22 de septiembre de 2019
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Iberia, EFE open New York photo exhibition on Spanish influence in US

New York, Oct 16 (efe-epa).- Iberia Airlines CEO Luis Gallego and Agencia EFE President Fernando Garea on Tuesday in New York inaugurated a photo exhibition highlighting Spain's influence in the US.

New York, Oct 16 (efe-epa).- Iberia Airlines CEO Luis Gallego and Agencia EFE President Fernando Garea on Tuesday in New York inaugurated a photo exhibition highlighting Spain's influence in the US.

The exhibit titled "Spain in the USA: A great past, a brilliant present and a promising future" is on display at La Nacional, the Spanish Benevolent Society of New York, founded in 1868.

"The exposition that we have here today is a small tribute to some of the Spaniards who, with their talent and their drive, have left their mark on the US," said Gallego at the event, which also celebrates the debut of the carrier's new Airbus A350-900 on the Madrid-New York route.

The photos, from the archive of EFE, Spain's international news agency, reflect the strength acquired by Spanish culture in the US with outstanding figures such as Rafael Nadal, Placido Domingo, Sara Baras, Isabel Coixet and Picasso.

Meanwhile, Garea said that "Just from the list of Spaniards who have triumphed and are recognized in the US one get the idea of the strength of our country, united in admiration for our historical geniuses, from El Greco to Dali to Velazquez, Goya and Sorolla, among others."

The exposition, which will be open to the public until Oct. 31, contains photos of Spanish personalities from the areas of architecture, literature, film, gastronomy, sports and science, as well as dance, flamenco, opera, fashion and the visual arts.

Standing out among the photos is one of the oldest: the portrait of Federico Garcia Lorca, the author of the book "Poeta en Nueva York" (Poet in New York), written during his 1929-30 stay in the Big Apple to study at Columbia University.

Also on display are photos of actress Penelope Cruz at the unveiling of her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011 and of chef Jose Andres receiving the National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama in 2015.

The president of EFE emphasized the difficult period through which the Hispanic world is passing in the US "because there are those who are undertaking to close borders, ears and eyes," a clear reference to the policies adopted by the government of President Donald Trump.

"Nevertheless, the strength of Spanish, of our culture and of our customs serve to topple all walls, mental ones, those built and about to be built," he added.

Attending the inauguration of the exposition, among others, were Spanish novelist Maria Dueñas and sculptor Jorge Palacios, who currently is displaying some of his work at New York's Noguchi Museum.

Also in attendance were Spain's consul in New York, Rafael Conde de Saro, representatives of Spain's delegation to the United Nations and the Cervantes Institute of New York and officials with the most important Spanish companies operating in the US market, including Telefonica, Mas Consulting, Llorente y Cuenca, Garrigues and Banco Santander.

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