Llull Year programmes nearly 300 activities to recover and disseminate the work of the Balearic philosopher
The Minister for Culture, Santi Vila, and the curator of Llull Year, Joan Santanach, today presented the activities of Llull Year, which is being celebrated this year to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the death of the writer and thinker. Llull Year has programmed nearly 300 activities, including exhibitions, readings, conferences, round tables, concerts, editorial, academic and educational projects, plays, dance, activities in schools and press conferences. Of the total activities programmed, 160 will be held in Catalonia, 40 in the Balearic Islands, 10 in Spain, and 72 in other countries.
To mark the commemoration the Llull Year website (www.anyllull.cat) has been set up, offering all the information related to the programme, general facts about the man and his work, links in order to study the subject in greater depth, and all the information about events and publications.
In the programme of activities for Llull Year, which will run until November 2016, includes the installation and exhibition Vidre de meravelles (Glass of Wonders) which the artist Miquel Barceló will make in Paris in March; the exhibition La màquina de pensar, Ramon Llull i l’ars combinatòria (The Thinking Machine: Ramon Llull and the Combined Arts) at the CCCB; the reading of texts by Llull on Saint George’s Day in the Catalan Parliament; the events to be held for 11th September, as well as the closing ceremony of Llull Year, which will take place in the Palau de la Música Catalana in November. The commemoration began last November with an inaugural event in the Palau de la Generalitat and two concerts by Jordi Savall and the Capella Reial de Catalunya, one in the Saló del Tinell in Barcelona and the other in the church of Sant Francesc in Palma.
As part of the commemoration, 45 publications will be published this year about Ramon Llull: twelve original texts, ten adaptations of works by the author into modern Catalan, eight works translated into four languages (Spanish, English, German and Romanian), and 15 texts and studies about the writer.
A digital book about Llull
The Library of Catalonia is promoting the publication of the electronic Ramon Llull in the Library of Catalonia, dedicated to the philosopher. The book is free and can be downloaded from the iTunes and Google Play platforms from 29th February. Besides a presentation of the figure and work of the philosopher and a large selection of works by Llull from the Library, including titles such as The Tree of Knowledge, Puerile Doctrine, the Book of the Lover and the Beloved, the Book of Contemplation and the New Treatise on Astronomy, it includes interviews with various researchers, such as Lola Badia, Alexander Fidora, Amador vega, Albert Soler and Ricard Torrents. The texts in the book are by Joan Santanach, the commemoration curator.
The book is the second volume in the collection Escrits i Memòria (Writings and Memory), coordinated by Antoni Rosell, which the Library of Catalonia is publishing with the aim of drawing attention to its collection. The collection revolves around the essential texts of Catalan history and literature, based on documents that are in the Library of Catalonia.
With this collection, the Library of Catalonia wishes to make the most of the advantages offered by the electronic book format: easy distribution through the networks and a dynamic and interactive approach to the content thanks to the combination of information in different formats (interviews, sound archives, digitized images and text).
Still in the digital sphere, the New General Glossary of Ramon Llull has also been produced, making it possible to access Ramon Llull’s entire lexis in digital format. It hopes to be an essential tool for reading the devout man’s work in Catalan.
At today’s presentation the change at the head of the Institut Ramon Llull has also been announced. During the event it was made public that Manuel Forcano will be the institution’s new director, taking over from Àlex Susanna. The new director will be officially named in the coming days.
Ramon Llull is one of the most outstanding writers and thinkers of the Middle Ages, not only in the Catalan-speaking territories, but also in the European tradition as a whole. His many interests enabled him to make remarkable contributions in all areas of knowledge in his day, ranging from philosophy and theology to law, medicine, astronomy, rhetoric and logic. At the same time, he produced a solid body of literature, just at the beginning of the Catalan literary tradition, which includes such emblematic titles as The Book of the Gentile and the Three Wise Men, Blanquerna, The Book of the Lover and the Beloved, The Book of Wonders, The Book of the Beasts and The Tree of Knowledge.
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