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Fear Nothing, She Says
Valladolid, 17.11.2015 - 28.02.2016

Organised in connection with the 5th Centenary of the Birth of Saint Teresa of Jesus, the aim of this exhibition is to explore the meaning of spiritual searches at the onset of the third millennium, establishing the need to find their common anthropological thread and endorsing their connection with creative languages. Twenty-one contemporary artists have been chosen for their thematic, conceptual, existential or political affinities with the figure and the legacy of Teresa of Avila.


The Future Belongs to No One Yet. Eugenio Ampudia
Mexico D.F., 29.01.2016 - 15.05.2016

An interplay of paradoxes relating to the age we live in through invisible, imaginary and virtual presences is revealed in the exhibition The Future Belongs to No One Yet by the Spanish artist Eugenio Ampudia. The show presents a selection of works through which the artist and the curator Blanca de la Torre set out to reveal all the invisible layers of everyday life by inviting the spectator to experience the work as a trigger of thought and the structures and system we inhabit. 
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Programa de Residencias AC/E-Gasworks 2016
Convocatoria, 13.01.2016 - 08.02.2016

This opportunity will enable an artist based in the Spain to undertake a fully-funded residency at Gasworks in London from 11 April to 27 June 2016 (11 weeks).  Application Deadline is 8 february 2016. Gasworks’ residencies are opportunities for self-led professional development, artistic exchange and experimentation. The Residency Comprises: - 24-hour access to a fully accessible studio at Gasworks, alongside other visiting artists and Gasworks’ permanent studio holders. 

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Miguel de Cervantes or the Wish to Live
Madrid, 16.12.2015 - 01.05.2016

The exhibition (Cervantes, a contemporary spirit), organised by AC/E and the Instituto Cervantes, shows the photographs produced by José Manuel Navia in connection with the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes in 2016. For this project, Navia followed in Cervantes’ footsteps, visually capturing the places and paths trodden by the great author throughout his life – a troubled and uncertain life that is also revealed to us in a veiled manner in his works.  

Interview to Jose Manuel Navia about the exhibition

Miguel de Cervantes or the wish to live
In this interview, Navia traces the life of Cervantes and tells the happy adventure that has been for him this exhibition project. Through 66 photographs on display, Navia has used in a subjective and evocative way, the main places linked to the life journey of Miguel Cervantes. His photographs of Cervantes territory are both both literary and real. The photographs are accompanied by detailed texts and literary quotations that refer both to the life of the author and their works.

A Super 8 Odyssey. David Domingo
Los Angeles, 04.02.2016 - 22.02.2016

Spanish filmmaker David Domingo, who specialises in shooting on analogue super 8 mm and 16 mm film, is touring five US film forums to present his work: Los Angeles Filmforum; San Francisco Cinematheque; Cinema Project, Portland, Oregon; North West Film Forum, Seattle; and Anthology Film Archive, New York. The programme, entitled A Super 8 Odissey, begins with his acclaimed first short, Super 8, made in 1996. 

Frinje Festival and Théâtre París-Villette 2016
Paris, 01.02.2016 - 13.02.2016

This project consists of a workshop and residency in Paris and Madrid based on collaboration between the Frinje festival and the Théâtre Paris-Villette in France and involving Spanish and French authors. For this second part of the project, Spanish artists José Manuel Mora and Carlota Ferrer have been invited to give a ten-day workshop with six French pupils at this residency.

Festival Temporada Alta en Timbre4 2016
Buenos Aires, 28.01.2016 - 07.02.2016

For ten days the festival showcases the best of Catalan theatre and includes a host of side events for all audiences. The 4th edition of the festival in 2016 features seven plays from five Ibero-American countries: Spain, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Mexico. The works by Spaniards are: El vacío de l'otro by the Compañía Baró d'evel Cirk; Franz Kafka’s Informe para una Academia (Report to an Academy) and Bernard-Marie Koltès’s La Noche antes de los Bosques (The Night Just Before the Forests) performed by Compañía Arsènic Creació. 

Centenary of Cervantes's Death

In 2016 it will be 400 years since the death of Miguel de Cervantes. For this purpose, Acción Cultural Española has put together a programme of commemorative activities that will be held throughout the year.  AC/E is part of the national committee for the celebration of the centenary, which brings together representatives of the state and institutions with a particular connection with the life and work of Miguel de Cervantes to devise the projects included in the programme of activities and ensure that the expenses tie in with the objectives and plans of the commemorative.


The residency programmes are designed to provide participants with the time, space and means to work in optimal conditions. They include production support and expert assistance to encourage the transition to professional practice. The programmes are aimed at helping the participants achieve the highest possible level of professionalism. AC/E supports international artists’ residencies to promote the internationalization of Spanish creators. 

AC/E Asia-Pacific Action Plan 2015–2016

WIth this plan, AC/E wants to promote knowledge of Spain’s current cultural scene in the main countries of this extensive region, following a line of enhanced action aimed at promoting our creators. Asia-Pacific is a region with an increasingly global reach and influence and an important demographic dimension, which has witnessed significant economic growth over the past decades and a central role in international dynamics in areas such as the economy, politics, diplomacy and, unquestionably, culture and the creative industries.

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Miguel EN Cervantes. El retablo de las maravillas
Alcalá de Henares, 15.10.2015 - 21.02.2016

Miguel En Cevantes is a project designed and based around El Retablo de las Maravillas, one of the eight entremeses (interludes) written by Miguel de Cervantes and published in Ocho comedias y ocho entremeses (1615), which were never performed. To mark the fourth centenary of their publication in 2015, AC/E is organising an exhibition at the Museo Casa Natal de Cervantes (Alcalá de Henares) and bringing out a comic by renowned illustrators David Rubín and Miguelantxo Prado.

2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture
Shenzhen, 04.12.2015 - 28.02.2016

3D Collage City, curated by Aaron Betsky, presents a new perspective of city uncovering the remains, images and forms that are usually buried in the buildings and streets. A collage showing site-specific reality of the Pearl River Delta. The Spanish study Langarita- Navarro (Mary Langarita and Victor Navarro) participates with the support of AC / E Program for the Internationalization of Spanish culture.

The Educator of a Modern Spain. Francisco Giner de los Ríos and the Institución Libre de Enseñanza
Madrid, 11.12.2015 - 10.04.2016

Francisco Giner de los Ríos is "the first modern Spaniard” in the words of the English Hispanist  John Brande Trend. Hailed as the educator par excellence of contemporary Spain, his intellectual leadership had a decisive influence on shaping the project for modernising the country. Through original documents such as photographs, letters, books, journals and paintings, among other art objects, the exhibition brings together the many expressions of his  thinking.

Teresa de Jesús. The Proof of my Truth
Burgos, 15.01.2016 - 21.02.2016

March 2015 marked the 5th centenary of the birth of Saint Teresa of Ávila. To celebrate this event, Acción Cultural Española organised a biographical exhibition on the saint. Based on the account of Teresa’s life through her written work, which determined the exhibition layout, AC/E has designed a travelling version of the project using graphic, interactive, audio-visual resources and facsimile versions of her most important publications. It reflects Teresa’s significance as a founder and writer.

The Spanish Portrait in the Museo del Prado
Montauban, 04.12.2015 - 03.04.2016

The exhibition surveys portraiture in Spain through eleven brilliant examples from the collection of the Museo del Prado which are on view at the Musée Ingres in Montauban.  The show introduces visitors to this genre – one of the best represented in the museum’s collection – which followed an absolutely unique tradition  unrelated to that of France, though in the nineteenth century it approached the oeuvre of Ingres, especially through Federico de Madrazo, the most ‘Ingresque’ of the Spanish painters, two of whose works are on show. 

Women of the Avant-Garde. The Residencia de Señoritas on its Centenary (1915-1936)
Madrid, 01.12.2015 - 27.03.2016

In 2015 it will be a century since the establishment of the women’s counterpart of the Residencia de Estudiantes, the Residencia de Señoritas. To celebrate this anniversary, the Residencia is preparing an exhibition about a group of women who were pioneers in the exercise of science, education and the arts – fields in which some were leading figures in Spain of the first third of the twentieth century. 

The Last Voyage of the Frigate Mercedes. A Cultural Treasure recovered
Seville, 26.11.2015 - 26.05.2016

Two hundred and three years after the shipwreck of the frigate of Las Mercedes,  the ‘treasure hunting’ firm Odyssey Marine Exploration located and plundered part of this frigate’s cargo, illegally.  This exhibition aims to make these assets known and available to society as part of a heritage that belongs to it...

Art and nature in Prehistory. The collection of tracings of cave art of the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales
Madrid, 19.11.2015 - 19.05.2016

The exhibition brings together a careful selection of the collection of cave art now in the Archives of the Museo Nacionalde Ciencias Naturales (AMNCN), an extensive and magnificent group of tracings and illustrations. The collection consists of depictions of Palaeolithic paintings as well as of art from Spain’s eastern coastal region and even Iberian and medieval art from practically the whole of Spain. 

Del trazo al Pixel. Antología de 60 piezas históricas de animación (trailer)

 “Del trazo al píxel” es una antología de 60 piezas históricas olvidadas y trabajos recientes en el centenario del nacimiento del cine animado en España. Algunas de las piezas más sorprendentes de este ciclo son: Garbancito de la Mancha (Arturo Moreno, 1945), primer largometraje de dibujos animados en color de Europa; anuncios en blanco y negro de los años 30 de dibujantes catalanes como Serra i Massana y Ferran o los spots de los Estudios Moro y Estela. 

'El Retablo de Maese Pedro' from the Teatro Real

Representation at the Royal Theatre in Madrid (January 2016) of this musical and scenic version of a memorable episode of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes with a libretto from Manuel de Falla (1876-1946), to celebrate the fourth centenary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes produced by the Royal Theatre with the support of AC/E.

Visita virtual
A tour of the exhibition 'Miguel EN Cervantes'

The curators and illustrators of the exhibition bring us closer the storylife of Cervantes in an entertaining and didactic way. The illustrations of Miguelantxo Prado and David Rubin have an aesthetic that accentuates the fictitious aspects but with respect for the historical component.

Virtual Tour
Visita virtual 'Nada temas, dice ella'

La visita virtual recorre las obras de la exposición en las salas del Museo Nacional de Escultura de Valladolid. Un circuito de afinidades conceptuales, contrastes formales y asociaciones transtemporales que ilustran como la espiritualidad, la religiosidad y lo sagrado siguen siendo sustento de la creación artística contemporánea. Un itinerario físico, emotivo y conceptual por las obras de veintiún artistas contemporáneos de reconocido prestigio, seleccionados por su conexión temática, conceptual o existencial con la figura y el legado de Teresa de Jesús.

Miguel de Cervantes or the Wish to Live (eBook)
The Future Belongs to No One Yet. Eugenio Ampudia (eBook)
El retrato español en el Museo del Prado (ebook)
Fear Nothing, She Says (eBook)