La Caixa, once a
savings bank for the Catalan working class, today Spain’s third
largest financial institution, is claiming its stake in the Lorca legacy, an invaluable
collection of thousands of documents and manuscripts that bear direct witness
to the poet’s life, times and works.

claimed share in the legacy is in exchange, it seems, for the part they played
in filling the financial hole left by the Juan Tomás affair {,
5 Feb 2017}, thus making the transfer of the legacy to Granada possible. It
includes the right to display the company logo in the Centre’s foyer and on its
webpage, as well as to figure as sponsor to various events it may organise.
The presence of La Caixa in the cultural activities of the Centre is supposed
to be low-key, and it will be maintained for ten years.

Exactly what
low-key is supposed to mean is not entirely clear as details of the agreement
between the financial institution and the Lorca Foundation have not been made
public. It’s a private agreement, explains the Foundation’s new, honest
secretary (Juan Tomás’s replacement and previously director of the Reina Sofía
Museum), and it also covers things that don’t have anything to do with the
Centre or the legacy. – I wonder what they are? I ask myself suspiciously –
“But,” we are reassuringly assured, “all the involved parties have been fully
informed of that part of the agreement that does have to do with the Centre”.
Nevertheless, the exact nature of the participation of La Caixa in future
activities has been left open, and besides, it is La Caixa’s policy, we are
told, never to give details of its collaboration agreements. This I somehow
find less than reassuring.

2018 is the
ninetieth anniversary of Lorca’s poetic masterpiece Romancero Gitano and to celebrate the event I am half expecting a
new commemorative edition to come out: The
La Caixa Gypsy Ballad Book

– brought to you by …
Acknowledgement: What you have here is my
interpretation of facts I read in G. Cappa’s article in Granada Hoy, 17 January
2018 El emblema de La Caixa respaldará el Centro Lorca durante una década