A symposium to accompany the National Gallery’s major exhibition “Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light” (18 March–7th July 2019) will take place on at the Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, on 1 July 2019. The programme will include guest speakers such as Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery, Richard Ormond, former Deputy Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Blanca Pons-Sorolla, co-curator of the exhibition and Sorolla’s great grand-daughter, amongst others. The symposium will be followed by a musical soirée and the projection of the award-winning “Sorolla: Viajes de la luz” documentary at St Cross College and Pusey Chapel, Oxford.
The exhibition Pedro Masaveu: Pasión por Sorolla, at the Fundación María Cristina Masaveu Peterson of the Centro Niemeyer, Avilés (28 July 2018–6 January 2019), commemorates the 25th anniversary of the death of Pedro Masaveu Peterson (1938–1993). This patron of the arts demonstrated a particular passion for the painter Joaquín Sorolla (1863–1923), one of the most innovative and prolific figures of modern Spanish art. Complemented by works from the Masaveu Collection at the Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias, Pedro Masaveu’s outstanding collection of works by Sorolla will be on display for the first time in this exhibition.