The Casa de Colón honors the first director and ideologist Néstor Álamo

On the left, José Luis Gago, Elen Acosta, Manuel González, Francisco Bravo de Laguna and Daniel Montesdeoca.  |  |  DC

On the left, José Luis Gago, Elen Acosta, Manuel González, Francisco Bravo de Laguna and Daniel Montesdeoca. | | DC

Until September 19, the Casa de Colón is hosting an exhibition that reviews the life and work of Néstor Álamo, ideologist and first director of the Americanist center on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of its creation, which is commemorated on July 18.

A visitor contemplates the exhibition of photographs. | | DC

The exhibition ‘Néstor Álamo. Island and song ‘”reveals what his imagination was and what his musical and research productions were,” the director of the Casa de Colón, Elena Acosta, highlighted this Thursday during the opening of the exhibition.

Álamo was a “multifaceted character, difficult to classify and that does not fit in a single drawer”, recalled the curator of the exhibition, the composer and musician Manuel González Ortega, to offer more details of the different elements that make up the exhibition.

Specifically, «Néstor Álamo. Island and song »is divided into three rooms of the museum center located in the heart of Vegueta, where visitors will find photographs, original documents and works of art from the collections of the Néstor Museum, the Canarian Museum and the Provincial Archive of Las Palmas Joaquín Blanco, as well as Fedac and the Casa de Colón itself.

One of the most outstanding elements is an original cart from the Pilgrimage of the Pine, from the 19th century and belonging to the butler of the Guia Festivities, who has given it for this commemoration. Paintings, portraits and household items that provide more details of the environment in which the Gran Canaria intellectual developed his life complement the exhibition.

In the three rooms that make up the exhibition, “this concept of polyhedral creation that Álamo proposes throughout his life is developed,” added the curator to emphasize that the figure of Néstor “needs a much more imaginative explanation to approach the importance of his personality in the culture of Gran Canaria from the 1930s to the late 1960s ».

In the first room, the exhibition takes a tour of Álamo’s early years in the municipality where Guía was born, his trip to Havana during his adolescence and his interpretation of the history of the archipelago. The second room addresses his facets as a composer and as a writer.

“There is a last room in which his idea of ​​the Casa de Colón is revealed and how the idea of ​​it arose,” explained the director of the center, referring to the third of the spaces dedicated to the ideologue of the Casa de Colón, who was also its first director until 1962.

In this last room “it has been very important” the participation of the architect and historian José Luis Gago, who has provided “keys to understanding the wonderful nonsense that concludes in what is now the most visited museum on the islands,” González stressed.

Likewise, the curator of the exhibition has highlighted the collaboration of the director of the Néstor Museum, Daniel Montesdeoca, who “has provided suggestions about the inevitable and necessary connection to understand Álamo, from the cultural movement of such a unique and unique scope that exists on the island led by Néstor Martín ”, he said.

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary since the inauguration of the Casa de Colón on July 18, 1951, the Americanist center programs other activities such as the concert ‘Un patio para Néstor’ that is held today (7:30 p.m.), a series of conferences 20 and 21 and the monologue ‘If the walls spoke. Night with Néstor Álamo ‘by Fernando Becerra, which will close the celebration on July 23.


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