THE works of artist Manuel Zambrana are now on show at Orihuela’s new Museum of the Nativity Scene on Spain’s Costa Blanca.
There are 34 dioramas made by the local artist that will be on permanent display from Tuesdays to Sundays.
It is located in the former hermitage of the Holy Sepulchre.
“Manuel Zambrana is an artist who has become a benchmark in our country and we are fortunate to have him and his work in Orihuela,” said Councillor Mar Ezcurra.
She added: “The intention of the Department of Culture and the master Zambrana is that it is a living museum, born with the 34 dioramas he has given but will be expanded with more works, both his own and other artists’ dedicated, for example, to Holy Week.”
In addition, the museum will host workshops on the creation and perfection of nativity scenes, which will be given by Zambrana himself – who will also give guided tours – and concerts on special dates. All those who attended last week’s openning agreed on the high quality of the works.
The museum will be open all year round and will have permanent activity to continue promoting and enjoying one of the most deeply rooted traditions in the city. Orihuela hosts a Nativity scene contest every year, where different families exhibit their “masterpieces” in their homes, which can be visited by anyone who wants to.
“Before, the Holy Sepulchre only opened on special occasions for temporary exhibitions that we organised, and now it will be open all year round in the heart of the San Francisco district, so we are also revitalising an area that for some Orihuela residents may be a little distant,” explained the Councillor for Culture.