Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, Perpetual Secretary of the AEPE

Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez received on November 7, 2019 an unexpected surprise when, in the framework of the jury’s decision, awards ceremony and inauguration of the 86th Autumn Salon of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, the most artistic event Ancient and prestigious of all those summoned in Spain, he received the title of “Perpetual Secretary” of the centenary entity.
N the event, which took place in the Casa de Vacas of Madrid’s Buen Retiro Park, was attended by a multitude of artistic personalities, such as the Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Community of Madrid, Marta Rivera de la Cruz, guy and mengano, the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo, accompanied by his entire Board of Directors and artists such as Eduardo Naranjo, Alejandro Aguilar Soria, Ricardo Sanz, Paula Varona, the dean of the Art Critics, Tomás Paredes. .. municipal authorities and the general public.
Just when the title of “AEPE Honorary Member” had already been delivered to the journalist and writer Javier Sierra, and before the Secretary General herself proceeded to read the minutes of the Jury of the 86th Autumn Room, the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo, skipping the established protocol, took the floor to read an Addendum to the Minutes of the meeting of the Board of Directors on June 18, 2019, in which it is explained that taking advantage of an absence of Secretary General of the entity, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, responsible for raising the official minutes of the session, and with the unanimity of the members of the Board, it was agreed to “distinguish Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez with the title of SECRETARY PERPETUAL OF THE ASSOCIATION SPANISH PAINTS AND SCULPTORS, in recognition of their excellent and unparalleled work and dedication to the entity.


We believe that it is fair to recognize the work of those people who are exceptional and essential in the art world, people who make real the saying that success always precedes work.
All the partners enjoy that success thanks to the attitude and work of those who make us bigger every day as an institution and ensure that day by day is attended not only diligently, but correctly and in a gratifying way. That is why this institution is better every day and provides an image of seriousness and prestige that, as I said, benefits everyone.
Placing a centennial entity of the first order in the 21st century has been an important challenge that our Secretary General has amply achieved in a work model that not only is the most successful, but that more than meets and exceeds the expectations generated in this regard. .
Modernization, transparency and attention and closeness to the needs of the associates have been an unwritten rule with which it has managed to awaken the spirit of our entity and thus contribute to the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors has developed as a diversified institution and open to the outside, until it becomes a modern and prosperous reality.
But in addition, preserving the history and heritage of the entity has been a priority in the work of Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, who is carrying out through the Historical Archive “Bernardino de Pantorba”, a project that has crossed borders and makes us captain the research work on the history of art in Spain in the 20th century.
Its involvement is also leading us to recover the memory of the first artists of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors and to be present, in this way, in the most important cultural events celebrated in Spain for this reason.
In the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors we have the honor of having magnificent artists, with exemplary people who have achieved success with a lot of work, dedication and talent.
And one of them is Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, journalist, Director of the Gazette of Fine Arts, researcher, art historian, member of the Spanish Association of Art Critics but, above all, a magnificent person of overwhelming personality, who is of justice recognize and applaud his special dedication and dedication, his good work, full of commitment and honesty, his charisma, authenticity and talent.
The Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors is increasingly prestigious and great because it knows how to recognize those who have a special talent and feel committed to making their work an engine for the expansion of that talent.

That is why Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez is a good portrait of the entity we want, with values ​​and that values ​​work, the desire to improve and the shared effort. It is the portrait of those people who fight every day for art, for artists, for culture and who do it also, investing a time, effort and a totally altruistic will and that must be recognized,
An entity is worthy of admiration when its members are too and when it treats those admirable people as they deserve. That is why we have the obligation to recognize this merit and in this way the Board of Directors of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors wants to do it on behalf of all its partners, because making our entity better is a matter for everyone. Only in this way do we achieve that the best years of the artistic history of Spain are those that lie ahead, those that remain to be lived and those that remain to be written.
And so we signed in Madrid, on June 18, 2019, the rest of the members of the Board of Directors of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, keeping this resolution secret until the delivery of the distinction, which will take place within the framework of the Opening ceremony of the 86th Autumn Salon held at the Casa de Vacas of Madrid’s Parque del Retiro on November 7, 2019 ”.
Excited and visibly surprised, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez picked up a plaque from the President and with the emotion of the moment, she was only able to thank everyone for the immense honor that the appointment entails, since in the entire history of the centenary entity, only There has been a Perpetual Secretary whose memory draws on countless historical accounts of the AEPE.

(Español) Acerca del erróneamente titulado “Autorretrato de José Mª López Mezquita”

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The AEPE, present in the exhibition of the ABC Museum “Dibujantas”

Through the work contributed by the General Secretary, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez

The exhibition of the pioneering artists of the illustration is the first collective exhibition that brings together a total of 138 works of teachers

The exhibition ‘Dibujantas. Pioneers of illustration ‘, which from May 28 to September 22 can be visited at the ABC Museum in Madrid, brings together for the first time the work of 42 of the 105 illustrators who collaborated with the publications’ Blanco y Negro ‘and’ ABC ‘since its foundation in 1891 and in which some of the first members of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors are included.

The exhibition is curated by Marta González Orbegozo and Josefina Alix, with whom the General Secretary of the AEPE, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, has collaborated closely, providing the information and biographical data necessary to complete the biographies of Mª Ángeles López Roberts and Muguiro, Victorina Durán Cebrián or Rosario de Velasco Belausteguigoitia.

In this way, the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, through its Historical Archive “Bernardino de Pantorba”, its website www.apintoresyescultores.es and the portal-search www.gacetadebellasartes.es have been reflected in the catalog published on the occasion of the exhibition, in which the Secretary General is also reflected, in the acknowledgments.

The curators of the exhibition have dived among the 150,000 pieces of the ABC Museum collection, choosing the 138 of the highest quality, that is, those that, in their view, demonstrate mastery in the drawing and use of color and that are a reflection of the time in which they were made.

Among the protagonists of the exhibition, whose name refers to the “I Salón de Dibujantas” that took place in the Women’s Lyceum Club in 1931, are from the pioneers of the late nineteenth century, such as ATC, Piti Bartolozzi, Maruja Mallo or Marga Gil Roësset, those that already advanced the twentieth century as María Rosa Bendala, to the most modern of the nineties, such as Coti (Lucrecia Martínez Feduchi) or Mar Ferrero, the youngest of them all.

The curators, in addition, have carried out a vast research and documentation work to prepare the catalog that brings together the biographies of each of the selected artists, thus vindicating the invisible role of women in the field of illustration during the 19th century. and XX. At present there are many and very good illustrators, but in the period covered by the exhibition they practically went unnoticed and did not play any relevant role.


Luis Alberto de Cuenca visited the AEPE

The philologist, poet, translator, essayist, columnist, critic, literary editor, researcher and musical lyricist Luis Alberto de Cuenca Prado, visited last Friday the headquarters of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors.
In the course of the visit, the President of the centenary entity, José Gabriel Astudillo and the Secretary General of the AEPE, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, discovered the author, who was accompanied by his wife Alicia Mariño Espuelas, philologist and university professor, the history, prestige, human quality and profile of an institution of which he knew very little, and in which he claimed “to have found an important artistic and cultural redoubt and a transcendental journalistic collection such as the” Gaceta de Bellas Artes “.


The academician of the Royal Academy of History, corresponding academic in Madrid of the Academy of Good Letters of Granada and member of the Royal Board of the Prado Museum, has held many other positions such as Director of the National Library of Spain and Secretary of State for Culture, for which he valued in a special way the work of digitalization that the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors is doing with the Historical Archive “Bernardino de Pantorba”, works that were explained to him by the President and the General Secretary.


He was also able to see how the posters kept by the AEPE of Salón de Otoño, which are quite deteriorated, and the volume of the digitized file, as well as some copies of the Gaceta de Bellas Artes, which he looked at with great admiration, are being restored.


Luis Alberto de Cuenca is National Critic’s Prize for the poetic work La caja de plata, National Prize for Translation for El cantar de Valtario, Gran Cruz de Isabel la Católica, Culture Prize 2006 (Literature), for his poetic work, Prize ABC Cultural & Cultural Area of ​​ABC Cultural and El Corte Inglés and National Poetry Prize for Holiday Notebook
To end the visit, at the request of the President, Luis Alberto de Cuenca signed in the Book of Honor of the centenary entity, promising to return as soon as their occupations allow it.

(Español) Mª Dolores Barreda e Itziar Zabalza. Congreso Internacional de Crítica de Arte. Museo Reina Sofía

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(Español) José López Jiménez o Bernardino de Pantorba

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The Minister of Culture and the AEPE hold a working meeting

Yesterday Monday December 11, at 11 h. attended the office of the Minister of Culture, Education and Sports, Iñigo Méndez de Vigo, the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo López, the Vice President of the entity, Juan de la Cruz Pallarés García, the General Secretary of the AEPE, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez and the Presidency Advisor, Itziar Zabalza Murillo.


Summoned expressly by the Minister, the representatives of the AEPE informed Mr. Méndez de Vigo of the different activities, contests, exhibitions and proposals carried out by the centenary entity, with special mention of the recently convened 53 Reina Sofia Painting Prize and Sculpture and the Autumn Salon, which in 2018 will reach its 85th edition.
In addition, the Historical Archive “Bernardino de Pantorba”, which he promised to present publicly in his ministry and which has the sponsorship of the Maxam Foundation, as well as the next exhibition tribute to Francisco López and Isabel Quintanilla that in the month of May, were the subject. It will take place in the historic city of Toledo.
The President of the AEPE, José Gabriel Astudillo, especially invited the Minister to “proudly welcome an entity that historically has represented so much for art in Spain and that has always been linked to the Ministry of Culture, sharing our founders and partners, responsibilities of different nature in ministries and institutions. ”
For his part, the Minister recalled having knowledge of our entity through the participation of the AEPE in the Google Cultural Institute through the exhibition “CervARTES”, and having also greeted the presentation that took place in the Reina Sofia Museum, to our President and Vice President. In addition, he accompanied José Gabriel Astudillo to the presentation of the tribute to the author of Quixote that under the title of “Cervantes without borders. Spanish, bridge between Europe and America “, took place in the European Parliament in March of this year.
The Minister was well aware of the Queen Sofía Prize organized by the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, for which he congratulated the attendees of the meeting, especially for the turn in the last three years to have enlarged with an exclusive call and the hand of Google, and if the agenda allows, insisted on going to his delivery, offer that Astudillo quickly thanked on behalf of the entire AEPE.
And among many other issues that were discussed in the meeting, which lasted more than three quarters of an hour, the Minister also congratulated José Gabriel Astudillo for some of the portraits that he knows of his hand, confessing his great admiration for such an excellent facet of portraiture .