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Video of the exhibition Gabarron, humanist of colors, that hosts in its facilities the Patio Herreriano Spanish Contemporary Art Museum, along with the sculptural group 'Enlightened Universe' that is located in the Plaza San Pablo in Valladolid, as part of the events commemorating the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, until January 10, 2021.
“The right to culture is a human right. The arts are also a unique and powerful means to bring about a human rights culture.”
photo gallery credits: Juan G Rosell
Valladolid, Spain, October 24, 2020. – Today, October 24th, the Mayor of Valladolid, Oscar Puente and the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization - UNWTO, Zurab Pololikashvili; the Director General of the United Nations, International Organizations and Human Rights of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Marcos Gómez; and the Indian Ambassador to Spain, Hon. Sanjay Verma among other authorities, opened the installation of the work Enlightened Universe in Plaza San Pablo of Valladolid and the exhibition Cristobal Gabarron, humanist of colors, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the creation of the United Nations Organization. The commemorative event took place in the Chapel of San Gregorio School, currently the National Museum of Sculpture, located a few meters from Plaza San Pablo. The act began with the interpretation by the cellist Eva Helena García Hidalgo of the Song of the Birds, of Pau Casals. You can watch the act in the link https://bit.ly/3jrKN7I .
At the same time, the Patio Herreriano Museum of Spanish Contemporary Art opened the exhibition Cristobal Gabarron, a humanist of color, curated by Prof. PhD. Miguel Ángel Zalama, an exhibition that completes and connects directly with the city of Valladold and its history that, precisely, the Chapel of San Gregorio, between 1550-1551 hosted the so-called Valladolid Controversy, an arduous debate among jurists, philosophers and theologians on the law of the American Indians, and consequently, the first precedents in the defense of Human Rights on an intercontinental scale.
Valladolid is also participating in a program to illuminate historic buildings throughout Europe to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, by lighting the City Hall building in the Plaza Mayor and the Millennium Dome. https://unric.org/en/un75-europe-turns-un-blue/
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The exhibition, open until January 10, 2021, is organized by the City of Valladolid and Fundación Frontera del Conocimiento, with the collaboration of the Patio Herreriano Museum of Spanish Contemporary Art, the United Nations Regional Information Center in Brussels, the Gabarron Foundation and the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of the Government of Spain. The visitors will be able to participate in the survey that the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, is promoting at a global level, reflecting on the role of the organization in the face of 2045, when the UN will be 100 years old. We can also be able to see that the dialogue has already begun with the first answers to the Secretary General from Spanish personalities from the world of culture, science, and sports.
Cristóbal Gabarrón created Enlightened Universe to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. The installation was unveiled in Central Park, New York, on October 24, 2015 by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Each year, Enlightened Universe, travels to a different city on the planet, to mark United Nations Day - October 24th - and Human Rights Day - December 10th. In 2016, at the Rotonde du Mont-Blanc, Geneva, Switzerland. In 2017, in Gershwin Plain, Amsterdam, Netherlands. In 2018, at Rond-Point Schuman, Brussels, Belgium. This year, in Valladolid, the sculpture group (created for the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations), is updated with 5 more sculptures to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. The installation is located in the iconic Plaza de San Pablo.
Convinced that a better world is possible, this "great humanist of color" as defined by Pierre Restany, embarked on various public art projects with which he not only wanted to beautify cities and improve the lives of their inhabitants, but also left his mark with monumental works in major sporting events, such as the Olympic Games, and with a singular interest in the United Nations.
The artist Cristóbal Gabarrón, (Mula, Murcia. 1945), lives and works mainly in Valladolid. Gabarrón's work is centered on his interest in humanism, the life of people in harmony with their natural environment, living together in peace, fostering sustainable development and promoting human rights. His collaboration with the United Nations began in 1986, when he created a work: Our Hope for Peace, to celebrate the UN International Year of Peace and was reproduced as a commemorative stamp worldwide. For Cristóbal Gabarrón, education through art has been an important part of his motivation throughout his more than 50 years of career and drives the new strategic programs of his foundations.
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