EXHIBITION

04.07.2019

13.10.2019

LEGACIES. THE VALENCIAN HUERTA’S FARMHOUSES

ORGANIZATION: Fundació Per Amor a l’Art – Bombas Gens Centre d’Art
CURATOR: Paloma Berrocal

From medieval times to the early twentieth century, there was an element especially distinctive of the way of living in the huerta landscape that enclosed the city of Valencia: the farmhouse.

The farmhouse was, next to the hut, the house par excellence, the centre of management of the farming plots, the engine of a local economy, a place of experiences and continuous changes that evolved along the time, adapting to the demands of each historical stage.

The farmhouse was not just an architecture, it was the point of coexistence of an extended family, a place of essential sociability among neighbours, a building for the production and administration of crops, and a supplier of raw material for the elaboration of some of the most important manufactures of the city’s economy. Inside, wine and silk were produced; these activities left their mark on the walls as well as the ground. Although they were not the only ones, many other things left their mark on these houses that dotted the fields. The good times dressed their interiors of luxurious pavements, of opulent rooms and succulent meats, and the bad times forced to remake walls tumbled by the floods and prepared them to defend themselves of bandits and assailants.

The farmhouses are our legacy; they are the inheritance of a past not so alien to us, of a way of life inherent in the huerta. We approach them in this exhibition with the eyes of those who discover a complex world, close and yet unknown, capable of generating admiration when it comes to us in the form of evidence as real as the archaeological remains of the medieval winery of the Alquería de Comeig that can be visited by crossing the garden at Bombas Gens Centre d’Art

OPENING ON JULY 4 AT 20H

 

PICTURE 1: Andrés Fabert,  View of the Peri-urban Vegetable Garden, West of Valencia, Nicolau Primitu Valencian Library, José Huguet Collection
PICTURE 2: Llorenç Mansilla, Map of the Territory Outside the Walls of the Santo Tomás Parish, 1722. Santo Tomás Apóstol Church, Valencia
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