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César Oliva captures the living history of ´Murcia Confinada´ in 16 solidarity watercolors (14/09/2020)

| The exhibition will remain at the Chamber of Commerce this week –Monday, Wednesday and Thursday– and the proceeds will go to the Fundación Jesús Abandonado | 'Murcia Confined'; watercolors that show the streets of the city during confinement, deserted images that capture the reality that caused the coronavirus.

The Assembly Hall of the Chamber of Commerce today hosted the presentation of this exhibition, in an event that was attended by the mayor of Murcia, José Ballesta, together with the president of the Chamber of Commerce, Miguel López, the president of the Fundación Jesús Abandonado, José Moreno, and the author of the exhibition, César Oliva.“Artists, through words, their cameras, their brushes or their pencils, have the ability to express feelings.

César says it very well in the introduction presented by these plates: the artist must not only express what is seen, but also the feeling of what is seen.

I think these pictures of 'Murcia Confinada' are disturbing images, I don't know if shocking, of an unknown Murcia ”, said José Ballesta during the event, which was also attended by the Councilor for Culture and Heritage Recovery, Jesús Pacheco, and the councilor for Social Rights and Family, Pilar Torres."The watercolors that make up this exhibition are a graphic testimony of our history, which are overwhelming because they capture an almost unreality situation: the loneliness and silence of the streets of a deserted Murcia on dates as important as the Bando de la Huerta and the Burial de la Sardina ”, added the Murcian councilman, and indicated that the exhibition“ will pass as a witness of what happened for future generations ”.Specifically, the exhibition is made up of 16 watercolors, which will remain on display in the Exhibition Hall of the Murcia Chamber of Commerce this week - today, Wednesday and Thursday - from 9:00 a.m.

to 3:00 p.m.

.How 'Murcia confinada' was bornOn April 14, the day of the Bando de la Huerta, César Oliva went to buy the newspaper and bread, at which point he discovered the absences that, in previous years, would have gone out to celebrate the Bando in the streets of Murcia.

He took some photos with his mobile to send to his friends and, when he got home, he took his pencils, markers and watercolors, to try to capture the scene.This fact was what motivated him to create the exhibition, a story he recounted on May 9 in an article published in La Verdad.Donation to Abandoned JesusLater, the author donated the rights to his drawings to Fundación Jesús Abandonado.

In this context, 500 folders have been made containing the 16 drawings of the sample, which will be available at the Diego Marín Bookstore as of this Thursday, September 17, and whose proceeds will go to the Fundación Jesús Abandonado, to finance part of the expansion of the facilities of the building located on the Santa Catalina highway, where the occupational workshops will take place.Each folder can be purchased for 50 euros.

Original paintings can also be purchased.Scenarios of the watercolorsThe Plaza de la Cruz, the Plaza de Los Apóstoles, the Plaza del Teatro Romea, the Isidoro de la Cierva street, the surroundings of the Superior School of Dramatic Art, the Martínez Tornel Square, the San Pedro Square, Santo Domingo and the Fuensanta street are some of the settings for the paintings that make up the exhibition.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Murcia

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