The exhibition ‘Benito Pérez Galdós. The human truth ‘, a commemorative exhibition for the centenary of his death that aims to disclose the life and work of this famous writer, moves to Tenerife after spending five months in the Pérez Galdós House-Museum, where it was visited by almost 3,800 people.
The exhibition stops on March 27 at the IES Canarias Cabrera Pinto, in La Laguna, after being closed on February 28 at the center dependent on the Ministry of Culture of the Cabildo Gran Canaria, and after having started its itinerary in the Recoletos Hall of the National Library of Madrid, where it was visited by 70,000 people.
The Pérez Galdós House-Museum is already immersed in the dismantling of this exhibition to first transfer the infrastructure to Tenerife, such as the display cabinets and the lighting elements, to later send the original pieces on display, including the goods from private collections and also public, such as those of The Canarian Museum.
Some 80 pieces from the collection housed by the Pérez Galdós House-Museum also travel to the neighboring island, among them, manuscripts, galleys, first editions, documentation, sculptures and objects such as the writer’s palette or a tambourine painted by him. as well as paintings such as the portrait of Don Benito Pérez Galdós by Joaquín Sorolla.
The director of the Pérez Galdós House-Museum, Victoria Galván, has made a very positive balance of the interest that this exhibition has aroused in the public, even despite the fact that sanitary restrictions reduced the capacity for visits. “The exhibition has allowed us to get to know Galdós from different angles and given the public reception he has had, it has been possible to convey the different dimensions that this exhibition contains,” explained Galván.
The exhibition, which makes a biographical and literary journey of the main innovator of the Spanish novel of the 19th century, presenting the cultural, historical and political context of the time, has been visited between September 24 and February 28 by 2,158 women and 1,627 men.
This initiative is an opportunity to discover the different stages of the life and work of Galdós, as well as to know the many facets of the Gran Canaria writer thanks to the numerous personal objects that speak of a passionate politician, musician, painter, playwright, novelist and especially of a genius.
The public can discover Galdós and also explore his validity and relevance in the present through the testimonies of contemporary authors who speak of their admiration for this writer and the possible influence on his work.
‘Benito Pérez Galdós. The human truth ‘is curated by Germán Gullón, emeritus professor of Spanish Literature, and Marta Sanz, writer and doctor of Contemporary Literature, and the montage has been prepared by Enrique Bonet.
The exhibition is organized by the Government of the Canary Islands, the National Library of Spain, Acción Cultural Española and the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, and is part of the activities of the extensive program called ‘Canary Islands, the land of Galdós’, dedicated to commemorating the centenary of the death of the writer Benito Pérez Galdós, promoted by the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, the Government of the Canary Islands and the City Council of the capital.