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Charles III: International and Scientific Projection in a Kingdom of Enlightment
Madrid, Dic 2016 - Mar 2017

To mark the 3rd centenary of the birth of Charles III (1716–1788), AC/E, in collaboration with the Museo Arqueológico Nacional, is organising this exhibition which sets out to analyse cultural, scientific and political aspects of his reign. The show brings together nearly 150 very important pieces from this period of history together with others that are less known or have never before displayed but are highly significant from an art-historical and scientific viewpoint.  #MANCarlosIII
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ARCOmadrid 2017. Madrid International Contemporary Art Fair
Madrid, 22.02.2017 - 26.02.2017

ARCOmadrid is one of the most consolidated contemporary art fairs on the international scene. Acción Cultural Española, AC/E collaborates in the professional meetings that are consolidated as a point of exchange for curators and art experts from all over the world. Reserved only for professionals and under invitation, these discussion platforms provide the opportunity to share reflections, exchange experiences and project new proposals. 

Antwerp, 17.02.2017 - 04.06.2017

Braakland is an open festival on photography organized by FOMU that prioritizes the dialogue between artists and the public. FOMU programs a range of activities alongside the work of talented photographers from Belgium and abroad. Within the framework of Braakland (An Open Festival for Photography), the FOMU hosts a participative exhibition project introducing the emerging Spanish photography scene.

Barbieri. Music, Fire and Diamonds
Madrid, 23.02.2017 - 28.05.2017

The exhibition surveys the life of this great composer as a reflection of the twentieth century. Five sections analyse his work as a lyrical composer and his major research into the history of music: The man; The struggle for a Spanish lyric theatre; The height of creativity; The activist, agent and ideologist; and Barbieri and the Biblioteca Nacional de España.

Talaiotic Architecture. The Prehistory of Menorca
Ibiza, 03.02.2017 - 03.05.2017

This travelling exhibition is designed to promote knowledge of the rich cultural heritage associated with Menorca’s prehistory. Featuring original pieces, photos and audiovisual material, it explores the archaeological landscapes of Menorca, from the monumentality of the Chalcolithic to the Bronze and Iron ages.
>See photographs

Granados, from Paris to Goya
Lérida, 19.01.2017 - 30.04.2017

The exhibition, curated by Joaquim Rabaseda, commemorates the 150th anniversary of the birth of the composer and pianist Enric Granados (Lleida, 1867 - Canal de la Mancha, 1916) through the musician's life and work, from the capital of France as a young scholar to the last compositions inspired by Goya. The focus of the exhibition reinforces the need to overcome a consolidated discourse that reduces Granados to a brilliant pianist and to the founder of a school of interpretation.

Charles III and the Dissemination of Antiquity
Madrid, 14.12.2016 - 16.03.2017

Virtual reality and 3D technology to enable the visitor's to  view simultaneously its three different venues in Naples, Mexico DF and Madrid. With the aid of the most advanced digital technology, it shows the highly significant role played by Charles III in disseminating the heritage of Herculaneum, Pompeii and Stabiae, as it was he who, as king of Naples, gave orders for the excavations at one of the most important historic sites ever discovered.  >See video of the VR

The Art of knowing how to see. Manuel Bartolomé Cossío, the Institución Libre de Enseñanza and El Greco
Madrid, 29.11.2016 - 23.04.2017

Manuel Bartolomé Cossío (1857–1935) was a Spanish Krausist educator and art historian. This exhibition is designed as a continuation of the one devoted to the centenary of the death of Francisco Giner de los Ríos, which ran from December 2015 to May 2016 and enjoyed great success with general public and critics alike. The layout explores other aspects of the ILE’s modernising project, providing further information on the areas examined and the main people involved. 

16 Characters to Marvel at and... Miguel de Cervantes
Santander, 30.01.2017 - 03.03.2017

This exhibition paints with words and literary creations a historical portrait of Cervantes, guided by the literary characters who populate and give life to his works. From Galatea to Persiles y Sigismunda.
 >See gallery of characters
>See video "Cervantes. Literature made Life" (in the exhibition)

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The face of literature. Writers and photographers from Romanticism to the Generation of ’14
Valladolid, 13.01.2017 - 26.02.2017

‘El rostro de las letras’ (The face of literature) makes an exhaustive survey of Spanish photographic portraits throughout a century and how they are reflected in the field of literature. Through more than 200 photographs, objects and documents, the exhibition’s argument sets out to reflect the evolution in Spanish photographic portraiture from the daguerreotype era to the end of the Civil War and the beginning of the Franco dictatorship.

Flamenco Festival London 2017
London, 15.02.2017 - 26.02.2017

Flamenco Festival London 2017 is presented from the 16th to the 26th of February at the Sadler's Wells Theater. This edition counts on the participation of Israel Galván, Eva Yerbabuena, Gala Flamenca and the emerging companies that have the support of AC/E's  Mobility Grants Compañía Manuel Liñán and Compañía Mercedes Ruiz. 

Women of the Avant-Garde. The Residencia de Señoritas on its Centenary (1915-1936)
Valladolid, 18.01.2017 - 12.03.2017

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 National Theater Company of Mexico: 'La hija del aire' by Calderón de la Barca
Mexico City, 01.02.2017 - 30.04.2017

The National Theater Company is an association of artists, workers, promoters and spectators of the performing arts, whose fundamental purpose is the creation and dissemination of a stable, dynamic and plural repertoire of theater. The company, made up of Mexican actors, stages an adaptation of José Gabriel López de Antuñano of the original Spanish playwright , and with the scenic direction by the also Spanish Ignacio García.

Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World
London, 24.11.2016 - 23.04.2017

'Fear and Love: Reactions to a complex world' is an exhibition of the new Design Museum in London. It consists of a series of eleven major new commissions by some of the most innovative practitioners in design and architecture. Each commission is intended to be a powerful statement about the potential of design today. The practitioners include the Spanish –with the support of AC/E– Andrés Jaque and Ana López.

Forms of Action
Glasgow, 27.01.2017 - 12.03.2017

This exhibition aims to present a broad and diverse series of approaches that deal with ‘how’ art can transform reality, rather than ‘what’ art can deliver to specific audiences. The exhibition explores how artists can expand the nature of the visual arts from being purely representational to becoming more participatory, where the work of art becomes not an object but an action that affects reality.

Don Quixotes around the world
Melilla, 19.12.2016 - 30.04.2017

Quijotes por el mundo (Don Quixotes around the world) shows the rich holdings of the Instituto Cervantes’s network of libraries and, at the same time, pays tribute to the hundreds of translators of Cervantes’s work who, over a period of 400 years, have made it possible to disseminate Cervantes and his texts worldwide. Don Quixote, as is often repeated, is the most widely translated work after the Bible.

Performance International Festival
Murcia, 22.02.2017 - 24.02.2017

With the aim of giving a firm boost to the performance in Spain, the Párraga Center organizes the Open Festival in Action with an international character and pioneer in Spain. It is articulated as a two-day event and has the participation of about ten renowned national performers. In order to promote the mobility of the artists involved, the festival has the assistance of well-known international prescribers in the multidisciplinary field of performance, with the support of the AC/E Promgramme of  internationalization.

Discover the Virtual Reality experience of the exhibition 'Charles III and the Dissemination of Antiquity'

This inmersion in virtual reality enables the exhibition to be viewed simultaneously from three different venues in Naples, Mexico DF and Madrid. With the aid of the most advanced digital technology, it shows the highly significant role played by Charles III in disseminating the heritage of Herculaneum, Pompeii and Stabiae, as it was he who, as king of Naples, gave orders for the excavations at one of the most important historic sites ever discovered.

Video about AC/E's Programme for the Internationalization of Spanish Culture

In this video, the protagonists  –artists and creators–  give the keys to understand the main role played by AC/E's Programme for the Internationalization of Spanish Culture to promote internationally the Spanish cultural sector.

CERVANTES. Literature as Life

Video produced for the exhibition "Introducing 16 marvellous characters and... Miguel de Cervantes". It traces the life and literary career of  the great Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes (1547–1616): the origins of our ingenious author, his great feats , the exchange of his sword for a pen, the birth of the gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha adn where our author’s adventures end.

Virtual Tour
Visit 360 of the exhibition about Charles III in the MAN

This virtual tour goes through the halls of the National Archaeological Museum of Spain to present through more than a hundred works, some of the main aspects of the life and legacy of Charles III, a substantial king to the history of Spain, and the time he lived.

Carlos III. Proyección cultural y científica de un reino ilustrado (ebook)
El Capitán Trueno. Tras los pasos del héroe (eBook)
El último viaje de la Fragata Mercedes (eBook)
Gaudí. La búsqueda de la forma (eBook)