#The exhibition ‘Berlanguiano. Luis García Berlanga (1921-2021)’ has arrived in Valencia, the birthplace of esteemed filmmaker and first president of the Film Academy, Luis García Berlanga. Available in Bombas Gens until June 12, the exhibition’s final day would have been the filmmakers 101st birthday – a fitting end for the ‘Berlanga Year’ centenary activities.
Inaugurated this week by Film Academy president Mariano Barroso and the vice-president of the Fundació Per Amor a l’Art-Bombas Gens Susana Lloret, the exhibition includes many artistic aspects which highlight the career of the successful filmmaker.
“This exhibition, which is part of the ‘Berlanga Year’, has already visited Madrid and Seville, and now comes to the city where our honorary president and one of the driving forces behind the Academy was born. I can think of no better culmination to end the numerous activities we have organized around the figure of the well-known director and screenwriter to commemorate the centenary of his birth,” said Barroso.
Susana Lloret said it is a “great pride” for Fundació Per Amor a l’Art to host ‘Berlanguiano’. “With this exhibition, we begin a new path that involves making room for culture beyond the Per Amor a l’Art collection. We hope that many people who come to see ‘Berlanguiano’ will…end up feeling that this type of art has something to tell them,” she added.
The rooms of the exhibition take the viewer chronologically through Berlanga’s life via photographs, film excerpts, posters, original scripts and shooting plans, and are juxtaposed by photographs that highlight Spanish life at the time. Over 170 photographs have been sourced from various archives and collections and collated in this exhibition.
This iteration of the exhibition in Valencia includes more audiovisual content than its previous showings in Madrid and Seville. Giant screens project images of actors that Berlanga directed, and twelve additional screens show scenes from his films in a constantly changing collage. A curtained room shows further audiovisual material, and there are even audiovisual interviews with Berlanga to be seen.
The end of the exhibition is dedicated to the Goya Awards, a fitting accompaniment to the Goyas premiere in Valencia on February 12. In this part of the exhibition, you can view the original statuette that Berlanga won for ‘Todos a la cárcel’ in 1994.
Report and photography by Julia McGee-Russell
Article copyright ‘24/7 Valencia’
‘Berlanguiano’ photos copyright Julia McGee-Russell / 24/7 Valencia
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Exhibition opening times: Weds-Sun 11am-2pm and 4-7pm
Entrance fee for ‘Berlanguiano’: €2.50
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