Lucio del Valle: paisajes de la modernidad

The exhibition Fotografía y obra pública. Paisajes de la modernidad: Lucio del Valle (1815–1874) [Photography and public works. Modern landscapes: Lucio del Valle (1815-1874)] sheds light on the engineer Lucio del Valle’s close relationship with photography. His work, whether the result of an institutional commission or his own projects, was captured by the best photographers of the time (Laurent, Clifford and Martínez Sánchez), which created a rich, invaluable dialogue preserved in the Archivo Lucio del Valle photographic collection. This exhibition presents a practically never-before-seen selection of fascinating, original pieces from the time.

It is divided into two perfectly defined sections: testimonies of his most important constructions, and the unique photographic perspectives of the public works presented at the 1867 Exposition Universelle in Paris. Highlights of the first part include a selection of photographs of the road from Madrid to Valencia at the Sierra de las Cabrillas mountains and the River Cabriel, taken by José Martínez Sánchez, and of the construction of the Isabel II Canal and the renovation of the Puerta del Sol, taken by Charles Clifford.

The second part of the exhibition includes a selection of photographs presented at the 1867 Exposition Universelle, which reflect Lucio del Valle’s perspective on modernity and Spain’s progress through its development policies. This unique selection of materials has been released by the Archivo Lucio del Valle exclusively for this exhibition.


Organiza. Cátedra Demetrio Ribes; Conselleria d'Habitatge, Obres Públiques i Vertebració del Territori; Archivo Lucio del Valle; Vicerectorat de Cultura i Igualtat de la Universitat de València.

Colabora. Colegio de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos de Madrid; Colegio de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos de Valencia; Escuela Técnica Superior de Inegnieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos de la UPV; Fundación Juanelo Turriano; Instituto del Patrimonio Cultural de España; Fundació General de la Universitat de València; Ayuntamiento de Valencia.

Sala de exposiciones de la ETS de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos
9 de mayo – 9 de junio 2016

Centre Cultural la Nau, Sala Estudi General
17th Desember 2015 – 21th February 2016

Inmaculada Aguilar Civera
César Díaz-Aguado Martínez

General coordination
Norberto Piqueras Sánchez

Administrative management and technical
Manuel Martínez Tórtola
Rubén Pacheco Díaz
Soledad Sánchez Puértolas
Raquel Moret Alfonso

Expositive design and direction installation
Pepe Beltrán


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