Tomás Llorens request us not to undervalue art, an essential luxury in a critical and uncertain time
During his conferment as Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Alicante
Alicante, 11 December 2013
Considered a great humanist, the historian and art critic from Castellón, Tomás Llorens, has been awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Alicante. The event, chaired over by the UA President, Manuel Palomar, has been attended by the regional minister for Education, Culture and Sports, Maria Jose Catalá and General Director for Universities, Higher Education and Science, José Miguel Savall .
Tomás Llorens , who has acknowledged himself as "fascinated by the experience of art, has based his inaugural speech around the question: What is art for?. In his speech, he has requested us "not to undervalue art”. "In the critical and uncertain time where we live, art is an increasingly indispensable luxury" he said, "is part of a spiritual asset -congnitive but also moral, I dare to say- that we have received as a world heritage from the past and, certainly, we need to face the future world. From today’s world, even. Let us not undervalue it".
Meanwhile, Manuel Palomar noted that Tomás Llorens is "an example of permanent commitment to culture and science, and to society" and he highlighted that he is "an example of international impact". It is the first time the MUA hosts a Doctor Honoris Causa award. An area which, according to the UA President synthesizes the union of culture, research and knowledge transfer." We want to celebrate this kind of academic events in emblematic places of our university as a value enhancement strategy to identify them with the scientific and academic career of the awarded personalities", he said.
The Regional Minister of Education maintained she is “proud of this university”, and stressed “the wise choice of this Doctor Honoris Causa", "an illustrious Valencian personality that enriches us and makes us feel proud because wherever he goes, our land, our academic standards, our culture and heritage will be well recognized”.
In a well addressed and deserved laudatio, lecturer Andrés Martínez Medina made a journey through the history of Tomás Llorens in his three essential sides, teaching, research and cultural management. Martinez explained the critical and implemented review achieved by Llorens in his texts introducing history in his analysis, which he said , "turns any discipline into humanistic one".
voice interjection of Tomás Llorens
Assessment of the recognition by the regional minister and the UA President
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