Arts & Culture: Instituto Cervantes Holds and Exhibit on the Literary Legacy of Spanish Icon Miguel Hernandez

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MANILA – Instituto Cervantes de Manila will be holding the exhibition “Miguel Hernandez, a plena luz” in its center in Intramuros from July 25 to September 16, 2019.

Organized by the Provincial Government of Jae, this exhibition is one of the projects in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the death of the poet Miguel Hernandez, who hails from Orihuela, Alicante. Its purpose is to make aware of his literary legacy, which is treasured and safeguarded by the Diputacion through the Instituto de Estudios Giennenses (IEG).

Curated by Juan Jose Tellez, the Director of the Centro Andaluz de las Letras, “Miguel Hernandez, a plena luz” was inaugurated in Jaen in December 2017, and in 2018 went on an international tour, taking the poet to three continents. To this day, visitors were able to view the exhibit in Instituto Cervantes London, Manchester, New York, Chicago and Dublin. After Manila, the only Asian city in the international tour, the exhibit will be heading to Toulouse and Paris.

During the planning of its international tour, Instituto Cervantes Manila had already been marked as an obligatory destination since the center’s library is named after Miguel Hernandez. For more than a decade the Manila center of Instituto Cervantes had been programming cultural events to commemorate the poet from Orihuela.

Considered as one of the most authentic figures in the 20th century Spanish literature, the literary beginnings of Miguel Hernandez were marked by religiosity, which was predominant during that period, and a self-taught literary education based on the classics of the Spanish Golden Age. His book El rayo que no casa (1937) made him famous in the poetry circles of Madrid, where he had decided to move in order to try his luck as a poet. The Civil War did not disrupt his literary career and in fact, during his time, he published Viento del pueblo (1937) and El hombre acecha (1938). After the war, he was arrested and imprisoned, where he had died in subhuman conditions in 1942.

Centering on Miguel Hernandez as an icon of poetry and enlightenment, the exhibition offers us a glimpse of his life through photographs and interactive devices which display digital copies of his works and various documents. 

Likewise, the exhibition also contains original pieces, such as manuscripts, letters, book editions, photographs, and other personal objects from the legacy of Miguel Hernandez. These were acquired by Diputacion de Jaen through the writer’s heirs.

Organized by the Diputacion de Jaen, this project is done in collaboration with the Junta de Andalucia, together with the Centro de Estudios Andaluces, the Centro Andaluz de las Letras, the Generalitat Valenciana, Instituto Cervantes and Intramuros Administration.

The Exhibit Room of Instituto Cervantes de Manila is located in San Luis Complex, Intramuros, Manila. Entrance to the exhibit is for free, For further information, please visit the website of Instituto Cervantes at www. manila.cervantes.es and its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/InstitutoCervantesManila).

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