From 14 March, the Real Academia de España in Rome presents the exhibition Telling a Monte d'oro. 10 years of comics in the Academy dedicated to comics through the works of 17 artists, who entered the Academy thanks to the comics and illustration scholarship. With the 150th anniversary of the life of the Academia de España in Rome , we also celebrate the first 10 years of the entry of the tebeo (comics in Spanish) among the hosted disciplines. A visual medium with a unique capacity for popular reach and at the same time a field that is difficult to define: it is in fact a sophisticated space-time device which, in just two dimensions, records time, space, stories, desires
In this decade, 6 authors and 11 Spanish and Latin American authors - Tyto Alba, Carla Berrocal, Ana Bustelo, Joan Casaramona, Miguel Cuba, Yeyei Gomez, Julia Huete, Martin Lopez Lam, Los Bravu (Dea Gomez And Diego Omil), Alvaro Ortiz , Federico Pazos, Brais Rodriguez, Javier Saez Castan, Antonia Santolaya and Joaquín Secall - have worked with this fellowship, intertwining their artistic career with their stay in Rome and with the Academy itself. Living together with other disciplines, in a unique context, they tested their expressive limits through a personal project.
These 17 gazes return to the Academy from their respective worlds to remember, tell, reflect on what it means to live and create on this Roman hill: an ancient convent on a gold mountain becomes a center for artistic residences that surrounds a small temple. The Academia de España in Rome is also a generator of stories: every year a new group inhabits it, creating, living and loving its spaces.
The exhibition is set up in the three spaces where people live together in the Academy: the cloister, a hall and a terrace. In the cloister , the central place of the exhibition, a book laid out on drawing boards collects the return to the Academy with a look at the present. The hall, an exhibition cabinet, is a space to remember the works conceived during the stay in Rome. The terrace , which overlooks the city, is a celebration of the constantly observed capital, from the Gianicolo to places such as Forte Prenestino (with its CRACK!), and becomes an invitation to future stories that will never stop coming.
10 years of comics in the Academy
The catalog is an Italian-Spanish co-edition involving Nuevo Nueve, Ediciones Valientes and the Italian publisher Fortepressa, with texts by Ana Merino, Julia Ramírez-Blanco Valerio Bindi and Alessio Trabacchini.