Palacio de las Comunicaciones, Valencia’s iconic post office located in Plaza Ayuntamiento, has just been bought and repurposed by Lladró. As a world leader in design and art distribution, Lladró’s collection was born from the desire to share their success with the people of Valencia and demonstrate their devotion and commitment to Valencian society and culture. This exhibition: ‘From the darkness into the light’, was curated by González Tornel and consists of 71 paintings and 2 sculptures. The old post office is an apt place to appreciate the works of such talented artists due to the building’s artistic intricacies and ornamental characteristics of Valencian Art Nouveua.
‘From the darkness into the light’ features the works of Valencian-born artists including Juan de Juanes, José de Ribera, Francisco de Zurbarán, José Benlliure and Ignacio Pinazo. The exhibition also includes paintings by Joaquin Sorolla such as the famous mural, “I am the bread of life”. To celebrate the centenary of Joaquin Sorolla, an extensive programme of activities has been put together, coordinated by the Sorolla Museum and the Sorolla Foundation. This programme includes exhibitions both nationally and internationally and features paintings and sculptures from his artistic oeuvre.
The Valencian painter brings great pride to the city, with one of the main train stations being named in his honour, Estación Joaquin Sorolla. Although Sorolla moved to Madrid for the artistic recognition needed to propel his career, this exhibition re-affirms his position as a Valencian great.
Lladró’s collection will be displayed from the 25th of February to the 11th of June in Palacio de las Comunicaciones. While it is free admission, visitors must bring €1 for the lockers to leave any bags before entering. Bringing together the works of Valencian artists, the exhibition will move to Museu de Belles Arts on the 11th of June becoming an important part of Valencia’s cultural heritage.
Report by Imogen Hockings
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Lladró Collection photo copyright Imogen Hockings/ ’24/7 Valencia’
25-02-2023 to 11-06-2023
Every day: 10:00am-20:00pm
Important: March 1st to 19th, the opening hours will be affected by Fallas festivities and will be from 16:00pm- 21:00pm
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Palacio de las Comunicaciones de València
Pl. de l’Ajuntament, 24, 46002 València, Valencia