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Literary Legacy of Spanish icon Miguel Hernández will be exhibited by Instituto Cervantes

From July 25 to September 16, Instituto Cervantes de Manila will be holding the exhibition “Miguel Hernández, a plena luz” in its center in Intramuros.

Organized by the Diputación de Jaén (Provincial Government of Jaén), this exhibition is one of the projects in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the death of the poet Miguel Hernández, who hails from Orihuela, Alicante. Its purpose is to make people aware of his literary legacy, which is treasured and safeguarded by the Diputación through the Instituto de Estudios Giennenses (IEG).

Curated by Juan José Téllez, the Director of the Centro Andaluz de las Letras, Miguel Hernandez, a plena luz was inaugurated in Jaén in December 2017, and in 2018 went on an international tour, taking the poet to three continents. To this day, visitors were able to view the exhibit in Instituto Cervantes London, Manchester, New York, Chicago and Dublin. After Manila, the only Asian city in the international tour, the exhibit will be heading to Toulouse and Paris.

During the planning of its international tour, Instituto Cervantes Manila had already been marked as an obligatory destination since the center’s library is named after Miguel Hernández. For more than a decade the Manila center of Instituto Cervantes had been programming cultural events to commemorate the poet from Orihuela.

Considered as one of the most authentic figures in 20th century Spanish literature, the literary beginnings of Miguel Hernández were marked by religiosity, which was predominant during that period, and a self-taught literary education based on the classics of the Spanish Golden Age. His book El rayo que no cesa (1936) made him famous in the poetry circles of Madrid, where he had decided to move in order to try his luck as a poet. The Civil War did not disrupt his literary career and in fact, during this time, he published Viento del pueblo (1937) and El hombre acecha (1938). After the war, he was arrested and imprisoned, where he had died in subhuman conditions in 1942.

Centering on Miguel Hernández as an icon of poetry and enlightenment, the exhibition offers us a glimpse of his life through photographs and interactive devices which display digital copies of his works and various documents.

Likewise, the exhibition also contains original pieces, such as manuscripts, letters, book editions, photographs, and other personal objects from the legacy of Miguel Hernández. These were acquired by the Diputación de Jaén through the writer’s heirs.

Organized by the Diputación de Jaén, this project is done in collaboration with the Junta de Andalucía, together with the Centro de Estudios Andaluces, the Centro Andaluz de las Letras, the Generalitat Valenciana and Instituto Cervantes.

The Exhibit Room of Instituto Cervantes de Manila is located in San Luis Complex, Intramuros, Manila. Entrance to the exhibit is for free. For further information, please visit the website of Instituto Cervantes at and its Facebook page at

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