Home-Tomás Morales Museum de Moya celebrates World Book Day, this April 23, with the inauguration, at 12.00, of an attractive and complete exhibition that pays tribute to the iconic work The Roses of Hercules, whose first appearance marks one hundred years in this 2019, and is considered to be Morales' masterpiece, one of the most noted signatures of the modernist movement in Spain.
The aforementioned museum center dependent on the Cabildo grancanario opens the exhibition to the public We are types of books: The Roses of Hercules: a tour of the different editions of the collection of poems, with special attention to the author's book of the original edition of 1919 (an artisan model, unique example), the prince edition of 1919 and the edition of El Canary Museum 1956. The sample is included in the broad program called April-Book designed by the Ministry of Culture of Cabildo of Gran Canaria to commemorate Day of the book.
The exhibition about the great work of Tomás Morales It will remain open to the public until May 5 with free admission, being able to visit from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 18:00.
The book of poems, divided into two books (the first covers his earlier work and the second deals with it since 1919), builds powerful literary images at the borders of modernism and art. symbolism, he exalts his island identity and pay tribute to Atlantic, but also transits through the urban reality of his time, the port or the oxymoron that gives title to his work. A contrast between the legendary strength of Hercules and the fragility and beauty of roses.
Tomás Morales not only owned the verse and the correct metrics, but also the rhythm and precise pause to endow his poems with a peculiar appeal and literary efficiency. A talent that has deserved, in what concerns his most celebrated book, the successive appearance of editions that have constantly revitalized the historical importance of his figure.
Thus, the exhibition We are types of books: The Roses of Hercules will exhibit in the Tomás Morales House-Museum the details and the care placed in 22 editions of the work: reviews, facsimiles, Prince editions, editions for children and young people, translated editions, commemorative editions, editions for collectors, illustrated editions or digitized editions, in the definitive transit of Morales' legacy from his time to the modernity of the literature on the net.
The initiative of the museum around The Roses of Hercules it is reaffirmed in some lines by Juan Ramón Jiménez, which explains how "in a different edition, the books say different things". Therefore, the sample stops in particular in the covers, guards, vignettes, illustrations, photographs, capitular letters, texts and even typographies of each of the deliveries of Morales selected for the occasion.
The authors' books of Tomás Morales deserve special attention: documents of enormous bibliographic value and which confirm the poet's sense of what a book means as an art object. These two unique copies of each volume of The Roses of Hercules, deposited in the Tomás Morales House-Museum, they keep their galleries and are manufactured by the author, in which they appear, almost to the millimeter, each and every one of the components of each future publication, from the location of the texts to the vignettes, drawings and capital letters that should accompany each one of them, including the covers prepared by Néstor Martín Fernández de la Torre. In the presentation of the texts, the typing and the handwriting are combined.
The exhibition also presents to the public the first two editions of the Librería Pueyo, of 1919 and 1922, published in Madrid, and printed in the workshops of the Spanish Classical Press. They are editions with all the modernist aesthetic ingredients: covered Néstor Martín-Fernández de la Torre, guards of José Hurtado de Mendoza and interior vignettes of Miguel Martín-Fernández de la Torre and Néstor himself.
In addition, the show shows a major contribution to the publishing process of the work: the 1956 edition of El Museo Canario (printed at the Lezcano Press), on which the successive publications are generally based. His introductory texts are signed by Sebastián de la Nuez, a meticulous researcher of Morales' work. It also includes a photographic reproduction of the Bust of the poet Tomás Morales by Victorio Macho, the handwritten signature of Tomás Morales and a hand-written reproduction of Tomás Morales del Canto XV of the Ode to the Atlantic: "The Ship! € Specification of Olympic smile".
We are types of books: The Roses of Hercules It also includes the publications edited by the Cabildo de Gran Canaria and the municipalities of Moya and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the death of the poet. In addition to other deliveries under the Barral Editores, Interinsular Canaria, Mondadori or InterSeptem stamps. Or those aimed at a young audience, such as the Moralia Didactic Collection.
In the same way, the sample covers a critical edition of Oswaldo Guerra Sánchez, in addition to several editions published by the Government of the Canary Islands. And editions translated into other languages, promoted by the Cabildo de Gran Canaria.
The author and the Month of the Book
Tomás Morales (1884-1921) is one of the main poets of the Hispanic modernist movement. His great literary project, The Roses of Hercules, forged in the wake of French symbolism and under the sign of Rubén Darío, brings a singular vision to the varied poetic panorama of the first quarter of the 20th century, by means of which the mythological and the aesthetic make up a language that aims to radically define the psycho- geographical area that he had to inhabit.
The opening of the exhibition We are types of books: The Roses of Hercules It is one of the most important events within the complete agenda scheduled by the Ministry of Culture of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria in April for the celebration of the Month of the Book. A calendar that, in its different calls, fits the objectives pursued with the declaration of World Book Day, on April 23: encourage reading and love for literature among all audiences.