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Exhibition “The Coronation of Our Lady of the Forsaken. The images of the Municipal Archive”


The Municipal Archive of Valencia within the periodic informative activity called “ARCHIVE DOCUMENTS”, activity that is part of the work of cultural dissemination that every Archive must have and that complements the permanent exhibition “Tesoro de la Memoria”, which contains the most representative funds of the Municipal Archive.


The activity aims to give greater visibility to the rich collections preserved in the Municipal Archive of Valencia, whose antiquity dates back to the conquest of the City by King James I in 1238, and which constitute one of the most precious treasures of our collective memory, a testimony of the past and an irreplaceable source of knowledge.


Nor should we forget the important photographic collection held in this Archive, consisting mainly of the works of municipal photographers who, at different times, have worked for the City Council. Highlights include collections by Vicente Barberà Masip, Enrique Desfilis, Cabrelles Sigüenza, Manuel Labrandero; as well as other professionals of the time. Currently, the photographic archive is being inventoried and digitized, with an estimated image bank at more than 30,000.


To commemorate the Centenary of the Coronation of the Virgin of the Forsaken, more than thirty photographs alluding to the event have been selected covering all the events that were held. There was the Battle of Flowers, congresses, visits to different entities, a historical-religious parade… and the main event of the Coronation that was on the 12th, Saturday, around 11:00 a.m. at the Puente del Real. There the mayor, Juan Artal Ortells, offered the crown on behalf of Valencia and Cardinal Reig imposed it on the image of Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados.


This exhibition is made up of photographs by Barberá Massip, Derrey and García, and archive documents, such as the Festival file that includes the events sponsored by the City Council or the Minute Books that include agreements related to the celebration, such as the decoration of the most central streets of the city; It captures a moment in the history of the event that was the Coronation of the Virgin that is also the devotional expression that many Valencians professed to her and that continues to this day.


The curators are the technicians of the Municipal Archive Alicia Martínez and Juli Moreno and the technician of the museum Rafaela Soriano.


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