BLANCO Y NEGRO, 1891
YEAR ZERO OF AN ILLUSTRATED MAGAZINE
15 MAR — 05 JUN 2016
“Blanco y Negro is out! An illustrated magazine!” people shouted in the streets of Madrid the 10th of May 1891. The first issue of one of the main magazines of our country is out for 15 cents.
The magazine founded by Torcuato Luca de Tena was printed to inform and entertain and to bring a new understanding to the Spanish journalism. Its seduction weapons? Good paper, printing and, especially, good illustrations of some of the best artists; in the words of the Founder, “the words soak through cartoons”.
125 years have passed and now we time travel to discover its first 34 issues —published from the 10th of May to the 27th December 1891. This exhibition shows the first-year-illustrations of Blanco y Negro drawn by artists such as Ángel Díaz Huertas, Ramón Cilla, Primitivo Carcedo, Crayón, Pedro Rojas, Teodoro Gascón, Julio Gros, Ángel Pons or Mariano Benlliure. A set of drawings that illustrated texts of outsanding journalists, writers, poets and playwrights like Ramón de Campoamor, Juan Antonio Cavestany, “Córcholis”, José Ramón Mélida, Alfonso Pérez Nieva, Mariano Ruiz de Arana o José Velarde.