ARTISTIC, HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE
Commited to cultural development
Patronage, supporting new forms of artistic expression and the restoration of cultural heritage are the main channels through which the Iberdrola group manifests its commitment to culture. The company is pursuing this commitment in a sustainable way by supporting initiatives and programmes oriented towards conserving and promoting cultural heritage, and through actions that foster and contribute to the dissemination of the creative force of contemporary culture.
Iberdrola expresses its support for culture, art and society through:
- Projects for restoration and lighting of historic buildings
- Exhibitions organized in collaboration with different centers
- The Iberdrola art collection
The noteworthy patronage work of the company is materialised in a very special way with its permanent collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, of which it has been its sponsor since it was opened. According to such a commitment, Iberdrola has supported different exhibitions and iniciatives, among were the following stand out:
'OLAFUR ELIASSON. IN REAL LIFE'
Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson arrives at the Guggenheim, in collaboration with Iberdrola, with a multimedia proposal that encourages the viewer to reflect on their understanding and perception of the physical world around us.
Olafur Eliasson, 'Beauty' (1993) / Photo: Anders Sune Berg / Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles / © 1993 Olafur Eliasson.
The exhibition Olafur Eliasson. In real life draws our attention to some of the most urgent issues of today through pieces created between 1990 and 2020 — sculptures, photographs, paintings and installations that play with reflections and colour — that question the way we perceive and function in our surroundings. For this, he uses materials such as moss, water, glacier ice, fog, light or reflective metals.
It can be visited from February 14 to June 21, 2020.
'MASTERPIECES OF THE KUNSTHALLE BREMEN: FROM DELACROIX TO BECKMANN'
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao was playing host to Masterpieces of the Kunsthalle Bremen: from Delacroix to Beckmann, an Iberdrola-sponsored exhibition that tells the history of this German art gallery and its early dedication to modern art and highlights the close links that existed between the German and French art of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Vincent van Gogh, 'Field with Poppies' (1889).
The exhibition, which was opened to the public until February 16, 2020, reflected the unique history and artistic discourse of this museum opened in 1894 and renowned for its solid civic engagement, the intense relationship between private collecting and institutional tutelage, as well as its early involvement with professional research and the promotion of modern art.
'GIORGIO MORANDI AND THE OLD MASTERS'
On April 2019, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presented A Backward Glance: Giorgio Morandi and the Old Masters, an extensive journey through the work of one of the great 20th-century Italian painters that revealed the relationships between his still life paintings and some of his main influences in the history of art.
Giorgio Morandi, 'Still Life', 1956.
Sponsored by Iberdrola, this exhibition — which was open to visit from 12 April to 6 October 2019 — brought together for the first time a wide selection of Morandi's exceptional paintings and some of the works of the Old Masters that influenced his artistic technique throughout four decades, from the interwar period until the beginning of the 1960s.
'ALBERTO GIACOMETTI. A RETROSPECTIVE'
The Guggenheim Bilbao hosted the exhibition Alberto Giacometti. A Retrospective until 24 February 2019, dedicated to one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century and one of the leading sculptors in history.
Alberto Giacometti, 1951.
Organised by the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum and the Giacometti Foundation in Paris and sponsored by Iberdrola, the exhibition brought together more than 200 sculptures, paintings and drawings that synthesise more than four decades of the brilliant Swiss artist's career. From his first works linked to Cubism and Surrealism to his stylised and rugged multi-scale figures associated with a more mature stage.
Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) always impregnated his creations with great depth and reflection. The human figure is one of his main themes and many of his works were inspired by the people around him, especially his brother Diego, his wife Annette, his friends and his lovers.
On the occasion of the opening of the exhibition and coinciding with the 21st anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Iberdrola provided free admission to the museum on 20 and 21 October.
'BILL VIOLA: RETROSPECTIVE'
From 30 June to 9 November of 2017, Bill Viola's artwork (Nueva York, 1951) returned to the Bilbao's museum more than a decade later with a complete tour of his career, pioneer in the development of video art.
From left to right: Kira Perov, Director of the Bill Viola Studio; Juan Ignacio Vidarte, General Director of the Guggenheim; Bill Viola, artist; Rafael Orbegozo, Head of the Chairman's Office of Iberdrola and Lucía Agirre, Commissioner. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
The retrospective revealed the evolution of Viola's work over the course of 40 years of career and the transformation of his language, that matches with the revolutionary development of the technology and audiovisual techniques. He has been incorporating the advances progressively into his creative productions.
To commemorate the 20 years of existence of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, from 11 to 14 October 2017 the emblematic Frank Gehry building became the canvas for an impressive artistic interpretation thanks to Reflections, a free large-scale video mapping performance, with the collaboration of Iberdrola. The initiative, open and free to the public, two decades of history and creativity in Bilbao through light, texture and movement.
Iberdrola illuminated the Guggenheim Bilbao to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
'FRANCIS BACON: FROM PICASSO TO VELÁZQUEZ'
Fom 30 September 2016 to 8 January 2017, Iberdrola sponsored the exhibition Francis Bacon: from Picasso to Velázquez, which gathered a valuable selection of about 80 works valued among the most important of the British artist, along with many works just shown previously, accompanied by the work of different classical masters that influenced his career.
Francis Bacon, Three Studies for a Crucifixion, 1962.
The exhibition delved into the footprint left by the Spanish and French cultures in Bacon's work, a fervent francophile and a great expert in the art of the Spanish classical masters such as Velázquez, Zurbarán, El Greco or Goya.
In addition, with the goal of making art accessible to everyone, the company sponsored the first open door days of the Guggenheim. This is the first time a private entity has allowed visitors to enter for free, encouraging everyone to visit the museum in Bilbao.
Iberdrola, through its foundation in Spain, sponsored The Museo del Prado in the streets, an open-air exhibition consisting of fifty life-size photographic reproductions of the most emblematic paintings of the museum that passed through Elche (Alicante), Éibar (Guipúzcoa), Cartagena (Murcia), Palencia, Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz), Zamora, Albacete and Mérida (Badajoz) throughout 2019 and part of 2020.
This exhibition, part of the museum's bicentenary celebrations, aimed to promote knowledge, dissemination and communication of the Prado's collections and the cultural identity of its historical heritage by encouraging the implementation of educational programs and cultural outreach activities. It also aims to virtually reproduce the experience of visiting the gallery by admiring the works in their real dimensions. The company contributed 180,000 euros towards the exhibition.
'El Museo del Prado en las calles' exhibition in Mérida.
The Museo del Prado and Iberdrola, which have been collaborating since 2010, renewed their cooperation agreement in June 2018. Under the new agreement, the company is committed to supporting the conservation and restoration programs developed by the institution, and maintaining the three annual grants for young restorers which it has been awarding since 2011, and to which is now added an international grant. Specifically, it will allocate a total of 1.2 million euros, which will be split into annual payments of 300,000 euros during the first four years.
Iberdrola awards annual grants so that young restorers can become trained at the Museo del Prado Workshop. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
As part of that collaboration, Iberdrola has already participated in various projects, such as the restoration for use as an exhibition space of the entire second floor of the north side of the Villanueva Building. This action has enabled the rearrangement of the Prado collection, favouring a continuous and more accessible tour. In addition, eight new rooms of 17th-century Flemish and Dutch paintings, featuring fundamental works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Jan Brueghel, Clara Peeters, David Teniers, Rembrandt, Salomon Bray and Gabriël Metsu, have been opened to the public.
On the other hand, as a supporting member of the Museo del Prado Restoration Program, the company has supported the restoration of The Annunciation by Fra Angélico, a work dating to the mid-1420s recognised for being the first Renaissance-style altar in which used perspective ito organise the space.
Fra Angélico, 'The Annunciation', 1420.
The restoration work by Almudena Sánchez, removed the layer of grey dirt and the oil repaints from previous attempts. This has helped to restore the rich, vibrant colours and the intense light of the scene, characteristic elements of this painting and of all Fra Angélico's work.
Likewise, Iberdrola has collaborated in the restoration of many of the 44 pictures in Their Majesties' Retiring Room exhibition. The exhibition, opened to the public from 9 April to 24 November 2019, recreated the original aspect of Room 39 of the Villanueva building, first opened in 1828 as a room in which King Ferdinand VII and his family could take their rest.
Luis Paret y Alcázar, 'Ferdinand VII swears the oath as Prince of Asturias', 1791.
The room was decorated with 28 paintings of monarchs from the Bourbon Dynasty that illustrate the evolution of court portraiture in Spain from the start of the 18th century to the first third of 19th. Numerous still lifes — three of them 17th-century Flemish works and the remainder by Spanish artists — and 18th century landscapes were also on show, as were two busts of oriental figures painted by Lorenzo Tiepolo.
This exhibition recreates the way of hanging paintings at different heights to cover entire walls, a method typical of 19th-century museography. The small annex, once used for personal hygiene purposes, has also been rehabilitated, with the recovery of the commode made by Ángel Maeso in 1830, the only surviving piece of original furniture.
Another of the works restored with Iberdrola sponsorship is The Fountain of Life, one of the most intriguing and fascinating Flemish paintings in the Prado's collection. The piece, which was painted in the Netherlands in an environment closely linked to Jan Van Eyck's workshop, has undergone a process lasting 18 months to remove the opaque and yellowish varnish that covered the painting. Space and depth have thus been recovered, as have the dark linear outline of the details and the peculiar way of applying the glazes, in which transparency is achieved not by the use of more medium in the painting but by the overlapping of opaque layers.
While aesthetics was one of the goals, the restoration also addressed historical and iconographic dimensions, as well as key aspects of the panel's pictorial style, to complete the research. The conclusions of this detailed study could have been seen, along with the restored piece, until 27 January 2019 in an exhibition sponsored by Iberdrola.
'The Fountain of Grace', before and after the restoration process. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
Furthermore, the company has collaborated in the restoration works of three of the paintings selected for the In lapide depictum exhibition. Italian painting on stone, 1530-1555, which could be visited since 17 April until 5 August 2018.
These most notably include the Santo Entierro of the Bassano workshop, restored by Alicia Peral, who has recovered the volume of each figure and its exact position in the composition, as well as the depth of the landscape. The restoration has also revealed touches of gold with which the author achieves the effect of vibrating light, in contrast to the dark and deep surface of the slate support.
'In lapide depictum. Italian painting on stone, 1530-1555', opened to the public from 17 April to 5 August 2018, at the Museo del Prado in Madrid. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
The Museo del Prado has also restored, with Iberdrola's help, three important religious works from the Sevillian baroque painter Antonio María Esquivel: The Fall of Lucifer, Christ the Saviour and The Virgin and Child. Only the first of them had been displayed for a very short time, in the Casón del Buen Retiro, while the other two are unpublished.
'The Fall of Lucifer', 'Christ the Saviour' and 'The Virgin and Child', by Antonio María Esquivel.
The company has also sponsored the restoration of The Triumph of Death by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, one of only two pieces by the artist being conserved in Spain. The restoration work, which was carried out by María Antonia López de Asiain and José de la Fuente, has enabled the recovery of the painting's structural stability, true colouring, composition and technique, recovering the clarity in the foregrounds.
Presentation of 'The Triumph of Death' by Pieter Bruegel the Elder after the restoration process. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
The Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza and Iberdrola, via its Foundation in Spain, are presenting Museo Fácil (Easy Museum), the first easy-to-read guide to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection. This inclusive project enables the adaptation of the texts, graphics and design of publications in order to make them more cognitively accessible to all manner of people with reading comprehension problems.
Iberdrola's sponsorship has also made it possible to offer the long-running Hecho a Medida (Made to Measure) Program to its participants without charges. For the last 10 years, this activity has made it possible for everybody to take part in projects adapted to their particular needs by equating the rights of every visitor via the proposals put forward by the museum's Education Department.
The 'Museo Fácil' content was selected and checked by a team of people with reading comprehension difficulties.
'SOROLLA ON THE HUNT FOR IMPRESSIONS'
From 26 November 2019 to 26 May 2020 Museo Sorolla hosts the exhibition Sorolla on the hunt for impressions, sponsored by Iberdrola. The exhibition includes more than a hundred drawings by the Valencian painter which illustrate how his sketching evolved and, while it is not exhaustive, it shows the aspects that most concerned him in the practice of his art.
'Couple prepared to leave' (1911). Composite pencil and red pencil on cardboard. Sorolla Museum Foundation.
This exhibition seeks to highlight this little-known facet of the painter, since Sorolla sent sketches to very few of his exhibitions and did not usually hang them in his studio to show his clients. Furthermore, the fragility of the drawing materials and the extreme sensitivity of paper to light make exhibiting the works a tremendously delicate operation and therefore exceptional.
'SOROLLA AND FASHION'
From 13 February to 27 May 2018, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and Sorolla Museum (Madrid) hosted the exhibition Sorolla and fashion. Organised by both museums and in collaboration with Iberdrola, the exhibition was developed simultaneously and complementary in the two venues and it was dedicated to the presence of fashion in Joaquín Sorilla's work.
'Sorolla and fashion' exhibition. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
The exhibition made up of 70 paintings from different museums and private national and international collections — some of which had never been exhibited to the public — in addition to dresses and accessories from the period.
'SOROLLA IN PARIS'
Iberdrola also sponsored the temporary exhibition Sorolla in Paris, exhibited in the Sorolla Museum of Madrid from the 23rd of November to the 19th of March 2017. During the time it was opened it achieved to beat the record of visitors of the Gallery with a total of 116,510 attendees.
'Sorolla in Paris' exhibition. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
After being exhibited in the Kunsthalle Museum of Munich and the Musée des Impressionnismes of Giverny, the exhibition landed in Madrid, organised by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports and the Fundación Museo Sorolla.
Sorolla in Paris brought 66 paintings selected by the painter to be exhibited in the main international exhibitions. A portray of the international recognition of the artist of Valencia since his first trip to Paris in 1885, until his success in the most important collective exhibitions and his recognition as a painter of the aristocracy of his time.
One more year, the historic centre of Salamanca became the showcase of the latest trends in art that have light and video as raw materials. The fourth annual Luz y Vanguardias Festival which set the city alight from Thursday, 13 June to Sunday, 16 June, was 15% more efficient in energy consumption than in previous years.
Luz y Vanguardias Festival.
The façade of the City Council in the Plaza Mayor became the backdrop for an international videomapping competition, where 27 works of creators from all over the world competed for votes from the jury and from the public. Following its commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency, the City of Salamanca and Iberdrola decided to use preferably LED technology for lighting and laser for projections on buildings. As for the sound, the festival counted for the first time this year with the only Fohn audio equipment in Spain, a system that electronically modulates the reach of the sound beam in a way that adjusts to the quantity and distribution of people present in the auditorium at a certain time.
Italian creator Marco Morguese, with his work Sueñorama, was awarded the prize of the jury, endowed with 15,000 euros, while the studio from Valladolid Holp Studio got the public's award with his work Blue Lion. Young creative students from the University of Salamanca and the Pontifical University display their work in the University's Patio de Escuelas, also received accreditation diplomas, and Luis Gómez, adviser of Iberdrola's Presidency, gave mentions to the rest of the artists and studies present at the event.
José Manuel Ballester and Javier Riera — two prestigious artists with an extensive international experience — introduced their site-specific works commisioned by the Festival to be installed at the River Tormes where it flows under the New Bridge and the New Cathedral, respectively. Both authors agreed to focus the significance of their work on the relationship between man and the environment and the risks our depredation entails for a sustainable future.
All these landmark spots in the city were transformed with the latest trends in avant-garde art every night, open to the public and free of charge.
To coincide with the official festival program, visitors to the exhibition could also enjoy +Luz, an alternative initiative in which the majority of the city's art centres and cultural spaces took part, with different creations sharing light as their leitmotiv. Return participants included Centro de Arte Contemporáneo DA2, the multidisciplinary Espacio Nuca, La Salchichería cultural centre and Fundación Venancio Blanco. The Museum of Automotive History of Salamanca (MHAS - Museo de Historia de la Automoción de Salamanca) and the Higher School of Conservation and Restoration of Salamanca (Escuela de Arte y Superior de Conservación y Restauración de Salamanca) were first-time attendees.
As the winner of Luz y Vanguardias 2019, Morguese had the opportunity to participate in September at the international iMapp Bucharest festival, one of the most important 3D video mapping competitions on the international scene. Only the winners of a selection of festivals, such as Holland, Russia, Canada, Mexico or China, among others attend by invitation. It was held on September 21.
The Iberdrola group brought to Washington the Recovered Memories. Spain and the Support for the American Revolution. Its objective was to add value to the contribution made by the Spanish royal family to the creation of the United States of America.
'Gálvez's March. Conquest of Baton Rouge, 1779', by Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau.
The selection stayed open to the public from 26 September to 18 November 2018, was composed of around 100 pieces — including works of art, documents, maps, clothes, holograms, etc. — all of which serve to emphasise the relevant role played by the Spanish Crown during the American War of Independence between the years 1775 and 1783.
OTHER AREAS OF ACTION
Our overriding objective is to improve the state of artistic monuments and singular buildings, promoting energy efficiency and decreasing environmental pollution. There are some examples:
Iberdrola has renewed and modernised the exterior ornamental lighting of the Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Prado, in Talavera de la Reina (Toledo), declared a Site of Cultural Interest in 1993 in the Monument category. The company has installed 45 led floodlights capable of illuminating an area of over 2,000 m2, which accentuate and enhance the nocturnal outline of this place of worship. Thanks to these new lights, an energy efficiency of 60% has been achieved, thereby avoiding the emission into the atmosphere of 1.6 tons of CO2 every year.
The inauguration was attended by the Iberdrola group chairman, Ignacio Galán; the president of the Castilla-La Mancha Regional Parliament, Emiliano García-Page; and the mayor of Talavera de la Reina, Tita García.
Iberdrola signed an agreement in November 2019 for the renovation of the interior lighting for Palencia cathedral. The intention is to highlight the beauty of the architectural elements of its construction.
The cathedral of San Antolín, built on a Latin cross base with three naves and two transepts, will be illuminated using the latest LED technology, respecting the spiritual values and the heritage of the building.
The illumination of this Gothic-style place of worship, with elements typical of the Roman and Visigoth periods, is a clear example of the commitment of the company to Castille and León, with a view to promoting the social value of culture and the conservation of the heritage of the region.
Iberdrola has upgraded in April 2019 the decorative lighting inside the New Cathedral of Salamanca to highlight the most noteworthy aspects of a building that has been declared an Asset of Cultural Importance and improve its energy efficiency by 87%.
The company has used the most highly-advanced led technology to draw attention to the vaulted ceilings in the lateral and central naves, the transept and the lantern tower, also focusing on specific items in the main chapel and altar, with 6.9 kilowatts of total installed power. The work entailed fitting 144 spotlights and 1,400 metres of cabling which, expertly installed, is not visible to visitors to the galleries of the triforia that encircle the naves of the cathedral.
Interior lighting of the new Cathedral of Salamanca.
Iberdrola has renovated the exterior ornamental lighting of the Catholic cathedral in Ávila. This project will improve the energy efficiency of the cathedral, which has been declared an Asset of Cultural Interest, and avoid the emission into the atmosphere of 4.8 tonnes of CO2 per year. In addition, the company has installed the most advanced led technology throughout the cathedral's perimeter, roofs and towers to improve its appearance after dark.
New illumination for Ávila Cathedral.
Iberdrola Mexico donated a new low-consumption lighting system to the National Art Museum (MUNAL) through Fundación Iberdrola Mexico, allowing visitors to better appreciate the colour, detail and texture of the pieces on display as well as helping to preserve its pieces by controlling lighting levels.
The system, which supposed an investment of over a million pesos from the company, is made up of rails and led lights, which have been installed along the nearly 1.000 m2 comprising the halls that will host the temporary exhibitions. This will save over 85% on annual energy consumption and reduce CO2 emissions.
National Art Museum of Mexico (MUNAL) lighting project. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
On the other hand, Iberdrola unveiled in May 2018 the new exterior lighting of the main entrance on the south facade of the Monastery of the Order of Santiago in Uclés (Cuenca), after undertaking a process of renovation of the ornamental lighting that highlights on the one hand the expanse of the facade and on the other the architectural details of this monument built in 1735.
The chairman of Iberdrola, Ignacio Galán, together with the Bishop of Cuenca, José María Yanguas; the President of the Castilla-La Mancha Regional Government, Emiliano García-Page; and the Secretary of State-Director of the National Intelligence Centre, Félix Sanz Roldán, attended the switching-on of this lighting for which led technology luminaires have been installed that reduce the total power by 55%, which means a reduction in both energy expenditure and in CO2 emissions to the atmosphere.
Switching-on of the new exterior lighting of the main entrance on the south facade of the Monastery of the Order of Santiago in Uclés (Cuenca).
The company also renewed the ornamental lighting of the Royal Pantheon of the Collegiate Church of San Isidoro de León. The project, which involved an investment of 87,000 euros, was undertaken thanks to the collaboration agreement signed between Iberdrola and the Cabildo de la Colegiata de San Isidoro de León in June 2017, whose aim was to highlight the excellence of the cultural assets of this chapel of the eleventh century.
From left to right: the General Director of Heritage for the Government of Castilla y León, Enrique Saiz; the mayor of León, Antonio Silván; the Abbot-President of the Council of Saint Isidore, Francisco Rodríguez Llamazares, and the Director of the Iberdrola España Foundation, Ramón Castresana.
To develop this project, the company used led projectors with over 98% colour rendering, which makes it possible to achieve full colour fidelity at a colour temperature very similar to that of sunlight. The benefits of led technology have also been fully utilised, as this kind of lighting is kinder to the paintings as it emits no infrared or ultraviolet light. Lastly, three natural light sensors were installed to automatically adjust the light level in the Royal Pantheon's interior.
The company and the Royal Tapestry Factory (Madrid) also finished renewing the institution's lighting system of the restoration workshop, using cutting-edge led technology solutions. To this end, it installed 40 lamps and additional lighting devices, which achieve a higher colour rendering, in addition to implementing a control system to adapt the lighting levels to the needs of the restorer.
The new, more modern and efficient lighting system will help reduce electricity consumption by over 47%, thus reducing the CO2 annual emissions by approximately 3.5 tons.
New lighting system of the Royal Tapestry Factory (Madrid).
Iberdrola also upgraded the lighting system installed on the first floor of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of St. Ferdinand, where the works of the old masters are exhibited, improving the levels of lighting to enhance the experience of visitors, while preserving these works of art better.
Upgrading the lighting system on the first floor of the Museum. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
In February 2020, Iberdrola —through its foundation in Spain — extended the Atlantic Romanesque Plan to next four years (2020-2023). It is a cross-border cooperation project to preserve cultural heritage sponsored by the Government of Castilla y León and Fundación Iberdrola. Since its inauguration in 2010, the Plan has been involved in work on some twenty Romanesque churches in the provinces of Zamora and Salamanca in Spain and the regions of Porto, Vila-Real and Bragança in Portugal.
Its activities include the work being carried out on the church of San Martín de Tours in Salamanca to alleviate the structural problems it suffers from its origin and which are worsening over time. This church, which was built in the 12th century on the site of an earlier building, has been declared a Historical-Artistic Monument and together with the Catedral Vieja (Old Cathedral) it is the city's most significant Romanesque building. As part of the project, that entailed an investment of 356,000 euros, it was decided to monitor the space to gather real data on its condition. The first sensors were installed in 2015 and the building has been under constant observation ever since. With the extension of the Atlantic Romanesque Plan, it is decided to continue with the improvement works of the building six more months.
Church of San Martín de Tours in Salamanca.
The Atlantic Romanesque Plan also offers cultural activities to promote knowledge, revitalization and dissemination of the heritage of the participating areas. In August 2019, therefore, and for the sixth consecutive year, a concert in the church of Santa María of the monastery of San Martín de Castañeda, in Zamora. The recital, entitled Origen Fusión, was in charge of Vandalia Trío, with a fusion of classical music and styles such as jazz, Latin, funk or flamenco.
The plan has made it possible to transform the sacristy of the church of San Martín de Castañeda into a chapel adapted to the needs of worshippers, create a visitor information point and, more recently, repair the church roof. A around-the-clock monitoring system has also been installed to control and improve preventive conservation, granting the energy efficiency.
Vandalia Trío is a chamber group consisting of Irene Jiménez Fernando García and Pablo Estébanez (flute, violin and double bass).
The opening of the new information point at the Santa María monastery took place in June 2019. The space serves as a visitor centre and explains the history of the building and the various actions implemented within the initiative, emphasising the importance of new technologies in the conservation of heritage.
As part of the Atlantic Romanesque Plan, work has also been done on the cultural project Ciudad Rodrigo Cathedral. The door to the kingdom, with the purpose of disseminating the contents of the plan and the actions carried out at the Nuestra Señora de Santa María Cathedral. Conferences, guided visits or cultural activities are only a few of the events of the project. Information about these events was available at the visitor welcome and information point next to the Door of Forgiveness of the Cathedral in Ciudad Rodrigo.
Some of the most interesting events of the project include the Christmas concert held at the cathedral on 22 December 2017. The concert was given by "Scherzo Música de Cámara", with free admission.
Ciudad Rodrigo Cathedral (Salamanca).
In order to restore and showcase the cultural heritage in the north of Portugal, in November 2017, the company began the second phase of the Atlantic Romanesque Plan in Boticas and Guimarães, with the restoration of the Romanesque churches in Covas del Barroso and Serzedelo.
Romanesque church of Covas del Barroso. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
Iberdrola presented the results of its 2017 Iberdrola Museum Program. The initiative is based on the following lines of action of the Conservation and Restoration, Education and Cultural Action Departments of the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum:
Firstly, the program funded the annual restoration of a series of works of art of the museum's permanent collection. Moreover, the Iberdrola-Museum scholarship was awarded to promote training and research in this field. Finally, different learning activities were specially designed and carried out for persons with cognitive disabilities or visual impairment, so they could experience and enjoy the collection.
37 works of art were restored throughout 2017 as part of the program. These were restored by the Conservation and Restoration Department of the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum. In addition, it is worth highlighting that these pieces were used for further historical and artistic analysis after their restoration.
The following participated in the presentation event: Ramón Castresana, Director of Fundación Iberdrola; María José Ruiz-Ozaita, Head of the Conservation and Restoration Department of the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, and Miguel Zugaza, Director of the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
In its commitment to culture and avant-garde art, Iberdrola also supports several major events and donates important works of art.
During the week prior to the 2018 General Shareholders' Meeting — from 5th to 13th April —, the Spanish artist Eugenio Ampudia transformed the Iberdrola Tower into a rainstick (pau de chuva). This was an artistic presentation with a very powerful technological and ecological character combining climate data of Bilbao and Brasilia.
'Pau de Chuva', by Eugenio Ampudia.
The work of art reflected pulses of light marked by a combination of temperature, atmospheric pressure, environmental humidity and wind strength data of the two cities.
Another example was the donation by the company of the painting Por España y por el Rey, Gálvez en Pensacola to the Spanish Military Culture and History Institute. This work will be on permanent display at the Army Museum in the room dedicated to General Bernardo de Gálvez in the Alcázar de Toledo.
Furthermore, the Company was a special sponsor of San Sebastián 2016, European Capital of Culture, as a further testament to its belief in the possibility of a better world through knowledge and multicultural dialogue, and the care and maintenance of our cultural richness and diversity. By supporting this event, the company also aimed to highlight the interaction between culture, the environment and sustainability.
Likewise, Iberdrola has signed an agreement with The Fundación pro-RAE to create a digital version of the forthcoming edition of the Dictionary of the Spanish language, on the celebration of the IV Centenary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes in 2016.
Iberdrola actively collaborates in the edition of different prestigious works:
- Monograph Jesús Mari Lazkano: his pictorial imaginary has been brought together in a book published with the collaboration between Iberdrola and San Sebastián 2016. An invitation to travel and delve into the artist paintings (born in Bergara, in 1960) during his over three decades of work.
Presentation of the book of Jesús Mari Lazkano.
- México: Ensayo de un mito (2016) [PDF]
- Figured, figurations, figurants. To be or (perchance) to dream (2015) [PDF]
- Entre chien et loup, works from the Meana Larrucea Collection (2011) [PDF]
- The Luz y Vanguardias Festival of Salamanca celebrates its fourth edition (Spanish version)
- Spain's King and Queen visit the 'Recovered Memories' exhibition in New Orleans, sponsored by Iberdrola
- The Fundación Iberdrola España renews its commitment to the Museo del Prado and joins the Bicentenary celebration (Spanish version)