The director of the Institut Ramon Llull, Manuel Forcano, the managing director of IEMed-Institut Europeu de la Mediterrània, Josep Ferré, the curator of Llull Year in Catalonia, Joan Santanach, and the curator of Llull Year in the Balearic Islands, Maribel Ripoll, have this morning presented the international programme for Llull Year, being held this year to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the death of the Majorcan thinker and writer, the most universal author in Catalan culture.
The Institut Ramon Llull is in charge of the international programme for Llull Year. This programme includes a travelling exhibition visiting different European universities and more than 50 activities, including concerts, poetry readings and academic and literary events all over Europe, America and North Africa.
Travelling exhibition The ineffable truth: El Llibre d’Amic e d’Amat by Ramon Llull
In order to bring the life and work of this exceptional thinker closer to the general public and to publicize one of Catalan culture’s most important contributions to universal culture, the Institut Ramon Llull has produced a travelling exhibition that can be visited at different universities in France, Great Britain and Germany. Entitled The ineffable truth: El Llibre d’Amic e d’Amat by Ramon Llull, the exhibition takes as its starting point the verses from the Llibre d’Amic e d’Amat to take an in-depth look at the life of Ramon Llull, his historical context and his thinking.
Curated by Joan Santanach, it is designed to be a space for reflection shaped by four large sculptural elements: four large-size letter Ls attract the visitor’s attention. The shape of the letters allows the spectator to sit and interact with the screen incorporated in the letters. These interactive screens allow for an intimate approach to the content that encourages multiple levels of reading and depth. The exhibition content is presented in English, French or German, depending on the language of the venue hosting the exhibition.
The Institut Ramon Llull has produced the exhibition so that it can travel to different universities in France, Great Britain and Germany, the European countries that have the highest concentration of universities teaching and researching Catalan language, culture and literature. From September to December 2016, the exhibition can be seen at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Bamberg, Université Paul Valéry, Aix-Marseille Université, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the University of Leeds, the University of Birmingham and Queen Mary University of London. Moreover, the exhibition will be accompanied by symposia, lectures and other cultural activities to allow people to study in depth different aspects of Llull’s work and legacy.
Programme of academic and literary activities
The Llull symposia will be held in both universities and cultural centres abroad, with a format that includes lectures, round tables, the reading of texts, poetry recitals, and the showing of documentaries, in some cases also accompanied by the exhibition The ineffable truth. Thirty events as well as 25 cities will disseminate the figure’s work in the academic field, with the participation of specialists and translators of Llull’s work such as Roger Friedlein, Joan Santanach, Lola Badia, Dominique de Courcelles, Alexander Fidora, Fernando Domínguez Reboiras, Viola Tenge-Wolf, Amador Vega, John Dagenais and Francesc Tous, among others.
Two university-based activities were held earlier in April: a cultural journey to Palma by students from Great Britain to take part in the activity Following in the Footsteps of Ramon Llull, and the Wiki-marathon Who’s Afraid of Ramon Llull?, organized by the Institut Ramon Llull in collaboration with the association Amical Wikipedia, which was held in different universities in Germany, the USA, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Chile.
Llullian symposium at the Arab World Institute in Paris (IMA)
The Institut Ramon Llull is collaborating with IEMed-Institut Europeu de la Mediterrània and the Arab World Institute in Paris to organize a study symposium on Ramon Llull’s connections with the Arab world, to be held on 21st October 2016. The symposium will disseminate knowledge of this exceptional thinker, remarking on the topicality of some of his ideas, and it has programmed the participation of writers and academic specialists in debates and round tables about Llull and his relationship with Arab culture. This will end with the concert Alenar Llull, by Maria del Mar Bonet. The singer from Majorca will offer a special repertoire for the occasion that will be completed with songs from the discs that she released at the start of her career.
Poetry reading ‘El verger de l’Amat’
Actress Montse Germán and Majorcan guitarist Ferran Pisà join forces to pay tribute to Ramon Llull in the recital El verger de l’Amat, in which they manage to make Ramon Llull familiar and understandable through poetry and music. Based on the Llibre d’Amic e d’Amat, the recital will visit the University of Granada, the University of Bochum, Aix-Marseille University, the University of Cork, the University of Santiago de Compostela and the University of Naples.
Other international events in Llull Year
Llull Year also goes to Africa thanks to the collaboration of the Institut Europeu de la Mediterrània (IEMed). On one hand, on 10th October the Théâtre Regional in the city of Bugia (Algeria) will be the venue for a concert by Lídia Pujol that will revisit the musical world of Ramon Llull’s lifetime. On the other, on 18th October Tunis (Tunisia) will also enjoy a musical evening related to the Majorcan philosopher featuring the music of Manel Camp.
Jordi Savall will also give a concert evoking the life of Ramon Llull through a selection of the religious and profane music most representative of his day. Accompanied by soloists from La Capella Reial de Catalunya, instrumentalists from the group Hespèrion XXI and musicians from around the Mediterranean, Jordi Savall will be at Fontfroide Abbey church on 17th July, in a concert that is part of the 11th Festival Musique et Histoire pour un dialogue Interculturel.
Furthermore, the Bishopric of Mallorca has organized the exhibition Ramon Llull: 700 Years of his Mission, which will have two venues: Rome and Majorca. The show is a synthesis of Llull’s music and philosophy, a look at the main aspects of Llull’s personality, focusing especially on the three sides to his missionary work, that is, through the religious missions, art and his work. It can be seen at the Palazzo della Cancelleria in Rome from 5th October to 20th November, and later in the Capella de la Misericòrdia in Palma.
The Llull Year international programme includes a travelling exhibition and over 50 activities, including concerts, poetry readings and academic and literary events all over Europe, America and North Africa
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