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From Picasso to Vargas Llosa

The Instituto Cervantes has organised several events for the month of May, some of which include themes linked to these two artists.


Considered  one of the greatest artists of the 20th Century, Spanish painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso, together with Mario Vargas Llosa, one of the most important contemporary novelists and essayists of our time, will be making their presence felt in London this May.

This will be achieved through  various events that have been organised by the Instituto Cervantes, created by the Spanish government in 1991, such as concerts, exhibitions, festivals and much more.

Picasso Exhibition

To complement the exhibition  “Picasso and Modern British Art” at the Tate Britain, the multidisciplinary platform “Sin Fín Cinema” has brought together a selection of films, from documentaries to those of an experimental genre, to show a lesser known side of the Spanish artist.

Screenings, which will be followed by a panel discussion, are to take place on 11th and 18th May, 6:30 pm at The London Instituto Cervantes, 102 Eaton Square, Belgravia, SW1W 9AN.

Shakespeare Festival

This festival, celebrated from 14th to 30th May will include three productions in Spanish.  These productions will be staged on 14th, 15th and 29th May and will be interpreted by the National Theatre Company of Mexico which was created in 1946 and is directed by artistic director Luis de Tavira.

Productions will be staged at 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT.


“Man made language?” is the title of the lecture which will discuss, amongst other themes, the question of whether language is sexist.

The lecture will be lead by Lucila Benítez, from the Spanish department of the UK Spanish Embassy.  Deborah Cameron, professor of Language and Communication at Oxford University and Eulàlia Lledó Cunill, professor and Doctor in Romance Philology, will also participate.

The lecture will take place Thursday, 24th May, 6.30pm at The London Instituto Cervantes, 102 Eaton Square, Belgravia, SW1W 9AN.


From Utopía to Reconciliation: Mario Vargas Llosa as novelist and essayist”. This is the title of the overview offered by Efraín Kristal and John King, editors at the Peruvian writer’s editorial, in which they will review his career as both an intellectual figure and as one of the most famous novelists of our time.

The conference will take place Monday, 28th May, 7pm at The London Instituto Cervantes, 102 Eaton Square, Belgravia, SW1W 9AN.

(Translated by Rebecca Hayhurst    E-mail:

Picasso Exhibition

Picasso Exhibition

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