Universities of Mexico and Spain sign agreement

To commemorate and promote the historical, artistic and patrimonial values ​​of the Ibero-American culture, universities and academies of Mexico and Spain will join efforts to hold exhibitions, congresses and publish books that show the 500 years of shared history and dialogue between cultures, initiated with the arrival of Hernán Cortés to the New World.

Moctezuma King
Moctezuma King

The National Autonomous University of Mexico, Salamanca (USAL) and Extremadura (UEX), as well as the Royal Academy of Extremadura of Letters and Arts (RAEX) and the National Academy of History and Geography of Mexico (ANHG) agreed to work on the whole.

The rectors of the UNAM, Enrique Graue; of the USAL, Ricardo Rivero; the director of the RAEX, Francisco Javier Pizarro; and the president of the ANHG, Luis Maldonado, signed an agreement for the commemorations in the Rector's Tower.

Rivero stressed that for USAL it is important to collaborate with the UNAM, especially this year, in which besides commemorating 500 years of shared history between Mexico and Spain, 80 years of Spanish exile to our country are also celebrated.

Among the actions that will be carried out from the agreement are editing the Durán Codex, manuscript of the second half of the sixteenth century, made by the Dominican friar Diego Durán; also the book Francisco Becerra and the cathedral of Puebla, on the occasion of the 475 years of the transfer of the bishopric from Tlaxcala to Puebla.

A work on the virgin of Guadalupe of Mexico and that of Extremadura will be published, in which specialists from both nations will confront texts and images of these icons, as well as their history, iconography and presence in the society of New Spain and up to the present day.

The agreement, valid for three years, includes the publication of the book The Hospital Architecture of New Spain in Viceroyal Times.

Academic conferences and congresses will be held, one of them around the figure of Hernán Cortés, with emphasis on his lesser-known profiles and on the path of the conqueror, with the aim of promoting that it be included in the World Heritage Indicative List of the UNESCO.

There will also be conferences about the figure and work of Vasco de Quiroga, and about Mexican painting of the 19th century and the image that the artists gave to Cortés and Moctezuma.

An exhibition will be mounted at the National Museum of Anthropology with works from the National Museum of Roman Art in Mérida, Spain; and one more at the International Baroque Museum, in collaboration with the Extrem@mérica research group, about the work of the painter Francisco de Zurbarán.

The agreement contemplates the realization of concerts and theatrical performances, among other actions.