The beauty of Monastery of Uclés, popularly known as “El Escorial de la Mancha”, since his church was designed by the Cuenca architect Francisco de Mora -disciple of Juan de Herrera-, will be enhanced during the next two years.
At the initiative of the Fernando Núñez Foundation, which was born this summer with the aim of highlighting the vast historical and cultural heritage of the town and the Uclés Monastery (Cuenca), the building will become a cultural laboratory in which they will take place exhibitions, shows, conferences and gastronomic events.
This initiative, which has been baptized MDU RE_BIRTH, will allow visitors to discover the design, production and implementation processes that are behind the works, which in turn they will transform spaces such as the cloister, the great room, the church, the sacristy, the access to the crypt, the archive or the priory rooms.
The modification will be carried out through the use of interconnected bars, audiovisual facilities and careful lighting that will prompt the public to make their own artistic performances.
MDU RE_BIRTH is one of the first projects of Fernando Núñez Foundation, who, after intervening in the so-called “Escorial de la Mancha”, intends to develop other cultural proposals in other contexts.
To give life to MDU RE_NACIMIENTO, the creative institution has found its inspiration in history, specifically in the artistic periods of the Renaissance and Baroque: “The means we are using are the same as those already used in the century XVI, except that adapted to the XXI century “, he comments David Pérez, director of the Fernando Núñez Foundation.
In this way, the candles have been replaced by the light from the projectors, the instruments and the voices of the choir by digitally produced sounds, and the inscriptions that the Renaissance carved on the stone walls by virtual images.
In addition, the concepts that are part of this sensory experience will be expanded by the monastery digital platform. “It will be a complementary visit, which will allow the visitor to experience the experience what do we propose In its whole”, assures David Pérez.
The first exhibition, Frame and Light in constant change, presents to the audience a new perspective on architecture and the history of enclave -former headquarters of the Order of Santiago- through a spectacular immersive experience: windows and balconies of the monastery will become light and air inlets while on the way to voice and music output, being configured as places to observe and be observed.
On the other hand, since last August 14, the exhibition # PHEDesdemibalcóndel Festival PHotoEspaña and the sample Knights at Sea they also decorate with photographs of the confinement and historical images of the knights of the Order of Santiago (respectively) the rooms of the building.
Regarding the musical proposals, 2021 will be marked by two events: the premiere of Light in the darkness, a multimedia experience based on the work The Holy Week by Tomás Luis de Victoria (will take place on April 3) and Zaida, a show dedicated to the princess of Andalusian origin -wife of the king Alfonso VI– which will start in summer.
Finally, we can also anticipate that the Fernando Núñez Foundation will launch in the coming months a study of the Collection of Scores of Uclés –which date from the 16th century–, composed of pieces of recognized Renaissance composers.
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