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Azaña: intellectual and statesman

Portrait de Manuel Azaña (Athénée de Madrid) Pulse para ampliar Manuel Azaña (Athenaeum of Madrid)

The exhibition Azaña: intellectual and statesman. 80 years after his death in exile, it begins to be exhibited on October 21, 2022 and will be open until December 18.

Salto de línea The exhibition that arrives at the Archive of the Crown of Aragon is an adaptation of those made at the National Library (December 17, 2020 to April 4, 2021) and the City Council of Alcalá de Henares (May 1 to September 6, 2022) and is organized by the National Library, the Secretary of State for Democratic Memory, Spanish Cultural Action and the Ministry of Culture and Sports.

Salto de línea The exhibition presents a complete image of Manuel Azaña, in his triple dimension: human, intellectual and political, highlighting, in addition to his work as minister, head of government and president of the Republic, his status as a prestigious intellectual.

Salto de línea Azaña: intellectual and statesman delves into three crucial stages in the history of Spain: the Second Republic, the Civil War and exile. Some two hundred pieces from different Spanish and foreign institutions and private collections are exhibited in the exhibition. For this exhibition, very little-known photographs and videos have been rescued, which allow us to approach not only the figure and work of Azaña, but also the memory of his time.

Salto de línea The young Manuel Azaña became involved in life in Alcalá by founding magazines and newspapers, from there he made the leap to the Ateneo de Madrid, of which he was Secretary and President, and from which he did a great job in defense of the Allied cause during the Great War. He collaborated in different newspapers, directed the magazine España and founded the literary magazine La Pluma. He received the National Prize for Literature in 1926 for a work on Juan Valera and was a notable translator from English and French.

Salto de línea In its political dimension, Azaña is one of the main promoters of the arrival of the Republic in April 1931. The great debates of the period have his outstanding, and sometimes controversial, intervention: the Statute of Catalonia, the Agrarian Reform, the question religion or the feminine vote. Not in vain, the Republic was identified with Azaña and Azaña with the Republic.

Place: Palace of the Viceroys (Archive of the Crown of Aragon), 2 Comtes street.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Free entry.