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The exhibition is part of the 'Pedro Zaragoza Orts Year' and opens to the public this Friday at l'Espai d'Art Urbà Ponent

Benidorm shows Mayor Pedro Zaragoza's life and work through 19 illustrations by the artist Malagón

21 September 2022
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  • Each vignette includes a chapter or aspect of the figure that was the precursor of the current Benidorm
    The texts that accompany each image are signed by Albert Alcaraz, repeating the tandem of 'The charm of Babel'

Within the commemorative acts of 'Pedro Zaragoza Orts Year', Benidorm City Council opens an exhibition to the public this Friday which, through 19 illustrations signed by the artist Malagón, covers the life and work of the former mayor of the city during much of the 1950s and 1960s.

The Councilor for Historical and Cultural Heritage, Ana Pellicer, explained that “it is a proposal that allows the figure of Pedro Zaragoza to be disclosed in a fun, different and very attractive way, reviewing the most important episodes of his personal life and politics and that, furthermore, even allows the viewer to get an idea of ​​the personality of the person who was the forerunner of today's Benidorm”.

Pellicer has highlighted that "we are talking about a figure that continues to arouse great interest, not only in the local population but also very prominently outside Benidorm, in the national and international media and in the academic fields of tourism and urban planning. , since many of its actions and strategies for tourism planning and the territory are still fully valid and current so many decades later”.

L'Espai d'Art Urbà Ponent is the space chosen for this exhibition, which will be exhibited until the beginning of the year and in which once again Malagón and the writer and documentary filmmaker Albert Alcaraz shake hands, who have already worked together on the book 'The charm of Babel, of the geographies and stories of Benidorm', in which Pedro Zaragoza has a prominent space.

“Once again this tandem comes together, in this case, to draw a very complete profile of Pedro Zaragoza, from which to remember and value his figure, and also to approach a fundamental passage in the recent history of Benidorm: the incredible development and change experienced by the town from the 1950s until it became the tourist benchmark it is today”, Pellicer pointed out.

The councillor has invited "neighbours who wish to join us this Friday at 7:00 p.m. at the opening of the exhibition 'Pedro Zaragoza, life and work in vignettes' and to go through it together with the artist himself, to find out all the details of how each one of the illustrations has been forged”.

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