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Lucía González and Sofía López, students of the MCS, commissioned the renovation of the Espacio Ortiz Echagüe.

FotoMUN/CuratorsLucía González and Sofía López, at the Espacio Ortiz Echagüe at MUN

18 | 01 | 2022

Since January 18, you can visit the Ortiz Echagüe Space renewed, work curated by Lucía González and Sofía López, graduates of the Museum's third graduating class who are currently pursuing a curatorial Master's Degree at programs of study de Comisariado of the Museum who are currently doing a scholarship in the curatorial area . The new exhibition proposal sample 21 pieces by the artist, belonging to the Museum's Collection, which had not been shown before. Among them, Basque Rowers, Mallorquina, Mora del Rif and Velero.

"Each year the public has the opportunity to see more works from Ortiz Echagüe's vast collection. I believe that, although the space is small, the annual renewal of his works allows us to delve into the different series that the artist made throughout his life," explains Lopez. In this sense, Gonzalez points out that the artist "worked for years on different series, such as North Africa, Types and Costumes of Spain, Castles and Alcazars and Mystical Spain. His meticulous work must be well represented so that visitors can take away with them a fairly complete vision. This is one of the main objectives of this space and it is important to take it into consideration when selecting the images. On the other hand, formal issues of the images come into play and must be taken into account so that there is a harmonious and attractive visual story".

The curator explains that the work of renovating the space has made result "a very interesting experience, as it involves researching not only the life and work of an author, but also carrying out an exhaustive visual and formal investigation around a body of images. At the same time, we have been able to carry out all the necessary steps for an exhibition of works: from the selection of images and their respective justification, to the final assembly with all the details involved". 

For her part, her partner says that "the challenge was to be able to offer a broad view of the artist while at the same time ensuring that the images were in harmony with each other, that is to say, that there was a dialogue between them, whether on a formal or thematic level. Then we were also in charge of framing the pieces and we were present at the installation, verifying that everything we had projected would be translated into reality. It was a very gratifying and enriching experience that allowed us to know and manage 100%, from the theory and the internship, the projection and assembly of a exhibition within an institutional space, allowing us certain liberties by adapting to certain rules or modes of work".

The training received during the Master's Degree in programs of study of Curatorial result has been of great help to them financial aid when facing this task. López explains that "much of the knowledge we received at subject at Museo LAB was more than useful to us when working and making decisions. At subject we learned how the department Collection and Exhibitions works, where we now perform our tasks".

Likewise, González points out that her experience in the curatorial area "is very enriching, since we have the opportunity to get involved in all relevant aspects within department. We perform tasks such as digitizing photographs and cataloguing at database, coordinating the assembly and disassembly of exhibitions, reception and loan of works from the collection... This diversity promotes a multifacetedprofile and helps us financial aid to develop decision-making skills in unexpected situations, as well as to adapt and effectively resolve different issues that may arise in real time".