He Cabildo of Gran Canaria has moved to Madrid the famous painting that the painter Joaquín Sorolla made of Benito Pérez Galdós in 1898, whose face was stamped on the bills of one thousand pesetas in 1978 to accompany the day-to-day life of the country for more than two decades, when the euro arrived.
The aforementioned oil and other fourteen valuable works belonging to the Pérez Galdós House-Museum they are part of the funds of the exhibition entitled 'Benito Pérez Galdós. The human truth ' that, on the occasion of the centenary of the death of the famous Grancanarian novelist, opens in Madrid on October 31 at the National Library.
Organized by the Ministry of Culture and the Government of the Canary Islands, the Insular Institution collaborates with the transfer of this unique selection of notable pieces that will be completed with others – some of them never exhibited until now -, belonging to the National Library itself, the Canary Museum and to various public and private collections. In total, more than two hundred works of different nature will be exhibited, including original Galdós manuscripts, printed books, sculptures, prints and canvases.
The show 'Benito Pérez Galdós. The human truth ', has been curated by the Galdosian specialists Germán Gullón and Marta Sanz Pastor and will be inaugurated in the Recoletos Room of the aforementioned National Library by the Minister of Culture, José Guirao, on an appointment that will feature the President of the Cabildo, Antonio Morales, and the Minister of Culture, Guacimara Medina.
The exhibition opens the extensive program of events planned in a coordinated manner by the Cabildo Grancanario and the Government of the Canary Islands to develop during 2020 on the occasion of the centenary of the death of Galdós, which occurred on January 4, 1920.
The exhibition will remain open at the National Library until the next day March 1st with the aim of spreading the life and complex work of this distinguished writer, considered unanimously as the main renovator of the 19th century Spanish novel, presenting the cultural, historical and political context of the time and offering various thematic paths to trace a biographical and literary journey of the mentioned character.
A fortnight of valuable pieces
The fifteen pieces that the Cabildo moves to Madrid are usually exhibited in the Pérez Galdós House-Museum, where the writer, journalist and politician was born in 1843, in the historic quarter of the capital of Gran Canaria.
The oil of Sorolla is added both works painted by Galdós himself, 'Landscape of Santander' and 'Ships in Santander', as well as the oil on cardboard by the painter Emiliano Beruete, 'Vista de Orbajosa'.
The selection is also made up of others singular objects that belonged to Galdós as a tambourine painted with a navy, his paint palette, a certificate corresponding to the election of Galdós as a deputy for Madrid, a piano score of Mozart, a map of the central area of London of 1896, three invoices of the Hotel of Hamburg Europe, Roncerayen de Paris Y Wiesbaden, a vote of a fishing boat of the Church of San Telmo in the capital of Gran Canaria, a bust of Beethoven that belonged to Benito Pérez Galdós and the volume-catalog entitled 'The Land of Galdós', which includes an anthology of documents about the author of the National Episodes about Galdós and Canarias that the Cabildo published in 2003.
The show 'Benito Pérez Galdós. The human truth ', once closed in the National Library of Spain, will tour the Canary Islands, exhibiting between April and August at the Pérez Galdós House-Museum and, between April and September, at the Cabrera Pinto Canarian Institute of La Laguna.