On October 8, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain held an audience with the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations and Associate Administrator of the United Nations Program for Development, Ms. Rebeca Grynspan, at Palacio de la Zarzuela.
According to the Spanish royal court, Ms. Grynspan:
“… has traveled to Spain to participate in a roundtable discussion on ‘Latin America and the New Challenges for Development and Cooperation’… Ms. Grynspan informed Her Majesty The Queen of the recent activities of the United Nations Program for Development (UNDP) and the latest developments related to the Millennium Development Goals, and Post Process 2015. ”
“… met trainee lawyers who have been helped by a scholarship established in honour of the royals at Middle Temple – one of the ancient Inns of Court in central London – where the Duke is an honorary barrister and member of the institution’s governing body.”
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Monogram courtesy of Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg
On Monday, October 8, 2012, Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain attended the opening of the exhibition, Gauguin and the Voyage to the Exotic, held at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid.
“Paul Gauguin’s flight to Tahiti, where he regained his primitive style via exoticism, is the guiding thread of this exhibition. Through a comprehensive selection of works by a group of late 19th and early 20th century artists it will illustrate of the world how travel to supposedly more authentic regions brought about a transformation in creative language.
The exhibition shall also analyze the degree to which this experience conditioned the rise of modern art. Curated by Paloma Alarcó, Chief Curator of Modern Painting at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, this exhibition will focus on the results of the artistic explorations undertaken by artists including Gauguin, Matisse, Kandinsky, Klee and Macke. It will also look at Gauguin’s influence on the German Expressionists and the French Fauves, emphasizing his role as the creator of a new and exotic canon, the starting point for the avant-garde artistic idioms that arose in the early decades of the 20th century.”
The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is also celebrating its 20th anniversary today, and if you are interested in viewing this exhibition it will be opened to the public beginning on October 9, 2012.