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Durham University

Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art


Research Seminar Series organised by Durham University's Zurbarán Centre with the ARTES Iberian and Latin American Visual Culture Group in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes and the Embassy of Spain in London

October-December 2021

The live, online seminar series provides an open forum for engaging with innovative research and exhibition projects relating to the visual arts in the Hispanic world. The sessions usually take place on Wednesdays, 6.00-7.00 pm (UK time).

Booking is essential. To register and to receive a link, please sign up here

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Javier Ortiz Echagüe (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos), Charles Clifford in Madrid. Dreams of Modernity

24th November 2021, 18:00 to 19:00, ZOOM

In 1850, the Welsh photographer Charles Clifford settled in Madrid, where he lived until his death in 1863. During this period he developed an extensive work of documentation of historical monuments and cities all over Spain. His work in Madrid, however, is somewhat different. In the capital he does not document medieval or baroque monuments, but focuses on a city in transformation, in which large engineering projects and urban reforms play a fundamental role. In a period of political and economic instability, Clifford shows the attempt to turn Madrid into a modern capital, capable of taking on the great development it was to undergo in the last decades of the 19th century.

Speaker’s biography: Javier Ortiz-Echagüe is a professor of art history at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid). He has curated several exhibitions, such as Val del Omar's Desbordamiento (Museo Reina Sofía 2010), Ortiz Echagüe. North Africa (Museo Nacional de Catalunya, Barcelona 2014) and, recently, Charles Clifford in Madrid. Dreams of Modernity (Fundación Canal de Isabel II, Madrid 2021). He is the author of the essay Yuri Gagarin and the Count of Orgaz. Mística y estética de la era especial (Fundación Museo Jorge Oteiza, Pamplona 2014), and coordinator, together with Horacio Fernández, of the catalogue Photobooks. Spain 1905-1977 (Museo Reina Sofía, 2014).

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