EL PAÍS celebrates 40 years with major exhibition in Mexico

Multimedia event offers interactive tour into past, present and future of leading Spanish-language daily

EL PAÍS is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a major exhibition in Mexico, which opened on Thursday at the Bellas Artes palace in the capital. The event was attended by the Mayor of Mexico City, Miguel Ángel Mancera, Juan Luis Cebrián, founding editor of EL PAÍS and CEO of the PRISA group, and Antonio Caño, the newspaper’s current editor-in-chief.

Left to right: Mexico Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera, PRISA CEO Juan Luis Cebrián, Mexico culture official José Luis Martínez and EL PAÍS editor Antonio Caño.
Left to right: Mexico Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera, PRISA CEO Juan Luis Cebrián, Mexico culture official José Luis Martínez and EL PAÍS editor Antonio Caño.
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EL PAÍS celebra en México su 40 aniversario

The exhibition, which opens to the public on Friday, takes visitors on an interactive tour of the first four decades of the newspaper, looking at the major events in Spain, Latin America and the world that it has covered during that time.

More than 350 photographs depicting everyone from Mexican poet Octavio Paz to the country’s soccer legend Hugo Sánchez, along with 120 front pages and 15 interactive television screens, will be on display in four areas.

The exhibition charts the digital transformation of EL PAÍS

Each area spans a decade and traces the development of EL PAÍS from its beginnings in the years of Spain’s transition to democracy, taking in its establishment in Mexico, and charting its ongoing digital transformation that has seen it launch Catalan- and Portuguese-language editions in the last three years.

Open until November 30, the exhibition invites visitors to revisit historic events such as a trip to the Fukushima nuclear plant five years on, using immersion video and virtual reality glasses, as well as explaining how a news story is put together from start to finish.

The exhibition was seen by more than 15,000 people during its seven-day run in Madrid in May.

English version by Nick Lyne.

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