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The University of Navarra Museum presents itself to society

The Navarrese architect Rafael Moneo presented the building of the University of Navarra Museum, which he designed and which is currently in its last phase of construction.

10/12/13 15:01 Elisa Montserrat

Rafael Moneo presented before more than 500 Navarrese people the University of Navarra Museum, his "most abstract building", as he himself has defined and a tribute to the art collection of Maria Josefa Huarte, donated to the University of Navarra and that has been the origin for the construction of the art center. Although Maria Josefa Huarte could not attend the presentation, was very present in the words of all those who spoke at the event who thanked him for his work of patronage. 

During the event, which had as masters of ceremony Sofia and Chema, students of the university center, the President of the University of Navarra, Alfonso Sánchez-Tabernero, stressed that "the Museum is the story of generosity of many people" and he thanked especially the Huarte and Ortiz-Echagüe families for their legacies, pillars of the Museum's art collection. For his part, the Museum's director , Miguel López-Remiro,  presented the Center's Art Collection and explained the university nature of project and its experimental basisIt will be more like CIMA than a standard museum," he said. He also told all the attendees how the project is being woven and with which artists and made special emphasis on emphasizing that all exhibitions and activities that the museum will program will be aimed at all citizens, not just the university community.

 The Mayor of Pamplona, Enrique Maya, and the President of the Government, Yolanda Barcina, also participated in the presentation. Both agreed that the Museum will be a"piece core topic " for Navarra and will strengthen the relationship between the University and the citizens. At the end of the ceremony, Rafael Moneo and the director of the art center presented them with drawings of the Museum, made by Moneo, as a symbolic submission of the Museum to all Navarrese people. 

Javier Vidal and Rafael Moneo during the presentation at Baluarte


It was also reported on the economic status of project, with a team that has been working for years to attract capital to finance the start-up of project. Currently, 47% of the initial investment required has been raised through committed funds from 19 partners, from 9 different countries, on 4 continents. Precisely in order to bring together these people and corporations around the world that financially support the Museum, the board of trustees of Promoters and appointed its president, Ángel Gómez Montoro.

In the Baluarte Chamber conference room there were representatives from all areas of Navarrese society: institutions, the business community, the educational community, artists and architects, gallery owners, etc. partnership The event was organized by students from high school El Molino and university students from the center. This presentation in society has been the first of a series of events that will be held until its official opening (January 2015) with the goal to explain the project to all the Navarrese public.

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