Embarking on a journey that will take us back to the very beginning, to the seed, to the origin of a historical and cultural phenomenon that lives on in our times: that of pilgrimage. This is the invitation made by the City of Culture of Galicia with the exhibition The Way. The Origin, a project directed by María García-Alén presenting a selection of 150 works of art and eleven artistic interventions that offer a contemporary view of the Way of St James.
The year 820 A.D. is the starting point for this journey that began when the hermit Pelagius discovered the tomb of the Apostle, then communicated the finding to Bishop Theodemir, and afterwards when the entire royal court of King Alfonso II the Chaste came to visit what would eventually become the city of Compostela of today. With masterpieces by great artists such as Durer or Murillo, coming from renowned institutions, among which are the Uffizi Gallery, the Prado Museum, Patrimonio Nacional and Santiago Cathedral; together with other pieces of outstanding cultural value, The Way. The Origin is displayed on floors 1 and 2 of the Gaiás Centre Museum, divided into three parts: St James the Apostle, The Way and The Pilgrim.
The Way. The Origin is complemented by the project Sites of St James, a set of eleven artistic interventions by creators from the School of Fine Arts of the University of Vigo, who establish a dialogue with a special correlation, superimposing the layout of the historic city of Santiago with that of the City of Culture.