Juan José Aquerreta frente a su cartel en la presentación en la Casa de Misericordia

A work by Juan José Aquerreta will announce the Bull Fair that will celebrate the centenary of the Pamplona bullring

The Pamplona-born artist Juan José Aquerreta is the author of the poster for the 2022 Bull Fair. It is a work composed of the reproduction of a charcoal drawing and an aerial image of the Bullring in 1923 by Gerardo Zaragüeta with reddened inks. Aquerreta is an artist at the Marlborough Gallery where you can consult his extensive curriculum and much of his work. In the presentation of the poster at the Casa de Misericordia Aquerreta pointed out that “the bullring is the connection between bulls and men that under the blood red color means the passion of a tremendous festival such as that of the bulls.”

The author, National Prize for Plastic Arts in 2001 and Prince of Viana Prize for Culture in 2003, has highlighted that the work reflects compassion and respect among those who participate in the festival. “One of the characters is wounded and the other helps him. The work is a psychological expression of the human relationship that is a symbol of Sanfermin. The saint is a martyr who offers his life for the city, evidencing his relationship with God and with the city. The bullring is a wonderful building, it is a representation of the relationship between bulls and men, and blood communicates between bulls and human beings.” The author did not want to reveal the identity of the models used for the work, which he has, and which correspond to two cyclist brothers.

Rueda de prensa de presentación del cartel con una veinte de periodistas atentos a la presentación del cartel. En la imagen, de izquierda a derecha: el presidente de la comisión taurina de la Casa de Misericorida, José María Marco García Mina; el alcalde de Pamplona, Enrique Maya; Juan José Aquerreta y el vocal de la junta de gobierno de la Casa de Misericordia, Miguel Ángel Alonso del Val.
On the photo, from left to right, the poresident of Bull Deputy from the House of Mercy, José María Marco García Mina; the Pamplona Mayor, Enrique Maya; Juan José Aquerreta (the author) and the member of the governing board of the House of Mercy, Miguel Ángel Alonso del Val.

The centenary poster

The member of the governing board of the Casa de Misericordia, Miguel Ángel Alonso del Val, director of the School of Architecture of the University of Navarra, has pointed out regarding the photo of the bullring that “It is an image from 1922 before to the remodeling of the square. The framing offers us a vision of the Pamplona basin, not only of the city, and reminds us of the amphitheater character of the construction, recalling the Roman reminiscences of the place”.

In defense of the bull in San Fermín

The mayor of Pamplona, ??Enrique Maya, pointed out that the painter is a resident of Estafeta street, like him, and recalled the importance of the fighting bull in Pamplona’s festivities. “Without the bull there would be no Sanfermin. The festivals would be so different that I can’t even imagine them. Acts such as the section, the mulillas or the running of the bulls determine the program of each day and generate unique atmospheres.” As president of the Casa de Misericordia and mayor he vindicated the presence of the bull in San Fermín. He, in turn, recalled that it has been two very hard years for the institution because the Bull Fair turns its profits on the attention of the residents of the Casa de Misericordia, a unique milestone in the world.

Regarding the celebration of the Sanfermin 2022 festivities, Maya said that “There is no going back. There will be no official announcement, the program will be presented step by step as it has always been done.”

Bull Fair poster from 2022.
Imagen de Mikel Lasa que ofrece una imagen desde arriba de la cuesta de SAnto Domingo que permite ver en perspectiva a la manada del encierro acercándose. Se centra en los toros mostrando una imagen que adivina la potencia de cuatro toros estremecedores

Bull ranchs to sanfermin 2022

The Casa de Misericordia de Pamplona must take steps if everything works out to celebrate Sanfermin 2022 again and has confirmed to Navarra.com that it will have the same bull herds announced for the 2020 Bull Fair that was not held. There will be no official confirmation as long as the authorities do not take the step, but organizing a Bull Fair needs your deadlines and commitments. For now, this gesture is a symbol for organizing the next Sanfermin festivities, still orphaned by a political endorsement. (Image by Mikel Lasa.)

According to Navarra.com, the confirmation has come from the MECA Bullfighting Commission that has confirmed that all the planned irons “have bulls in the field for Pamplona.”

Ymbro Fountain replaces the Port of San Lorenzo

From Sanfermin 2019, seven bull ranch repeat, and Fuente Ymbro will replace Puerto de San Lorenzo since it did not give the expected result. If we celebrate Sanfermin 2022 we will celebrate it together with Cebada Gago, Miura, José Escolar, Victoriano del Río, Jandilla and the winners in 2019, Núñez del Cuvillo and La Palmosilla.

César Barrio. Autor del cartel de la Feria del Toro de 2019.

Una obra de César Barrio anunciará la Feria del Toro de 2019

La Feria del Toro de 2019 ya tiene cartel y es de César Barrio. Este nombre se une a la excelente colección de carteles que desde 1959 han cumplido con su misión de anunciar la feria entre las ferias torunas. La obra tiene su miga porque te hipnotiza, te come, envuelve al toro y te lleva a la feria de un sanferminazo. No queda duda qué anuncia y quién organiza.

La Casa de Misericordia dejó claro hace muchos años que la feria era del toro y no de los toreros, y en los carteles hace igual; Los carteles son de los artistas y no hay lugar para concursos. La serie histórica es vibrante y de gran calidad, con variedad de técnicas y estilos y a la vez uniforme en el mensaje. Hay de todo y muy bueno con obras de Mariano Sinués (1984), José Antonio Eslava (1967 y 2017), América Sánchez (1987) Joaquín Vaquero Turcios (1968) y Eduardo Úrculo (1986) entre otros. Estos dos últimos autores participaron activamente en la formación de César Barrio que nació en Oviedo en 1971, vivió 13 años en Pamplona y estudió arquitectura en la Universidad de Navarra (1999). Actualmente Barrio vive y trabaja en Madrid aunque realiza estancias en estudios de Lisboa y Viena.

¿Quién es César Barrio?

Para empezar puedes echar un ojo al blog de César Barrio para intuir de dónde le mana el arte. Si quieres algo menos intenso puedes atajar con el resumen de Global Square Magazine. César Barrio es un reconocido artista que destaca por la profundidad de su obra, el sentido que tiene todo lo que hace y la versatilidad de las técnicas que aplica. Por ello, César Barrio colabora activamente con estudios de arquitectura, entre los que destacan las obras realizadas para el Estudio Vicens-Ramos en Córdoba, y se puede permitir intervenciones que le apetecen como la realizada en el espacio Las Catedrales de Aránzazu donde se recluyó dos meses y creó cinco obras de gran formato en homenaje a Gaston Bachelard (Rituales del imaginario).

Barrio buscaba algo distinto y realizó varias intentonas hasta encontrarse satisfecho con su trabajo. Cuenta César Barrio a la web Feria del Toro que el relato de esta obra se basa en dos temporalidades distintas: la plaza como algo matérico y el toro con un trazo más delicado. Nosotros hemos visto un comecocos de Atari de lejos y luego hemos aterrizado. César Barrio lo explica en este video:

Las reproducciones del cartel de 2019 pueden ser adquiridas en dos formatos, al precio de 3 € y 2 €, en la recepción de la Casa de Misericordia de Pamplona, en la Plaza de Toros o través de la web feriadeltoro.com.

Pío Guerendiáin con Cartel de la Feria del Toro 2016

Pío Guerendiáin, author of the Sanfermin Feria del Toro de 2016 Poster

The entity responsible for organizing the Sanfermin Bullfighting Week – the Casa de Misericordia de Pamplona – commissioned Pio Guerendiáin to create the official poster for this year’s Feria del Toro de 2016. The poster is based on a photographic image taken from the corner of Estafeta where Guerendiáin used to own a small store. The typography has been made by architect, Fernando Redón, one of the creators of the first official Feria del Toro poster which had an image of the Running of the Bulls on the streets.

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Feria del Toro 2016. Maite H Mateo.

The Feria del Toro 2016 Sanfermin Bullfights have named the bull-ranches that will participate this year

The Bullfights Commission from the  Casa de Misericordia de Pamplona organizing entity have released the names of the bull-breeds that will take part in next summer’s Feria del Toro de Sanfermin de 2016. Perhaps the most important aspect to underline is the return once again of the Cebada Gago y Núñez del Cuvillo bull-ranches. And a first-ever appearance will be made by the Pedraza de Yeltes bull-ranch from Salamanca.

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A Farewell ear for Escribano and little else

Manuel Escribano was the only savable part of an uneven, uninspiring afternoon and all the other “uns” that one might imagine. He did some good work with a noble bull that lost its spirit a bit too early, but which at least merited one ear, including his sword work. He went all out with his second bull in search of a shoulder-high exit, but to no avail, as the bull was not up to it.

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Leave the gate open – El Juli is coming

Even if a draught comes in or the cat gets out, the Running of the bulls main gate must be left open, because El Juli never fails, and every time he comes, he is brought out shoulder-high. And well-deserved too. Yesterday – for the tenth time – he did it yet again. He was awarded an ear for each of his two bulls and he deserved it and showed his worth as always. It was not his best ever afternoon in Sanfermin, but it was enough for the middling bulls that he was given.

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One ear awarded to Eugenia de Mora at a boring afternoon of bullfighting

The sixth afternoon of bullfighting of Sanfermin 2015 began well, with the first bull from the Conde de la Maza bull-ranch.  Eugenio de Mora read his options well and in the end, was awarded an ear for his work. This proved to be the only one of the afternoon that the large attendance – about 20,000 – was to see. Although it has to be said that quite a few spectators on the sunny side were not in a condition to see very much in any case.

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Fandiño is gored and Abellán is carried out shoulder-high

There was a bit of everything at the fourth day of the Sanfermin bullfights.  Miguel Abellán got the lucky break of fighting the two best bulls from the Fuente Ymbro bull-ranch. With skill and expertise, the Madrid toreador managed to fight his bulls well enough to be awarded two ears and be carried out shoulder-high through the main gate of the bullring.   The remaining bulls lacked ‘bravura’ and character and indeed, more than one failed to respond to the cape work.

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