His Majesty King Felipe of Spain visited “The Recovered Memory, Traces in the History of the United States” exhibit on Friday in Bilbao. The exhibition, curated by José Manuel Guerrero Acosta, focuses on the Hispanic monarchy’s role in the formation of the United States.
It was organised by Iberdrola and “proposes an approximation to the little known contribution of the Hispanic monarchy to the formation of the United States of America, with special attention to the contribution of the Basque people to exploration, navigation and commerce, as well as to immigration in North America, from the beginning of the Hispanic presence in the continent until the 20th century,” according to Casa Real.
The King viewed the exhibit alongside Spain’s Minister of Health, Social Policy and Equality, Dolors Montserrat; the delegate of the Government in the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country, Javier de Andrés; the mayor of Bilbao, Juan María Aburto; the deputy general of the Provincial Council of Vizcaya; the president of Iberdrola, Ignacio Sánchez Galán; and the president of the General Councils of Vizcaya, Ana Otadui.
Some of the items on display included over 200 works of art, documents, maps, costumes, miniatures and staging from different museums, archives, libraries and institutions. The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, The Prado Museum, The Lázaro Galdiano Museum, The Museum of America, The Museum of Fine Arts of Bilbao, The Basque Museum of Bilbao, The Museum of San Telmo and The Aquarium of Donostia-San Sebastián all lent artefacts to the exhibit. Casa Real added, “These include individual loans from private collections and works by the Iberdrola art collection itself and Avangrid, the group’s subsidiary in the United States.”
Later, King Felipe spoke at the Auditorium of the Science and Technology Park of Gipuzkoa. He explained that he was able to “enjoy the very interesting exhibition that Iberdrola has organised at its headquarters.”
He also added that the exhibit is a “sample that emphasises the important, valuable and not so well-known Spanish contribution – specifically of so many Basques – to the construction of that great country, both in its political birth and in its later socio-economic development.”
Over 40 artists are represented in included some authors from the United States as well as Spanish sculptors and painters.