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Inauguration of the “Arte Africa Luz Ancestral” exhibition at the lighthouse of La Entallada
December 2022

Inauguration of the “Arte Africa Luz Ancestral” exhibition at the lighthouse of La Entallada

The lighthouse of La Entallada has opened its doors to the public as a museum space since the inauguration, in November, of the “Arte África Luz Ancestral” (Art Africa Ancestral Light) exhibition. Fuerteventura's Cabildo, therefore, gets the use of a space of over 720 square metres, that belongs to the island's historic heritage, enabling residents and visitors to enjoy it. The lighthouse of La Entallada is located in Las Playitas, in the municipality of Tuineje. The opening to the public was made possible thanks to the extension of the agreement between the Harbour Authority of Las Palmas and Fuerteventura's Cabildo. The lighthouse of La Entallada was built, in 1953, by the engineer Carlos Alcón, and was lit up for the first time, on December 3rd, 1954. The building stands out for its simplicity, originality, harmony and integration within the landscape. This is one of the most emblematic sites of the island's geography because of its peculiar location and connection with the African continent. Indeed, this is the geographical point of the Canaries that is the closest to Africa, at a distance of around 100 kilometres. This international exhibition consists of 374 pieces from the private collection ofGuillermo Martínez Castro. Most of them date back to the period between 1930 and 1950 and come from sub-Saharan African countries. The “Arte África Luz Ancestral” exhibition has been very successful during its journey through Spain and other countries. The pieces of the collection were exhibited at the Foundation Caixa Laietana, the Skin Museum (Museo de la Piel) in Catalonia, the Foundation Caja Canarias de Tenerife and the Casa Massieu in La Palma. The exhibitions in Tenerife and La Palma recorded the greatest number of visitors. In November 2021, the exhibition was inaugurated in the city of Panama. The large and medium-sized sculptures are exhibited on the ground floor, as well as ceremonial objects. The first floor is dedicated to masks and small sculptures. This space in the lighthouse of La Entallada will be open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 am until 5 pm, and the exhibition will remain until November 2023.

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