COLLECTION / 1945-1989 / Cantabria / Julio Maruri Archive

1,000 works of art, publications and documents.

(Santander, 1920–2018). A poet and painter, Maruri was linked to the poetry group Proel, together with creators such as José Hierro, Carlos Salomón and José Luis Hidalgo. He participated in the first two meetings of the Escuela de Altamira (1949–1950) and, in 1951, after a difficult personal crisis, joined the Carmelites under the name Brother Casto del Niño Jesús, living in Belgium and Paris. In 1974 he abandoned religious life, dedicating himself to teaching and residing in Paris until his return to Santander in 2004. His first book of poems is Las aves y los niños (1945), and in 1947 he earned an honourable mention for the Premio Adonais for Los años. In 1958 he was awarded Spain’s National Literature Prize, and in 1993 a volume of his complete body of work was published under the title Algo que canta sin mí.

Maruri was also heavily engaged as a plastic artist. His first exhibition was in 1948 at the exhibition space of the newspaper diario Alerta in Santander. Later on, he took part in collective and individual exhibitions in Spain, France, Belgium and Italy, the last of which was at Galería Siboney in Santander (2012) with the support of Archivo Lafuente. The archive preserves all Maruri’s literary output (from 1945 to 2014), in addition to many original works (paintings, drawings and collages), posters, correspondence, photographs, magazines, press cuttings and exhibition catalogues, among others. In 2009 Ediciones La Bahía published the volume Julio Maruri–Pablo Beltrán de Heredia, correspondencia 1950-2004, followed by his memoirs De un Santander perdido a year later.


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