the National Cultural Awards for the year 2017 at the National Museum of the Prado in Madrid.
Upon arrval, they were received by the Minister of Culture and Sports and the director of the National Museum of the Prado.
The Royal couple took their seats in the Museum before the awards.
The awards, granted by the Ministry of Culture and Sports and grouped by different thematic areas, are intended to promote cultural activities, understanding as a service to citizens, and to express the recognition of of people or institutions that , either with their works, or through their active participation in various areas of artistic or literary creation, contribute to the enrichment of Spain’s cultural heritage.
This year awards were presented in 6 categories: Fine Arts, Book Reading, Performing Arts & Music, Historical Heritage, Cultural Industries, Bullfighting. Felipe and Letizia presenting the awards to the winners.
Spekaing at the event King Felipe said, “Today is a day in which we celebrate both the milestones of the Spanish creation and the dedication and daily exercise that make them possible. The result is a lot of effort, a lot of imagination and a lot of inspiration, these are necessary faculties for life, not only for artistic creation, all our efforts demand that we put our hearts into them, that we give the best of ourselves and, at the same time, we are willing to receive the unexpected, that we give an opportunity to the world of imagination, which has to tell us so much when we stop to listen to it “.
After the award ceremony, the royal cople visited Villanueva building in front of the painting “El paso de la lagoon Estigia”, they signed the commemorative book of the 200th Anniversary of the Prado Museum. Felipe and Letizia stood for a group photo with the winners.
The exhibiton is organised by the National Gallery and the National Gallery of Ireland and Iberia, with the additional sponsorship of the Center for Hispanic Europe Studies and Hannah Rothschild CBE, in collaboration with Acción Cultural Spain, Museo Sorolla, Madrid and curated by Christopher Riopelle, The Neil Westreich Curator of Post 1800 Paintings at the National Gallery, London. Prince Charles of Wales is the patron of National Gallery.
Queen was accompanied by the Minister of Culture and Sports for the visit. Prince Charles welcomed the Queen at the National Gallery.
The last time Queen met British heir in July 2017 during the State Visit.
It is the first major exhibition in the UK for over a century of the artist known as Spain’s Impressionist, Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863–1923) The exhibtion will be open to the public at the National Gallery in spring 2019 from March 18 to July 07.
‘Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light’ exhibition includes portraits, and genre scenes of Spanish life, as well as the landscapes, garden views, and beach scenes for which he is most renowned.
Filling the Sainsbury Wing exhibition galleries, the display will feature sixty works spanning the artist’s career, including important masterpieces on loan from public and private collections in Europe and the United States. This will be the first UK retrospective of the artist since 1908 when Sorolla himself mounted an exhibition at London’s Grafton Galleries where he was promoted as The World’s Greatest Living Painter.
The exhibtion will be held in 6 rooms of the wing. The first room includes portraits of Sorolla’s wife Clotilde as well as his daughters María and Elena, and son Joaquín, who became the Museo Sorolla’s first director. Sorolla married Clotilde, the daughter of his first major patron, in 1888. She remained his favourite model, barely appearing to age over the decades.
The second room focuses on the 1890s, when Spain witnessed a period of social unrest as well as the final collapse of its overseas empire. During this time Sorolla launched his career with a series of monumental canvases concerned with the realities and hardships of Spanish life.
The third room shows how Sorolla saw himself as belonging to the great tradition of Spanish artists such as Velázquez and Goya, whose works he closely studied at the Prado in Madrid. In his portraits, Sorolla often adopted their distinctive palette of blacks, greys and creams. He also sought to achieve the same psychological penetration and sense of human presence for which both painters were famous.
Room Four celebrates Sorolla’s love of sunlight and the sea. Having grown up by the coast, Sorolla began after 1900 to create a substantial body of work, painted out of doors, documenting the mixture of leisure and work he witnessed on beaches close to Valencia and further down the coast at Jávea. These scenes proved hugely popular especially in the United States.
Room Five contains studies for Sorolla’s commission for the Hispanic Society of America in New York in 1911 to create a vast mural-like series of paintings entitled Vision of Spain. For these works, painted between 1911 and 1919, Sorolla travelled extensively through Spain, documenting the country’s regional dress, occupations, and traditions.
The sixth room of the exhibition is devoted to Sorolla’s views of landscapes and gardens. From a panoramic vista of the barren mountains of the Sierra Nevada glowing in evening light to the medieval towers of Burgos Cathedral under snow, Sorolla had a gift for finding the viewpoint to best communicate the atmosphere and character of a setting.
The final room highlights Sorolla’s fascination with depicting his family in large canvases painted out of doors such as ‘Strolling along the Seashore’ (1909, Fundación Museo Sorolla, Madrid) and ‘The Siesta’ (1911, Museo Sorolla, Madrid), one of Sorolla’s most innovative paintings which, with its brilliant florescent green shades, verges on abstraction.
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