TONIGHT: ARTES/ Zurbarán Centre Seminar Series | Javier Ortiz Echagüe (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos), Charles Clifford in Madrid. Dreams of Modernity, 6pm GMT

We are pleased to announce that the sixth seminar of our autumn online Research Seminar Series will take place tonight, Wednesday, 24 November at 6.00 PM, UK time:   

In 1850, the Welsh photographer Charles Clifford settled in Madrid, where he lived until his death in 1863. During this period he developed an extensive work of documentation of historical monuments and cities all over Spain. His work in Madrid, however, is somewhat different. In the capital he does not document medieval or baroque monuments, but focuses on a city in transformation, in which large engineering projects and urban reforms play a fundamental role. In a period of political and economic instability, Clifford shows the attempt to turn Madrid into a modern capital, capable of taking on the great development it was to undergo in the last decades of the 19th century.

Javier Ortiz-Echagüe is a professor of art history at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid). He has curated several exhibitions, such as Val del Omar’s Desbordamiento (Museo Reina Sofía 2010), Ortiz Echagüe. North Africa (Museo Nacional de Catalunya, Barcelona 2014) and, recently, Charles Clifford in Madrid. Dreams of Modernity (Fundación Canal de Isabel II, Madrid 2021). He is the author of the essay Yuri Gagarin and the Count of Orgaz. Mística y estética de la era especial (Fundación Museo Jorge Oteiza, Pamplona 2014), and coordinator, together with Horacio Fernández, of the catalogue Photobooks. Spain 1905-1977 (Museo Reina Sofía, 2014).

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The seminar series has been jointly organised by the Zurbarán Centre and the ARTES Iberian and Latin American Visual Culture Group in association with the Embassy of Spain and the Instituto Cervantes.

The event is free and open to all. Please click here for the full programme and more information on the seminar series.

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