WE FINALLY COUNT ON AN IBERIAN ART MUSEUM

 

 

 

This initiative involves opening a second stage of life for the prison, originally completed in 1927, and that during the early Franco period had overflowed its capacity to accommodate 4,000 inmates. This prison had been left empty in 1991 after the construction of a new, more modern centre. In 1998, the idea of transforming it into a museum arose. Today, almost 20 years later and with a budget of 27 million, this impossible dream of remodelling, design and cultural destiny finally opens up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The museum is destined to accommodate an enormous collection of Iberian art pieces, a culture that gave a name to our peninsula and that left us an intangible legacy present in many aspects of our daily life, customs, gastronomy and language. In addition, it hosts an essential fund for the study of this society, which allows us to delve into the role that women had in an eminently matriarchal structure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The woman, in the Iberian culture, was considered a deity and a fundamental piece in the gearing of the group's own structure. However, her role has often been hidden in the showings present today in various exhibition halls. The title of this inaugural exhibition aims to vindicate this essential role and offer a vision closer to the cultural reality of our ancestors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

40% of the pieces included in this exhibition had not been exposed ever before. It is a unique opportunity to get closer to know our history a little more, in a venue of 11,152 m2 that will devote 2,500 m2 to its permanent collection. And this is just the beginning. By 2018, several thematic cycles have already been programmed with conferences, children's workshops, temporary exhibitions ... A second opportunity very well exploited.

 

The CEART opens this Thursday, November 14th in the room A an exhibition dedicated to this master of photography, which will be open to the public until February 9th. The show includes one of the artist's latest projects, focused on the hard work carried out by the miners of Serra Pelada, an open gold mine in the heart of Brazil where employees daily risked their lives.

Immigration, poverty, marginal life, slave labour, man's relationship with the land, the use of natural resources... are issues that have always fascinated Salgado. From the beginning of his career as a photographer, his work has opted to give visibility to the most disadvantaged groups and to create with his images a vivid and impressive visual story without fakes. With a raw black and white, this author's work transits between photo-reportage and naturalistic photography.

And the idea that permeates all his work is human dignity. Salgado portrays employees, miners and gatherers from a purely humanistic approach that wants to value their integrity, their strength and their resilience.

“If you photograph a human, so that he is not represented in a noble way, there is no reason to take the picture. That is my way of seeing things.”

Salgado entered this discipline long after completing his studies in economics between Brazil and the United States, and a doctorate in statistics in France. But in 1973 his life took a turn, and he decided to start his career as a photographer. He achieved to work at the Gamma Agency and Magnum Photos for more than 15 years until in 1994 he founded his own agency “Amazonas Imagen”.

With the “Gold” project, the photographer portrays a harsh reality that takes place in the Serra Pelada mine, a name given to a totally devastated and anarchically excavated mining enclave, the world's largest open-pit gold mine, through which more than 50,000 people have passed. In the heat of the legends about the mysterious “El Dorado”, the enthusiasm for this precious metal led to the development of strenuous exploitation practices for the workers and to originate tales of grief and glory, of human victory and defeat between the soil, the tunnels and the cargo baskets.

The CEART exhibition brings together Salgado's full portfolio in his characteristical black and white and large-format photographs that leave no one indifferent.