The Spanish Institute, officially and precisely the Instituto Cervantes, was inaugurated in Prague in September 2005 in the presence of the then Spanish Prince and Princess, i.e. the current Spanish King Philip VI. and Queen Letizia (see www.wikiwand.com/cs/Filip_VI._Španělský and https://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letizia_%C5%A0pan%C4%9Blsk%C3%A1 for more information about them). It is located at Na Rybníčku 536/6, Prague 2, while the entrance is from Štěpánská street through a short perpendicular alley to the right of the entrance to the church of St. Stephen.
In general, the Instituto Cervantes was established by the Spanish State in 1991 with the aim of spreading, teaching and promoting the culture of Spain and Spanish-speaking countries in the world. It has two offices in Spain, the main office is in Madrid, and the other is in Alcalá de Henares. The institute is named after Miguel de Cervantes, an early modern Spanish writer whose most famous work is the novel Don Quixote de la Mancha.
Part of the Prague Instituto Cervantes is an exhibition hall in which various exhibitions are occasionally held. Currently, from November 4, 2023 until March 20, 2024 (with the exception of December 21, 2023 until January 1, 2024, when the institute is closed) it is an exhibition of avant-garde female work of contemporary illustration ILUSTRADOS. The exhibition is open from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and admission is free. Twelve leading foreign female artists (mainly Spanish, but also one Chilean) are setting trends in the field of illustration through their exhibited works of various formats created with various techniques (screen printing, collage, ceramics, risography, digital drawing and sculptures). Because the future of illustration is also female. Just to clarify: risography is a high-speed digital printing process on a flat, continuous surface created mainly for creating large prints and photocopies.
A small sample of the exhibited works is in the seven pictures below the article. The last two pictures with birds have their own story: the exhibiting artist’s mother was fighting an insidious disease and she helped in that situation by painting beautiful pictures, mainly birds, on the inside of the unfolded medicine boxes that her mother took. She painted around two hundred of them .
I recommend everyone not to miss this experience in a lesser-known exhibition hall.
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