The event was attended by the mayor of Seville, Juan Espadas; the delegate of Urban Habitat, Culture and Tourism, Antonio Muñoz; the delegate of Heritage, Carmen Fuentes, the general director of the theater, Javier Menéndez, and Enrique Barón, details the Town Hall in a press release.
During his speech, the mayor thanked Barón and his son for handing over the painting to the city. “The Teatro de la Maestranza celebrates 30 years consolidated as a national and international cultural reference, a first-class cultural facility that continues to grow in this stage under the direction of Javier Menéndez,” said Espadas, who recalled that on May 2 In 1991 – a date that coincides with Europe Day – this theater was inaugurated by Queen Sofía, and since then “it has continued to grow, modernize and place itself at the forefront of cultural activity.”
“What better birthday present for the theater than the one that Enrique Barón has made with this donation. He has given the city a painting of Sofía Gandarias, his late wife, which will now remain forever on the walls of the Maestranza Theater. In the name of the city, thank you for this detail that will make Sofía Gandarias more linked to the city, “the mayor stressed.
The painting, ‘The silent music of bullfighting’, is part of the ‘Bullfighting and ballet’ collection. Barón stressed that his wife “was Basque, but she was in love with Seville, which was the city of Spain and surely the world that treated her best.” “Sofía said that she was a painter thanks to music and this painting and this series are indirectly linked to Seville; she had a great passion for dance and one of the dimensions and mythological, historical and cultural aspects of the festival is also that it is a form of ballet, a theme that he worked on from a book by José Bergamín ‘The silent music of bullfighting’ “, explained the artist’s widower.
Menéndez stressed that it is “a day of special pride for the theater because we are one of the few who can show off the work of Sofía Gandarias, among them are La Fenice in Venice, the Opera Garnier in Paris, the Royal Theater and the Arena Foundation in Verona “.