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Spain and the Hispanic World at the Royal Academy of Arts

From masterpieces by Goya and Velázquez to dazzling objects from Latin America, explore the art and culture of the Hispanic world in this landmark exhibition.

Discover the rich story of Spanish and Hispanic art and culture from the ancient world to the early 20th century through over 150 fascinating works: from masterpieces by El Greco, Zurbarán, Velázquez and Goya to sculptures, paintings, silk textiles, ceramics, lustreware, silverwork, precious jewellery, maps, drawings, illuminated manuscripts and stunning decorative lacquerware from Latin America.

The exhibition features the famous World Map of 1526 by Giovanni Vespucci, and culminates with Sorolla’s colourful, large-scale study for his monumental series of 14 paintings, Vision of Spain.

Founded in New York in 1904, the Hispanic Society Museum & Library is home to the most extensive collection of Spanish art outside of Spain. Presented for the first time in the UK, it will offer visitors a chance to trace the great diversity of cultures and religions – from Celtic to Islamic, Jewish and Christian – that have shaped and enriched what we today understand as Spanish culture.

21 January — 10 April 2023

Tues–Sun: 10am–6pm
Fri: 10am–9pm

Main Galleries, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts

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An exhibition honouring Chaves Nogales opens in Newcastle

El 13 de febrero de 2020 en Arts, Exhibitions por | Sin comentarios

The exhibition ‘Europe at War: Chaves Nogales – Spanish journalist and exile 1917 – 1944’ is on display at Newcastle University’s Long Gallery, until the February 21st . It has been organised by staff at Newcastle University with colleagues from the University of Seville, and with the support of Instituto Cervantes Londres.

The exhibition was officially opened by one of Chaves Nogales’s grandchildren, Antony Jones, and Juan Belmonte’s great-granddaughter, Tatiana Beca Osborne.  It was also attended by Director of Instituto Cervantes in London, Ignacio Peyró, and representatives from the University of Seville, such as Director of Culture and Heritage at the University of Seville, Luis Rafael Méndez Rodríguez.

The exhibition includes an original copy of one of Chaves Nogales’ articles for the North Mail and other examples of his writing. As well as paying homage to Chaves Nogales and the memory of other exiles in Britain, it also remembers the significant number of men and women from the North East who travelled to Spain in the 1930s to fight against General Franco’s forces.

Chaves Nogales, a renowned Spanish journalist

Manuel Chaves Nogales was a Spanish journalist renowned for refusing to take an extreme ideological position and who warned against the growth of fascism across Europe. He travelled extensively through Europe and was one of the first foreign correspondents to witness and report on events taking place in Russia in the immediate aftermath of the 1917 revolution, pioneering a new style of journalism that was more similar to feature-based, in-depth journalism.

In 1930, Chaves Nogales became editor of the influential and ideologically moderate newspaper, Ahora. Although he nominally supported the Republic against the military uprising of General Franco in 1936, his overriding commitment was to report the truth of what was unfolding across Europe and became part of the so-called ‘Third Spain’ affiliated to neither far right nor far left. As a result, he was regarded as one of the most incisive and unbiased journalists working in Europe.

Last November, Instituto Cervantes in London paid tribute to the memory of all Spanish exiles at the grave of Chaves Nogales. The tribute took place in the North Sheen Cemetery in London and was chaired by the ambassador of Spain to the United Kingdom, Carlos Bastarreche. 

Celebra el Día Mundial del Libro con nosotros – Celebrate World Book Day with us

Día Mundial del Libro 2015 - World Book Day 2015

El 23 de abril es la fecha que la UNESCO, a propuesta de la Federación del Gremio de Editores de España, estableció como “Día Mundial del Libro y del Derecho de Autor” por coincidir con el aniversario de la muerte, en 1616, de Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare y el Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. En España la celebración del Día del Libro es una tradición y una fiesta de la Cultura en la que tiene lugar la entrega anual del Premio Cervantes.


Día Mundial del Libro 2015, jueves 23 de abril 

A partir de las 12.30 p.m.:

  •  Jornada de puertas abiertas
  • Exposición bibliográfica “Los Quijotes de la biblioteca: selección de Quijotes de la biblioteca de Londres
  • Los nuevos socios, y aquellos que deseen renovar su carné de biblioteca se beneficiarán de un 10% de descuento.

Además, regalaremos un libro* a todos los que tomen prestados materiales ese día.

*Hasta agotar existencias


Launched in 1995 to promote reading, publishing and copyright, World Book and Copyright Day will, once again, take place on 23 April. With the help of the Federation of Publishers’ Guild of Spain, UNESCO established this day to coincide with the anniversary of the deaths of Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. In Spain, celebrating World Book Day has become a tradition, and this year’s celebration will see the beloved annual presentation of the Miguel de Cervantes prize.


World Book Day 2015, Thursday 23 April 

From 12.30 p.m.:

  • Open house
  • Literary exhibition “The Quixotes: a selection of Quixotes from the Cervantes library in London”.
  • New members and those wishing to renew their membership will receive a 10% discount.

Additionally, all those who borrow at least one item from the library on 23 April will be gifted a book*.

*While stocks last

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