15 july, 2021 – 2022
Rooms 2, 3. Second floor
On Thursday, July 15, the Eugenio Granell Foundation opened two new exhibitions on the second floor of its museum.
The exhibitions Amparo in Good Company and Granell: 46 Years of Exile, its Causes and the Importance of Friendship (1939-1985), curated by the Foundation’s director, Natalia Fernández Segarra, centre on the life of Amparo and Granell.
Amparo and Eugenio – Eugenio and Amparo
In the exhibition about Eugenio, Granell: 46 Years of Exile, its Causes and the Importance of Friendship (1939-1985), which is on display in Rooms 2 and 3, we will see how much Granell attained during his hard, difficult life, which would not have been possible without the constant support of someone, Amparo, that always believed in him.
As the exhibition shows, life was difficult for well-known reasons: betrayal of the Republic on the part of many Spaniards because they were more interested in keeping their privileges, exile, the different countries in which he lived, and everything he did with enthusiasm and eagerness to create and establish himself. And to get by.
The exhibition is based on a book that I am writing about my parents. The common thread behind this difficult existence is Friendship, without which no exile would have been able to make a new life for themselves. In a letter to André Breton from 1956, he tells him that he is obsessed with the idea of friendship because “it has lived up to human dignity, purely and simply.” Granell also considers that it is “a very rare quality since you also need at least intelligence and courage, which can only be found together in the most exceptional individuals.”
Amparo and Granell, Carmen and Rafael, Eduardo and Mireya, Maruxa and Seoane, Carme and Isaac. There is always a companion providing support. Likewise, there are always friends lending a hand and providing encouragement.
Natalia Fernández Segarra