The exhibition Quixote ilustráu / Quijote illustrated has continued its way in recent months:
From August 25 to September 30 it has remained in the Exhibition Hall of the Palace of Valdecarzana, fourteenth century Gothic building and home of the Municipal Historical Archive. The exhibition has been the backbone of the 1st Cervantine Days in Aviles, including three days of illustration workshop (from 14 to 16 September) and lectures on the work of Cervantes and its translation into Asturian language. On the occasion of this exhibition, the Avilés City Council has published a catalog whose digital version is fully accessible through this link.
From 3 to October 17 the exhibition has been in the cloister of the Palace of Miranda-Valdecarzana, Casa de Cultura de Grado (15th-18th centuries), coinciding with the events of the cultural week organized by the Association of Friends of Grado and the ceremony of the Moscones de Oro awards.
Finally, the emblematic Laudeo Exhibition Room in the Historical Building of the University of Oviedo hosts the exhibition from October 21st until next Saturday, November 5th (visiting hours: from Monday to Friday, 11 to 14 and 17 to 20:30 h, and Saturday from 10 to 13:30 h).
About the exhibition itself:
Quixote ilustráu is not only an exhibition of illustrations. It is also documentation and analysis of the creative process of each image created for a publishing milestone in Asturias: the publication (Ed Laria, 2015) of the first complete translation in Asturian language of a cornerstone of world literature, L’ inxeniosu fidalgu Don Quixote de La Mancha.
Quixote ilustráu is a journey through atmospheres, situations and characters recreated by Juan Hernaz to accompany the first complete edition in Asturian language of the novel, published by Editorial Laria in 2015. A visual and textual journey from the process of creative work carried Hernaz out by interpreting in pictures the words written (and not written) by Cervantes. The exhibition includes big HQ digital prints of the two series of illustrations developed, specially printed only for exhibition.
The exhibition is completed with almost twenty panels, deepening the educational dimension through the analysis of the conceptual and technical characteristics of each image as well as originals and reproductions of sketches, notebooks and text excerpts annotated by the author. An exhibition focused in the work proccess, undressing the work of an illustrator by placing the emphasis on work dynamics rather than the final result.
A tour of the process at all stages, from the documentation and the first readings to the original illustrations in graphite, through all the preparatory sketches that is, according to Juan Hernaz, “the most interesting part of the job, all the intimate and hidden that rarely transcends: where all trips nest, and small successes too… all the essence of the final work and where we can find the devices that give its own character to each image, everything that allows us to learn, progress, overcome.”