The brothers Serafín (1871-1938) and Joaquín (1873-1944) Álvarez Quintero were born in Utrera, where they lived their childhood years.
Their work, markedly influenced by local customs and inspired by daily life in Andalusia, is based on comedy sketches (sainetes y entremés). Much of their success can be attributed to their ability to create characters and atmospheres -sometimes clichés- that resonated with the public.
The collection has a testimonial and documentary value essentially. It consists of furniture and objects, both desktop accessories and decorative figures in glazed clay, metal or plaster, which elicit personal memories, as well as vases, walking sticks, clocks, etc.
The exhibition also includes 48 paintings, mostly by Andalusian artists, including works by García Ramos or Villegas Cordero, drawings by Gonzalo Bilbao, Valeriano Bécquer, Gustavo Bacarisas, and even one by Joaquín Álvarez Quintero. There are over 150 photographs, primarily portraits signed by actors, actresses and other luminaries from the world of theatre, such as María Guerrero, Margarita Xirgú, Maruchi Fresno, Eduardo Marquina, and Pastora Imperio.
The personal library of the Quintero brothers is another vital element of this collection. It consists of over 4,500 volumes, including magazines. The typewritten documents in the library further heighten its value. These include several comedy scripts, diplomas (designation as illustrious sons of Seville in 1910 and of Utrera in 1914; appointment as Academicians) and letters.
Visits must be booked in advance at the Casa de la Cultura (+34 955 860 931).
Access is free.