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The Carmen Conde traveling exhibition has opened at Melilla, their ultimate destination (24/09/2008)

The King's Hospital in Melilla La Vieja, has hosted the exhibition Wednesday 'Carmen Conde.

Creative Will ', organized by the State Society for Cultural Commemorations (SECC).

The event was attended by the Minister of Culture of the Autonomous City of Melilla, Simi Chocrón, the Councillor for Culture of the City of Cartagena, Rosario Montero and the Government Delegate Gregorio Escobar.

One hundred years after his birth, the significance of the figure and the literary works of Carmen Conde (Cartagena, 1907 - Madrid, 1996) remains valid.

Poet, novelist, playwright and especially women of action, Carmen Conde took initiatives of historical significance, as the People's University of Cartagena, which he founded with her husband, fellow poet Antonio Oliver Belmar, in the years of the Republic in his hometown .

The show, which has already been seen in Cartagena, Murcia and Madrid, stay in the Hospital of the King of Melilla until 2 November, and aims to show the willpower of a woman who, from his youth, struggled to assert their intellectual, surviving the hardships of misunderstanding and political persecution, until placed in the forefront of national academic activity, while developed one of the most outstanding literary works, especially relevant in the field of lyric poetry throughout his life, to become one of the most popular poetic voices of the twentieth century Spanish literature.

The exhibition traces the life and literary career of the writer through four sections:

Early years.

Cartagena and Melilla which evokes childhood, adolescence and youth of the writer who made his way along some of the greatest writers of Spain in the period while implementing various educational activities popular in the days of the Republic.

Civil War and postwar.

The second section of the exhibition recreates his work and travel during the Civil War fronts by Republicans, their persecution during the war and the development of his literary activity hidden, which he published under pseudonyms in newspapers and magazines as well as their survival in Madrid the forties.

Full stage in which the visitor can hover the literary and cultural activities developed in the half century when he wrote his best poetry and won numerous awards.

Carmen Conde, academic.

The last section of the exhibition shows the work of the Carmen Conde ranging from academic admission to the Royal Spanish Academy under the chairmanship of SS.


Kings from 1979 until his death in 1996.

A period of public recognition was also the ensuing media coverage and popular as the first woman to be in the SAR.

Francisco Javier Díez de Revenga, professor in the Department of Spanish Literature, Literary Theory and Comparative Literature at the University of Murcia, is the curator of this exhibition which brings together nearly three hundred pieces, among which include part of the writer's cultural heritage property the City of Cartagena, as well as other elements that help to contextualize his life: unpublished documents, manuscripts, letters, magazines, small print, furniture and personal belongings, including memorabilia.

In this regard include, first, the importance of his personal library, consisting of approximately 10,000 volumes, among which there are valuable first editions, many with autographs of the authors and other correspondence that crossed Awards Nobel in Literature, Juan Ramón Jiménez, Gabriela Mistral, Vicente Aleixandre, Pablo Neruda, Camilo Jose Cela, and other writers as Azorín, Jorge Guillen, Damaso Alonso and Miguel Hernandez, among many others, and that the relationship he had with the Count authors of his day was very intense.

Starting with her husband, poet, writer and teacher, who participates, from very young, the most important magazines of the thirties in Spain.

An important component of his biography is also related to travel, and especially with the Hispanic world, as both spouses legatees of heritage of Rubén Darío, who established the Ruben Dario Archive Seminar at the University Complutense of Madrid.

Show Hours:

Tuesday to Friday: 17 to 21 h.

Saturday: 10 to 14 h from 17 to 21 h.

Sundays: 10 to 14 h.

Closed Mondays.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena

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