César Manrique - and his importance for Lanzarote, Arte de Obra and Bettina Bork

Manifest Cesar Manrique

Image: the reading out of Manifest "Dying Lanzarote" by César Manrique 1986 in Auditorium Jameos del Agua.

Texts about Manifest "Dying Lanzarote" César Manrique (PDF)



20 years after César Manrique

A canarien of history. Document from the University Las Palmas de Gran Canaria for the honour of the artist César Manrique " Art and Nature"


Demonstration against the construction of a hotel/apartment complex in Puerto del Carmen at the public beach of Los Pocillos in the year 1988. A part of the beach has been taken from  the society and therefore the possibility to walk along the coast in south direction of Lanzarote. Today this building is built and one must accept a detour over the street.

The invisible middle - Lanzarote: César

Movie of 27.12.2010

Fifty years ago in Lanzarote, a visionary artist Cesar Manrique, he knows by intuition that the tourism is the future of the island. But Manrique does not wish a tourism at any price and raises his utopia: to give value to a poor and drie island where the predominant color is the volcanic one.

Juan Carlos Ortega covers the small Canary island discovering his attraction. It tells us how Manrique defends the landscape protection of Lanzarote and of an invisible architecture, integrated in the nature. He is a combative pioneer, an anticipated ecologist who develops his tourist project on the big linen of the island.

The legacy of César Manrique survives him, today his Foundation is overturned in denouncing the corruption and to whom they damage the town-planning norms of the island.
The invisible middle shows how the conviction of a person has turned Lanzarote the island of the utopia. César Manrique yes is a prophet in his ground.