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Sunday, October 15, 2006

On Azorín and small scale Spanish museums

Maggie and I went to the nearby town of Monóvar yesterday to have a look at an exhibition of photos. They were taken in the town at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th Centuries. The exhibition was in the museum and study centre dedicated to the writer Azorín who was born in Monóvar in 1873.

All I knew about Azorín before I went to the museum was that he was a writer and a reviewer who used a pseudonym (his real name was José Augusto Trinidad Martínez Ruiz) and was one of the Generation of 98 which had something to do with the Spanish American war of 1898. By the time I came away from the Museum what I knew about Azorín was that he was a writer and a reviewer who used a pseudonym and was one of the Generation of 98.

It was a nice museum with some interesting furniture, lots of cameras and a fair sized library in the attic. The pictures of Monóvar and its people were cracking, we were made very welcome by the curator and it was free which made it all the better. But, not one of the photos had a caption, there were no info boards about the writer or about any of the exhibits and it is only in doing the internet research afterwards that I realised the link with the Monóvar photos was that Azorín's brother took some of them using some of the cameras on display.

The house is not atypical of the smaller Spanish museums and galleries which seem to regard giving information away as being some sort of sin.

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