Place : Est_Art – c/La Granja 4, - 28108 Alcobendas

Dates : From 23rd September to 16th January - Opening 23rd Sept, 20.00h*​


It is the 125th anniversary of the birth of Juan de la Cierva, inventor, aeronautical scientist and inventor of the gyroplane. He pursued his dream of flying throughout his life, his adventure began as a teenager with the creation of "the red crab" in 1910, and in 1919 he built a three-engine biplane which he presented in his university final project, Unfortunately, the aircraft crashes, but this fact, together with the deaths of pilots due to flight failures that occur at that period, makes De la Cierva obsessed with creating an aircraft that is as safe as possible, and this is the starting point for the creation of the gyroplane.

Throughout his life he was tirelessly discouraged by the difficulties or the lack of economic support to develop his patents, for this reason he ends up moving to England (1925) and the USA , where he achieves the necessary investments to found "The Cierva autogiro company" and "The Pitcam-Cierva Autogiro company of America", and to give shape to his different models of gyroplanes.

Paradoxically, he died in 1936 in London in a plane crash.

In 2001, the Juan de la Cierva National Research Prize was created in Spain.

Laura de la Cierva, Juan de la Cierva's great-granddaughter, suggested the possibility of holding an exhibition in homage to her great-grandfather with the participation of artists from the region of Murcia with whom she had already made contact. The exhibition would be entitled "IMAGIRARIO DE JUANITO ". The idea of paying tribute to the achievement of dreams and the overcoming of difficulties, (especially in the times we are living in), seems to us to be inspiring, so we decided ,to carry out this joint project.

Other artists are added to those initially proposed and an exhibition is managed in which Laura has been in charge of selecting the pieces from the painting and sculpture area, and Est_Art has taken care of the photography area. This makes up a plural exhibition in which 17 artists are participating.


*The date and time of the opening are subject to the established Covid19 protocols, and could be modified.


Imagen que contiene avión, pequeño, aire, azulDescripción generada automáticamenteARTISTAS PARTICIPANTES – Motivaciones de Obra


As an aeronautical artist specialising in Spanish Aviation, I had a debt to Juan de la Cierva that had been outstanding for many years. Because of my profession, I had painted aeroplanes and helicopters of all ages and nationalities... but never a "Three visions of the C.30" gyroplane, which flowed by itself in all naturalness: De la Cierva in its old C.30, De la Cierva in its future C.30 reborn through Laura and, the "other" C.30, the British one, built under license for military use.




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Someone once said that we are short of heroes to inspire us; Juan de la Cierva is one of them and it is good to honour him.

Our contribution is centred on the first image with a semblance of the character dressed as a pilot and with a model of his gyroplane, the second consists of a casual family photo with the most impressive visionaries of science who changed the world with their work and ingenuity and the third represents an icon of contemporary pop culture: A King Kong on top of a tower (that of the Cathedral of Murcia), surrounded by a group of gyroplanes flying over its surroundings.







"Let me fly" is a project that talks about herence, of that which conforms us and which we sow, of those shades that we leave in our wake to be picked up by future generations. It speaks of family and memories, of being impregnated with places, feelings, music and essence.

In short, it deals with the concept of the legacies transmitted to throughout the ages.




Since I was a child I have had an unusual interest in aeronautics thanks to everything my father Carlos told me about his extreme passion for the Autogiro, the world of aeronautics was always very present for me.

The ingenuity of my great-grandfather fascinated me, and as a result I not only wanted to be a pilot, but also a gyroplane builder. That is when my feat, the Juanito C-30 project, began.  I made the decision to dedicate my life to making Juan de la Cierva's trajectory continue as a result of that fateful December 9, 1936 where he lost his life, paradoxically in a regular line flight.









Imagen que contiene tabla, viejo, hombre, cuartoDescripción generada automáticamenteSANTI GARCÍA CÁNOVAS

I believe in magic and the power of dreams.

Who hasn't dreamt as a child of being as light as a dragonfly or a bird, and feel the perfume of the clouds crossing the infinite sky, I do, just like Juanito.

He, a dreamy and restless child, never stopped? he imagined his wings and worked tirelessly until he fulfilled the promise of making the foam of the clouds come true and feel the warmth of a sun that caressed him close.





 Imagen que contiene exterior, puesta de sol, avión, vueloDescripción generada automáticamenteJESÚS INGLÉS

Juan de la Cierva inspires me above all because of his tenacity when it comes to fulfilling his dreams. People like him can only be a living and clear example that Man can achieve anything he sets his mind to, that a child should never be "cut off" from the fact that a person "with birds in his head" can really make him fly.             

A child, who, while watching the free flight of birds flying through the skies, dreamed of flying, a child who, with a brilliant, creative and free mind, flew his imagination, taking his first steps towards a future where dreams would gradually become a reality that would mark a before and after in the history of aeronautics.








To rescue the figure of one of the great inventors of our country, through each of the cities where he flew his gyroplane, and to strengthen the idea that his contributions to aeronautics are still relevant.                                                                                                                           










CARLOS MONTERO                                                                         

I wanted to highlight 2 places that marked Juan de la Cierva's life, Madrid city where he came to live when he was only 6 years old, where he made his first prototypes, and New York, where on his second trip to the USA he was welcomed by 4 gyroplanes built there, flying in formation.

By that time Juan de la Cierva was already the most famous Spaniard in the world. As shown by the welcome given by Henry Ford and President Hoover on their third trip.







Imagen que contiene texto, mapaDescripción generada automáticamenteÁLVARO PEÑA

A look at the beginnings of the gyroplane, when in 1923, after several failed attempts by Juan de la Cierva, his first flight of 183 metres took place, proving that his idea was valid.

To fall down and start again, that is the essence of great geniuses, thanks to the mistakes and sleeplessness it is possible to achieve a goal, a dream, and all this in an environment where colour and movement are the protagonists.

A spinning wing ship with a rotor that turns by the action of the wind and that from its take-off performs a game of rotations and glides between its wings, ailerons, rotations and propulsions.




Imagen que contiene textoDescripción generada automáticamentePUEBLA

The engineer and inventor Juan de la Cierva is, together with Isaac Peral, one of the most remembered inventors in the history of Spain. He has streets dedicated from La Coruña to Cadiz, and the Ministry of Education awards a national research prize with his name. It was taking a while for his homeland to give him any recognition, and the occasion presented itself with the new airport of the Region of Murcia.

When the airport was finally inaugurated, his name was still kept in a hangar because of some small memo-historical mismatches that would be overcome months later.



Imagen que contiene pájaroDescripción generada automáticamenteSOLEDAD PULGAR

Inspiring myself in everyday life is part of the essence of my photography, so I have selected a series of objects and textures of our daily life to be interpreted as metaphors of Juan de la Cierva's continuous struggle pursuing his dream of flying.

Objects that rise up losing their gravity and form an imaginary portrait, or a triptych of extracted textures of the desired wings to achieve flight.


Imagen que contiene florDescripción generada automáticamenteFERNÁNDO SÁENZ DE ELORRIETA

The artworks are about people who keep a little bit out of the reality that surrounds us.

Both are identified with the idea of the character (Juan de La Cierva), wishing to spread his wings, but trying to support that ball that was all the impediments to the development of his fantastic invention, hence the ball he tries to support and that anchors him to the support that should be his watchtower for the take-off of his flight.                                                                                          

One of the works was carried out during the last part of the confinement and it also means the enormous thought of Freedom that we all longed for in the form of having wings, and being able to take off that flight that would take us out of our confinement.







The creation of this magical flight entitled "The Winged Victory of Juan de la Cierva", was born on the one hand, with the feeling of a visionary trying to develop, through research and engineering, an apparatus able to fly and imitate birds as the great Italian Master and Genius Leonardo Da Vinci tried centuries ago, and on the other hand, following the masters of the past, we find the magnificent sculptural work entitled "The Winged Victory of Samothrace", an inspiring figure for so many artists since then.

The sculpture of Samothrace, like the Autogiro by the Spanish inventor Juan de la Cierva, has inspired me to create this work.



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It is very important that we rescue from hatred and oblivion a human being as valuable as Juan de la Cierva. Paying homage to him allowed me to make a work about the creative work of this extraordinary Spaniard, admired all over the world for his invention, the autogyro, precursor of the helicopter.








Because of my admiration for the ingenuity of Juan de la Cierva, a Spaniard of whom I am proud, it has been an honour for me to participate in this tribute to him. To this end, I painted the skies in blue so that his gyro can circulate, even if only with his imagination.










The memory of an inventor and pioneer like Juan de la Cierva has suffered, in part, the same fate as other great Spanish inventors, oblivion and lack of recognition. The piece represents the power of Juan's imagination, his search for an impossible engineering, since he was a child, through his paper planes. For a child dreams do not have the limitations of reality and that is why even a paper plane flies higher than any man-made mechanical device.
















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