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The Aesthetics of the Basque Soul

July 20, 2019 @ 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Speaker: Dr Jeni Ryde

Academy Travel are proud to sponsor the Friends of Hazelhurst Regional Gallery’s Artz Talk 2019 program. This July sees Academy Travel tour leader and art history specialist Dr Jeni Ryde speaking on “The Aesthetics of the Basque Soul”.

Abstract sculpture is a significant feature of the Basque urban and rural landscape and is undoubtedly the most characteristic art form. Three influential and internationally known artists are Eduardo Chillida, Jorge Oteiza and Nestor Basterretxea, founders of the ‘Escuela Vasca’ or the Basque School of sculpture, and whose work can be found all over the Basque world. This talk showcases their sculpture and examines in particular the remarkable influence of their homeland, its politics, its mythology and its traditions on their aesthetic and expression of the Basque identity.

Dr Jeni Ryde is a linguist and art history specialist with over fifteen years experience leading tours to Italy, Spain and Portugal. She is passionate about art, design and architecture both ancient and modern and particularly enjoys how both complement each other. Her special interests are the simplicity of the Romanesque and the breadth and depth of the Renaissance. Jeni holds two undergraduate degrees with majors in Anthropology and French and Interpreting and Translation with NAATI qualifications, two Masters degrees in Italian Linguistics and TESOL and a cross disciplinary PhD in Renaissance Art History, Tourism and Museum Management.

The cost for this lecture is:

  • Friends of Hazelhurst $8
  • Non-members $14

Book now on (02) 8536 5700 or at Art Centre Reception.


July 20, 2019
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm


Dr Jeni Ryde


Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre
782 Kingsway
Gymea, NSW 2227 Australia
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(02) 8536 5700