The Museum of Fine hosts the presentation of the book ‘Life and works of the Bilbao sculptor Nemesio Mogrobejo’

The Museum of Fine hosts the presentation of the book ‘Life and works of the Bilbao sculptor Nemesio Mogrobejo’
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Images from the presentation of the book ‘Life and works of the Bilbao sculptor Nemesio Mogrobejo’Pankra Nieto

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His was an intense and brief life that was born in Bilbao at number 1 of the Begoña stairs and knelt in 1910, at barely 35 years old, on April 6, 1910 in Graz, land of the Austro-Hungarian empire. His early death caused such an impression at that time that Miguel de Unamuno, on the occasion of the death of the sculptor Nemesio Mogrobejo y Abasolo He dedicated several lectures to him and composed various verses praising his memory. Part of these words have been recovered by his great-great-grandson, Endika Mogrobejo, a powerful heraldist and member of the Royal Academy of Fine of San Fernando and CSIC, as the second part of the book Life and works of the Bilbao sculptor Nemesio Mogrobejo that he presented yesterday at the Icaza hall of the Bilbao Museum of Fine Artswith the presentation of Javier Novo, coordinator of the Conservation and Research area of ​​the Museum of Fine Arts.

In a cardboard edition, illustrated with 250 photographs (Endika himself wanted to show the photo of his predecessor with the painter Ángel Larroque in a print with a halo…) and about 500 pages, Endika started his work with a family tree of Nemesio. On the cover there are three works by the sculptor, property of the Museum of Fine Arts, and on the back cover two paintings appear: one by Larroque himself and another by the Lertxundi brothers, and two other pastel works by Endika, who reviewed the encyclopedic work in the one who is immersed now, this time with his son, Garikoitz Mogrobejo. Between one story and another, Endika himself dropped the news that as soon as the works at the Bilbao Museum of Fine Arts are completed, an anthological exhibition of the sculptor will be organized.

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Today it is possible, before not so much. Endika commented that in Unamuno’s day barely 20 works by Nemesio were known. It was later learned that his work was spread throughout Europe and today 85 pieces by the sculptor are catalogued. He senses that some were lost in the outrages of Nazi Germany and Austria. Endika himself has traveled through five continental countries in his footsteps.

The work presented yesterday fits into the recovered Bilbainos collection. Witnesses to everything I have told you were the historian César Estornés, a notary from a Bilbao of several centuries, José Garzón, Pepe Fernández Barrena, the trumpeter Raimundo Flores and the art specialist José Julián Bakedano; José Higinio Antolín, José María Julián Ibarrola; the photographer Javier Balledor, Clara Mogrobejo, Jontxu Rey, Teresa Albizuri, Carmen Bengoetxea, José María Bugero, Natividad Pintado, Garbiñe Mobia, Isabel Urrutia, Josune Oar-Arteta, Gerardo Timerman, María Ángeles Palacios and a good number of people close to Endika .

In the book several events are recounted and how the Nemesio’s death left an entire colony of Basque artists touched from that time between the centuries. Endika praised the “honorable criticism” leveled at Nemesio; articles by Juan de la Encina, Ignacio Zuloaga, José María Arenazam, Manuel Losada, Manuel Basas, Elías Amezaga., who signed a text titled A man like this is not made for this world; José Antonio González Carrera, María Soto Cano, Imanol Villa, Alfonso Carlos Sáiz de Valdivielso, José Francés, Gerhard Kurzmann and Ottfried Hafner among others. Juani Martínez, Félix Atxurra, Loli Peña and Ana Corcuera among other people who attended the presentation of the work that covers the life of Nemesio heard about all of this. When the news of his death reached Bilbao, his friends organized a tribute exhibition in his hometown. When, years later, the Association of Basque Artists had to look for an emblem for its institution, he chose a silver bas-relief by Mogrobejo, one of his last works.

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