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Celebrating Pablo: Year Of Events To Mark The 50th Anniversary Of Picasso’s Death Launched In Madrid – Olive Press News Spain




A YEAR of events to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Pablo Picasso has officially started.

The culture ministers of France and Spain officially launched ‘Picasso Celebration’ at the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid.

The two countries have joined forces to celebrate the Spaniard who lived in France for most of his adult life.

More than 40 exhibitions, conferences and other events are planned at museums in Madrid, Paris, Barcelona, Malaga, as well as in cities across the world.

El Pintor Pablo Picasso.
Picasso in his studio. Photo Lipnitzki©cordon press

The celebrations were launched by the two ministers standing in front of Picasso’s iconic painting Guernica

Picasso painted it at his home in Paris in response to the 1937 bombing of Guernica, a Basque Country town, which was bombed by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy at the request of Spanish Nationalists led by Franco.

Guernica Photo: Wikipedia.

Upon completion, Guernica was exhibited at the Spanish display at the 1937 Paris International Exposition, and then at other venues around the world. The touring exhibition was used to raise funds for Spanish war relief.

Picasso was born in Malaga on October 25, 1881 and died in Mougins, France, on April 8, 1973.

“We aim to revindicate the artistic legacy of Picasso and the relevance of his work,” said Spanish Culture Minister Miquel Iceta.

“If there is one artist that defines the 20th century, who presents it in all its cruelty, violence, passion, excesses and contradictions, that artist is Pablo Picasso.”



Photographer In Spain's Órgiva, Franc Enskat, Is Launching His New Portrait Project – Olive Press News Spain




TIRELESSLY capturing the most eccentric characters in and around Órgivan is a favourite task for Franc Enskat, a German/French photographer who moved to the area in 2019, and made it his home.

After working for 30 years as a professional advertising photographer in Düsseldorf and Paris, Franc visited Órgiva to see his childhood sweetheart. They fell in love, he stayed, and they married.

Franc has always been interested in “the human portrait”. After three decades of still life photography, working on a new genre presented a challenge.

In 2015, Franc fulfilled his childhood dream to buy the legendary 20×24″ Polaroid camera. He used it to photograph film stars and public figures – and, also, “homeless people and outlaws”. Sadly, this camera stayed in Germany.

Franc then decided to portray residents of Órgiva and La Alpujarra, making this his new project in the area.

He uses a bespoke photographic technique, mostly in black and white, to create “images that reflect people’s souls”. He quips: “That’s what the relatives of the subjects frequently say, but there are other voices that say, ‘it makes you look old’.”

Franc’s portraits have a strong texture and contrast, emphasising every detail of the subject’s face. He says: “That’s because of the black and white process, which makes 256 shades of grey out of millions of color nuances and, consequently, increases contrast.”

Franc’s highly detailed portraits of some of Órgiva’s best-known characters. Photos: Franc Enskat.

Instead of opting for today’s standard camera equipment, Franc works with some unusual lenses. Some date back to the 1880s, or don’t fit his camera bodies. The technique always involves slow photography, rather than the modern trend of taking hundreds of images to obtain one good shot. His use of traditional techniques – such as collodion wet plates, dry plates, and 20×24″ Polaroids – is so prohibitively expensive per print that, sometimes, only one exposure is possible!

Looking ahead, Frank is planning a “coffee table book” containing portraits and stories about the Órgivan characters he has captured along the way. In the meantime, he’s “always on the lookout for interesting faces, lifelines, and expressions.”

He says: “A very close connection is created at the moment of making a portrait, and this is how pictures with a strong expression are created.”

Franc is currently seeking people who are willing to be photographed for his next big project. Although the full details are to be revealed, the resulting images will appear in a permanent artwork that will be prominently displayed in Órgiva town centre. The portrait session is free, and participants will receive a small booklet containing their photos.

Overall, Franc’s project is about showing the inner character of the people involved. He says: “Diversity is the magic word in this amazing mountain town. Órgiva is alive with the many nationalities and eccentricities of the people who come together here. I hope to capture that in my project.”

To apply to have your portrait taken, please contact Franc on: / tel: 621301175


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Carmen Thyssen Museum In Spain’s Malaga Will Celebrate Tourism Day With An Open Day And Free Guided Tours – Olive Press News Spain




THE Museo Carmen Thyssen Malaga will join the celebration of World Tourism Day on Tuesday 27 September with an Open Day and free guided tours in Spanish and English.

Malaga residents and visitors who come to the Palacio de Villalon on this marked day will have free admission from 10 am to 8 pm to enjoy the permanent collection housed in the museum and delve into the history of some of its masterpieces such as ‘La buenaventura’, by Julio Romero de Torres; ‘Rocks of Jávea and the white boat’, by Joaquin Sorolla; ‘Julia’, by Ramon Casas; ‘Santa Marina’, by Francisco de Zurbaran or ‘A gypsy dance in the gardens of the Alcazar’, by Alfred Dehodencq, among others.

Guided tours will be offered in Spanish at noon, 1pm and 6pm and, for the first time, also in English, at 11am, 5pm and 7pm. With a maximum capacity of 20 people.

Those interested can register at the museum box office on the same day of the activity.

The Museo Carmen Thyssen Malaga offers an accessible cultural experience in many languages with audio guides in Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Basque, Danish, Dutch and Russian.


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Spanish Novelist Javier Marias Dies At The Age Of 70 In Madrid – Olive Press News Spain




JAVIER Marias, author of novels like All Souls and A Heart so White and a regular candidate for the Nobel prize for literature has died at home in Madrid aged 70.

His publisher Alfaguara said that he has been ill with pneumonia for the past month.

“It is with enormous sadness that we regret to inform you that our great author and friend Javier Marías has died in Madrid this afternoon,” the publisher wrote in a statement.

Día triste para las letras españolas. Nos deja Javier Marías, uno de los grandes escritores de nuestro tiempo. Su inmensa y talentosa obra siempre será parte fundamental de nuestra literatura.

Mi cariño a su familia y amistades en estos duros momentos.

— Pedro Sánchez (@sanchezcastejon) September 11, 2022

He used to write a column in the Spanish newspaper El Pais having started as a writer in 1971 when he was at the age of 19.

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez paid his respects saying that Marias was one of the best writers of our time.

Pepa Bueno, the editor of El Pais said: “The death of Javier is so painful. Today is a day of mourning in Spanish literature and column writing. He leaves a huge void in the paper.”

Marias was born in Madrid in 1951, and he published his first novel The Dominions of the Wolf when he was only 20.


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