Open for group shareholders from tomorrow until 9 April and then to the general public until 2 July

Ignacio Galán opens the exhibition titled‘ Memory regained. Traces in the History of the United States’ at the Iberdrola Tower

  • Displayed on the 25th floor of the corporate headquarters, the exhibition will feature pieces from an array of institutions, ranging from the US Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art to the Prado Museum and including the Lázaro Galdiano Museum, the Museum of the Americas and Bilbao's Fine Arts Museum.
  • The exhibition has been organised as part of the Iberdrola Week celebrations, which end on Friday 31 March with the company's General Shareholders' Meeting at the Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao.

The chairman of Iberdrola, Ignacio Galán, will be inaugurating a historic-artistic exhibition this afternoon titled Memory regained. Traces in the History of the United States', which will be on show on the 25th floor of the Iberdrola Tower in Bilbao.

Organised by Iberdrola and curated by José Manuel Guerrero Acosta, it features a selection of over 200 pieces of artwork, documents, maps, costumes, miniatures and reproductions.

The works have been loaned by various museums, archives, libraries and institutions, including the US Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the Prado Museum, the Lázaro Galdiano Museum, the Museum of the Americas, the Fine Arts Museum of Bilbao, the San Telmo Museum and the Aquarium in San Sebastián. Among the pieces on loan are unique items from private collections and from the exclusive collection owned by Iberdrola and AVANGRID, the group's US subsidiary.

Memory regained. Traces in the History of the United States offers its audience some insight into the little known contribution made by the Spanish royal family to the creation of the United States of America.

The exhibition focuses in particular on the Basque Country's role in exploration, sailing and trade, as well as on migration to North America from when Spaniards arrived on the continent up to the 20th century.

With pieces by more than 40 artists, there are names from today's US art scene such as James Turrell and Dan Flavin, and Spaniards such as sculptors Luis Antonio Sanguino de Pascual and Salvador Amaya, painters Augusto Ferrer Dalmau and Llanos Lerma, and illustrators of the likes of Fernando Vicente.

The exhibition will be open exclusively for Iberdrola shareholders from tomorrow, 28 March, until 9 April. Then, from 10 April to 2 July, it will be open free of charge to the general public.

Invitations to see the exhibition are required in both cases and can be collected at the Iberdrola Tower building. The tours will be guided, so visitors will need to book in advance. As a novelty, Wednesdays will be open days this year, when appointments will not be needed. For more information, free-phone 900 119 120 or visit the website http://www.iberdrola-arte.en.

Ignacio Galán at the opening ceremony

During the opening ceremony, the Chairman of Iberdrola stated that "organising this exhibition is our contribution to recovering the traces of Spaniards -and, in particular, Basques- in the United States throughout its history, especially since its birth".

Ignacio Galán also added that “the exhibition takes us from "The Century of Light" to "The Light of a Century", two spaces portraying the impact of our company in the United States. It takes us through two parallel paths, with the century-old stories of our company and those of our North-American subsidiary, Avangrid, which is listed in the New York Stock Exchange, and through which: we are present in twenty seven states; we have eight electricity and gas distribution companies in New York, Maine, Connecticut and Massachusetts, and we are the second wind energy producer of the country and one of the companies with the lowest emissions".

Celebrating Iberdrola Week

Memory regained. Traces in the History of the United States exhibition has been organised at the initiative of the company's Management Board as a sign of Iberdrola's commitment to engaging its shareholders, which is expressed in the company's Shareholder Engagement Policy.

With this in mind, the opening has been arranged to coincide with Iberdrola Week, which ends on Friday 31 March with the company's General Shareholders' Meeting at the Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao.

Once again, Iberdrola proves its dedication to sharing art and culture and its bond with the USA, where the company's presence is significant in States such as Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Maine, as well as being listed on the New York Stock Exchange through its subsidiary AVANGRID, the country's second largest wind power operator.