'Néstor or the ambiguous beauty; painter of the illusory land' will be exhibited in 2023 at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando
The symbolism and modernism of
Nestor Martin Fernandez de la Torre (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, February 7, 1887-Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, February 6, 1938) has captivated Madrid thanks to specific 'brushstrokes', the result of group exhibitions.
already working so that this pending account with the legacy and teaching of this island artist is settled next year with a
individual exhibition at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernandolocated in the Goyeneque Palace at number 13 Calle de Alcalá.
'Néstor or the ambiguous beauty; painter of an illusory land' is the title of the future exhibition. «I've been trying to do something powerful for Néstor in Madrid for years. It's not that easy. The objective is to recover a personality that is unknown outside the islands and that is a plus that complicates everything even more. Experts in that period of art history do know Nestor very well, they know perfectly well his worth and they have asked us on several occasions for works for exhibitions in venues such as
Count Duke or Queen Sofia", get moving
Daniel Montesdeocadirector of the Néstor Museum in the capital of Gran Canaria and curator of this project.
another Gran Canaria,
Juan Bordes, director of the National Chalcography that is part of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernandohas been key for this project to be on track to become a reality next year or by 2024 at the latest. «I proposed the idea to Daniel because I really want Néstor, who is so valued in the Canary Islands, to stop being a
great artist buried in the Canary Islands and so little known outside. It has a magnificent museum, now closed, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and everyone who went to the city recommended it and was fascinated when discovering his work", explains this artist from Madrid who recognizes that Néstor has been "very important» in his creations, including a series from the 70s inspired by his pictorial universe, both by
its «modernity as well as for its Canarianness».
The initially outlined plan is that the
National Chalcographyl host a wide selection of
drawings and engravings of Néstor Martín Fernández de la Torre, while the
rooms of the Royal Academyin the same building, display their
“In this way we would make use of the work that we have in the museum, which, as is known, is closed. It is what museums usually do during periods of closure for renovations, so that the works they store continue to be enjoyed.
I already have four private collectors who would give us pieces and with two or three other institutions. In the museum's collections we have many drawings, almost more than paintings", points out Montesdeoca, who points out that Mariano Vergara has been interested in this exhibition also ending up, before or after Madrid, in the
Episcopal Palace of Malaga.
General Directorate of Heritage of the Government of the Canary Islands, he points out, has also contacted to see the possibility that 'Néstor or the ambiguous beauty; painter of an illusory land'
tour the archipelago artist's birthplace And it is that the investment of the Canarian public institutions will be decisive, since Juan Bordes clarifies that the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando cannot be involved from an economic point of view.
Daniel Montesdeoca acknowledges that the project "is still in a first step" and that in the coming months he hopes to have defined the final selection of pieces and the signatures that appear in the catalog. «
The project is outlined and approved by the Royal Academy», points out Juan Bordes.
«With a good diffusion, it would be an artistic event.
In Madrid it is difficult to attract attention. There is an over-supply and the city has become one of the greatest exhibition powers in Europe. Nestor is not well known nationally or internationally, although he is at the level of all the great symbolists. It is a problem of Spain, because we have not known how to sell ourselves, there is still a certain inferiority complex and we think that everything from abroad is better, when it is a lie”, reflects Juan Bordes.
The "obsolete" legal figure affects the management of the museum
The Néstor Museum in the capital of Gran Canaria will celebrate five years of closure next October, without the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria having yet presented the final project for its reform and possible expansion.
But this is not the only ballast that drags, according to its director, Daniel Montesdeoca. “We have serious management problems, which stem from the current legal figure. It is not only about the problems of the building, its conservation and the start-up of the collection. We suffer from an obsolete legal figure. The idea of a consortium-Board of Trustees-Public Foundation is unsustainable. This trinity has to come to an end and a Public Foundation has to be constituted in every way. Ana María Echandia, general secretary of the Plenary, has done a magnificent job with the statutes », she explains.
“The current legal figure must be extinguished and the Museum refounded to facilitate management. The situation reaches such an extent that the staff could not charge April and May on dates. It is because for Intervention in the City Council everything is made very complicated, rightly so, by the new Public Procurement Law. To pay some bills we have even been between five and six years », he denounces.
Montesdeoca is committed to putting an end to "the current budget precariousness" and to carry out its "museological and museographic project presented 18 years ago", through which "the entire Canarian People depend on the Néstor Museum". «We cannot continue allowing a part of the building to belong to Tourism and another to whom it is not known. Only in this way could we have a museum of the stature of the Romero de Torres de Córdoba or the Sorolla de Madrid”, emphasizes who is clear that “we have to start from scratch”.