19th October 2019
Jane Goodall. Hugo Van Lawick National Geographic Creative
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Madrid exhibition celebrates 130 years of National Geographic

The Espacio Fundación Telefónica in Madrid is marking 130 years since the launch of the National Geographic Society with an exhibition entitled ‘A Window on the World‘.

The show includes an extensive display of items including photographs, maps, videos and iconic items, some of which have never been seen in Spain before.

Volkmar Wentzel NEW MEXICO 1960
New Mexico, 1960, by award-winning German-American photographer Volkmar Wentzel (1915-2006).

Divided into five sections, the exhibition examines the history of the organisation, its evolution and changes in its aims and objectives, and the creation of the National Geographic Magazine.

It also looks at the challenges that humans face to reverse the damage caused to our natural world and some of the projects that National Geographic is currently involved in regarding race and gender.

The National Geographic Society was founded in Washington D.C. in 1888 by 33 scholars who included cartographers, naturalists, members of the military and lawyers, with a mission to extend people’s knowledge of geography and their environment.

Jane Goodall. Hugo Van Lawick National Geographic Creative
Primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall photographed by Hugo Van Lawick (1937-2002).

In the following 130 years, National Geographic has become one of the world’s leading not-for-profit organisations and a global reference when it comes to exploring and research.

It’s also expanded its remit beyond the Earth to include themes related to space, while the planet’s oceans have also become an increasingly important subject.

When: 8 November – 24 February, 2019; Tue-Fri 10am-7pm; Sat, Sun 10am-8pm

Where: Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Fuencarral, 3

More info: espacio.telefonica.com

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