EL ARTE DE IFÉ

Desde principios del siglo XX la riqueza artística y cultural de África, aunque muy desconocida para casi todo el mundo, ha sido intensamente estudiada.

Uno de los momentos culminantes de este interés fue el descubrimiento de las esculturas de Ifé (Nigeria).

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En el siglo XIII, la capital de la zona yoruba (pueblo de la costa occidental), se convirtió en un gran centro de producción artística: esculturas de madera y de piedra, desgraciadamente muy maltratadas por el tiempo, pero también aparecieron esculturas de bronce.

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Así se hallaron numerosas máscaras y cabezas de tamaño natural. El trabajo del bronce, tanto en Ifé como en los pueblos vecinos, que fueron adquiriendo su importancia, era “un arte cortesano”, incentivado, pero también controlado por el rey, y lo ejecutaban los artistas más famosos, que solían trabajar por encargo. Eran maestros en su arte, y tenían discípulos que les ayudaban, o bien realizaban copias de las grandes obras: este proceder recuerda, extrañamente, y pese a la distancia geográfica que les separaba, las prácticas artísticas habituales en la Italia renacentista.

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Mientras que en la mayor parte del continente africano el arte se caracteriza por la estilización de las formas y la búsqueda del simbolismo, en el arte de Ifé lo más importante era su gran realismo.

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Su gran calidad artística y su belleza, pese a lo ignoto que es por pertenecer al gran continente olvidado, lo sitúan entre las obras maestras del Patrimonio mundial.

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Un descubrimiento apasionante que nos invita a conocer más de Nigeria, y de su gran riqueza histórica en su cetros, parejas, y cabezas de terracota.

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ALBERTO DURERO: A GERMAN RENAISSANCE PAINTER

When I read the newspaper this morning, two important birthdays  appeared into my eyes: the birth a day like today  in 1527 of Philip II, under whose historic reign Spain became a great empire, and Albrecht Dürer in Nuremberg , 1471, city ​​where his father, a goldsmith originally from Hungary had emigrated.

As art is mine, I will talk about  the latter, which exerted a powerful impression on me in a sample that was in 2005 about the works that he guards the Albertina in Vienna, and traveled in an exceptional way to the Prado Museum .

What prodigious representing hands, difficult subject to capture with this perfection!

 

We said that his father had come to the capital of Franconia, attracted by the prosperity enjoyed by the city. And he was right, the result of its decision, the family enjoyed a certain level social rank, above the craftsmen, which allowed very young Dürer interact with circles of intellectuals and humanists, of which emerged later some of its major customers.

His artistic training as a goldsmith increased development of his extraordinary faculties for observation and thoroughness. His drawing skills soon inclined him towards painting.

The image representation has always been among their concerns.

 

After traveling in Colmar, Basel and Strasbourg, where he acquired knowledge of the technique of engraving, returns to his hometown to marry Agnes Frey, union agreed by the family to ensure economic stability.

 

No other artist was able to recreate nature in a way as truthful as he.

In the fall of that same year made his first trip to Venice, with the intention of meeting the new language of Italian Renaissance, thereafter, decisively influenced his art, by the memory of the ancient classical learning of Pollaiuolo and Mantegna treatment of the nude.

 

Plasma her beauty humanist ideal. The man at the center of creation.

His return to Nuremberg provided with the baggage of experiences opened doors notoriously scholarly circles and facilitated numerous commissions. Thus contributed greatly to the cultural renewal of Germany under humanistic precepts.

His paintings of animals endowed with an extraordinary degree of visual richness and nuances. They say in the rabbit eye is reflected his face.

And there he continued his work as a painter and engraver, and this facet mainly his fame crossed borders. During his second Venetian voyage his fame had preceded him, and was received with honors including by Giovanni Bellini.

 

Prodigy language development woodcut and engraving burin practice of incredible technical mastery.

On his return Maximilian I appointed him court painter, so that as of 1512 her work mainly headed to exalt the imperial power until the monarch’s life is suddenly cut short in 1519, and with it financial rewards that guaranteed the monarch. He travelled with his wife to the Netherlands to ask  Carlos V the continuity in this remuneration.

Dürer prepares his papers, the colors to create the wealth needed to be to have a painting, and plasma traits portrayed.

But unfortunately malaria had seized him. and he said with all virulence on his return to his country.

Although he continued his work as a painter and engraver, during his later years he devoted himself especially to the development of theoretical texts, showing special concern for the study of geometry, perspective and proportions of the human body.

Dürer died in 1528. Behind him he left a key to explain the shift from the medieval mind to the modern age. His role was crucial in the history of the painting, which today could not understand whether contributions like hims.

 

I hope you have enjoyed!

ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM, A BRIEF REFERENCE

“Only we agree that we are different”

This was the unwritten slogan of the New Yorker group dispersed artists of the 40’s and 50 generally qualified as abstract expressionists, or first generation of New York School.

Its source is more important in art and theories of Gauguin and his circle, and evolves from Matisse’s Fauvism to Abstract Expressionism Kandinsky painting pre-war.

It is an intuitive and emotional tradition rather than intellectual,  prefer organic and biomorphic forms to geometric, curved lines to straight lines, the decorative nature to structural.

His interest in the mystical, irrational and spontaneity talks about his romantic character.

Let’s talk about two of these masterpieces:

First of all “Full Fathom Five”, painted by Jackson Pollock

In the winter between 1946 and 1947 Pollock introduced a turning point in his work: abandoned traditional easel painting and began work on cloth spread on the ground. Pollock knew the technique of “dripping” in 1936, in the experimental workshop Mexican artist Alvaro Siqueiros.

Pollock described his painting process thoroughly in a paper to the journal “possibilities”, whose only issue appeared in the winter. “My painting does not come from the easel. Hardly extend the canvas before painting. Rather stick it to the wall studs or floor hard without extending. Need the resistance of a hard surface. On the floor I feel better. I feel closer box, am part of it, because I can move around, work it from all four sides and literally be in the works a method similar to Indian sand painters of the West. “Instead of traditional instruments such as easel, palette and brush, Pollock used to the techniques of dripping and pouring sticks, spatulas, knives or containers with leaking or spilling paint on the canvas without touching it directly. Sometimes paint mixed with other materials such as sand or pieces of glass.

The mesh of the upper layers of paint conceals a figure made ​​with lead paint. Objects on the table, eg key or button, folks are placed in relation to the hidden figure.

Pollock so named in honour of his work “The Tempest” by Shakespeare

Five fathoms here

Lies the body of your father

And his bones are coral, pearl eyes

Nothing he has dispersed

All he has transformed into sea

And it’s all beautiful, and it’s all strange

The second masterpiece is Ochre and red on red, painted by Mark Rothko.

Mark Rothko conceived in 1949 its characteristic horizontal arrangement of colour fields on a monochrome background, which persisted until the end.

The same would explain his decision to paint large format for a symposium: “I paint large pictures. Aware that, historically painting large pictures is to do something grand and ostentatious. Yet deep reason for this is my desire to be very intimate and human. Perform a small piece is placed outside of the experience, is to look at the experience as a stereotyped image through a lens or diminutive. But to paint a large box is inside, not something that is can have no more.

Rothko personally fixed the conditions of submission of his paintings: how to group them, hang them and enlighten. Your deep sensitivity required a deep relationship with their curators and collectors

in their efforts to trap light inside surfaces formed by layers, Rothko applied first a binder with pigment directly onto uncoated and untreated canvas in layers of oil paint so relieved that had the consistency of watercolour, overlaying a layer directly above the other. When the fugitive pigments suspended in a medium made ​​of egg yolk (a special recipe created by the own Rothko) filtered through dilute layers, one on the surface appeared whitish image.

“A picture comes to life in the presence of a sensitive viewer, whose consciousness develops and grows. However, the reaction of the viewer can be lethal. Hence the fact bring a picture to the world constitutes a risky and cruel audacity. How often suffer permanent damage because of the eyes of the common people or the cruelty of the impotent, that what they want most is to bring unhappiness to everything else?”

Mark Rothko.

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AVANT-GARDES FROM 1950 TO THE PRESENT. ULTIMATE PART

As I promised here is the Avant-gardes third and ultimate part.

ART AFTER WW2

From the second half of the twentieth century New York replaced Paris in his role as artistic center, being a land where no one has lived the war devastation .
The artwork becomes an object of consumption within the capitalist system, multiplying museums, modern art collections, biennials and exhibitions.

Guggenheim Bilbao

Solomon Guggenheim New York.
There is a limit avalanche currents imprecise engaged each other and in that mix different artistic languages.
The traditional techniques and materials will be displaced, and unconventional media were used as the body itself.
From the 80 there will be a plurality of trends that continues today.
The last quarter century artists introduce themes that reflect concern, globalization, immigration, feminism, the environment …

ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM

It takes place during the 40s and 50s in New York.
The automatic will significantly surrealists in abstract expressionism.
Recovers art passion for art. The painting is thus an event, an encounter between the artist and the material used.
It is a gesture painting used in expressive colors and large formats.
The artist is interested in being perceived almost total body involvement in the creative process.
We know two fold: 1. Action Painting (action painting)
2. paint color fields (color field painting)

Pollock action painting

Rothko colour fields painting.

EUROPEAN INFORMALISM

It was in Europe that the United States Abstract Expressionism, although the differences between the two movements are remarkable.
The informalistas felt disillusioned by Western culture, refusing the traditional way of painting.
Although abstraction are attracted sometimes include figurative elements.
Investigated with various materials (sand, plaster, dirt, rocks, etc.). Creating works that were called matéricas.

Dubuffet sculpture

Lucio Muñoz picture.

POP ART

The so-called “popular art” emerged in the decade of the 50 in Britain and the United States as opposed to abstract expressionism that had opened a gulf of misunderstanding between art and viewer.
The Pop recovers figuration to that art can be understood by the public.
They use more elements of everyday consumer society more recognizable by the public on foot: banners, packaging, comic strips, or the faces of the figures in the music world and the world of Hollywood.
Seriation introduced in the art world, this is the same picture is repeated several times in different colors in the same box.

Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

NEW FIGURATIVE

In the 60s a number of trends emerge as an alternative to abstract trends prevailing in Europe and the U.S.
These proposals call for rendering realistic images more or less, in each case on the basis of different criteria.
Many of these trends maintain connections with Pop Art
Within this new configuration highlights the work of Francis Bacon. Using isolated deformed figures and claustrophobic interiors, English painter reflected this better than anyone the feeling of uneasiness of his time.


Meanwhile the new French realism is closer to reality through a process of appropriation of elements of the consumer society, recycling, accumulating them, compressing or packing them.
In narrative figuration resort to television, film, advertising and the comic to raise a critical conception of society.
The Hyperrealism point making photography; their representations are to pursue a greater realism to the camera, illusionists and paradoxical recovering procedures.

Gran Vía Antonio López.

NEW ABSTRACT

In the first half of the 60 was developed in the U.S. a current exalted pictorial geometry, crisp lines, hard outlines, expository simplicity and the primacy of color.
Attach more importance to analysis to action or emotion
Employ nontraditional media forms that just determining the compositions.

Morris Louis

OPTIC AND KINETIC ART

• The expression of the movement is the main concern of these two abstract tendencies.
• The works are composed of elements are arranged methodically optical illusion, the cause virtual motion on the retina of the viewer on a flat surface.
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• The viewer has an active role in the contemplation of the work.
• kinetic art refers to all works that reflect the different types of motion.
• When considering the two dimensions of insufficient canvas usually make sculptures, installations and mobile materials like aluminum, steel or plastic.
• The OP ART refers to works that are based on optical and visual sensations that are perceived by the human eye.
• The mechanisms used in the aim to generate a sense of virtual movement in the viewer’s retina.

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   Eusebio Sempere sculpture, Madrid
  Vasarely picture.
   MINIMAL, POVERA AND LAND ART

These three artistic trends have in common time of onset in the early 60s, and his reaction to the commodification of art.
Minimalism is characterized by extreme simplification from geometric shapes industrial look.
The organic materials used Povera and poor in order to disrupt the viewer’s reflection.
Land Art wants to remove the artwork from the Museum, for transfer to the nature.
Deserts, glaciers, rivers and fields are to support artists remnants of his works, trying that they come alive in the solitude of space.

Sol LeWitt, Mario Merz and Richard Long.

CONCEPTUAL ART

It was a movement that appeared in the mid-60s and remained until well into the 70s.
Is influenced by the Readymades of Marcel Duchamp.
Ideas and concepts are more important than the finished work of art.
It rejects the idea of the art object as a commodity.

Baldessari.

Alberto Corazón.

BODY ART, HAPPENINGS Y PERFORMANCES

They are ephemeral art forms, used by artists of various schools and countries since the 50s.
BODY ART The artist uses her body as an expressive and artistic support, in order to investigate the physical and psychological reactions it has to different stimuli.
The word means HAPPENING event.
In an attempt to relate art and life, the public is actively involved in actions which mixes elements of different languages ​​(music, theater, painting ..)
The PERFORMANCE also combines elements of theater, music and visual arts.
It differs from the Happening where actions are planned, and there is no active public participation.

Gilbert & George Performance artists

Allan Kaprow Happenings maker

POSTMODERN TRENDS AND ART TO XXI CENTURY

From the 80 is in crisis the concept of art, giving way to postmodernism.
It revises and reinterprets the past. Many streams retake the painting as an expressive medium.
Currents arise neo-expressionist figuration that retrieve and subjectivity.
ALEMAN neoexpresionismo
Its members, under some influence romantic and a great sense of nationalism, expressed through violent language.
Italian trans
Its members are like nomads who roam the historic tradition of artistic movements, to take from each what meets their aspirations plastic.
And express their vitality and their own conscience.
BAD PAINTING
In the same vein born this current abstract expressionist influences of artists like Schnabel

Anselm Kiefer

Enzo Cucci

 

Julián Schnabel

. A significant aspect is the rise of photography, which is presented below as the sovereign work instrument in its own right.
. It is also important to emphasize the importance that has taken the art of peripheral sites, in a globalized world (Africa, Latin America, and Asia) breaking the dominance of Western art as well as that done by women.
. In recent years there have been new support for the arts as a result of technological breakthroughs in communication.
. The audiovisual media, computer, and Internet have made alternative ways of expression that are reflected in the new forms of art.

Liu Jianhua

George Baselitz

Luis Gordillo.

A complex, multifaceted and exciting reality in the nowadays art. Hope you enjoy!

 

 

HISTORICAL AVANT-GARDES, SECOND PART

Are the many artistic movements and “isms” that occur at a rapid pace during the first third of the twentieth century until the outbreak of the World War.

The art center of gravity is in Europe, especially in Paris, focusing too in Germany and Russia.

The artists want placed outside the established, refusing to do traditional figurative art.

They share a desire experimental and innovative and reject any obstacle to your creativity.

His focus as found in 1. primitive, archaic and savage (carvings from Africa and Oceania)

2. Artistic expression of children and fools.

Aspiring to make an international art, its size and importance will be Universal.

FAUVISM

It represents a way of painting shared by a group of artists who coincided in France between 1905 and 1907.
The Fauvist color not used descriptively
They express their emotions establishing colorfully contrasts
The lines are very rhythmic and decorative.
They like to represent nature in a cheerful and optimistic

Henry Matisse

 

Benjamín Palencia.

EXPRESSIONISM

• In this avant-garde artists discussed their inner world. The underlying purpose is to express their emotions and moods individual, face an environment that they do not understand and find it hostile.
• His works convey a certain restlessness and anxiety about the world around them, usually linked to historical moments in which half a war.
• The lines are very rhythmic and decorative.
• Emphasizes freedom in the use of colors, sometimes used in very acidic ranges and shrill, and forms, sometimes including distortions and deformations.

Munch:The scream. Kirschnner: Franzie in front of the carved chair.

Utopia, Marc.

CUBISM

• Its creators were Picasso and Braque, who first applied to  the paint, and then spread to sculpture and other artistic languages
• The Cubists not want to imitate nature, but try to reinvent following a mental process and scientific.
• reflect reality from geometric shapes
• They represent different views of objects in the same plane.
• They use a very limited range of colors, form takes precedence over color.
• Eliminate the illusion of depth and abandon the traditional view.

 

Man with Clarinet, Picasso.

Violonchelo, Archipenko.

FUTURISM

It begins in 1909 in Italy with the intention of claiming the future and progress, refusing to do the values ​​of the past.
Les obsessed capture the movement and dynamism. His favorite subjects are the city, industry, factories, new transportation …
They represent different forces in a state of transformation and displacement

dynamism dog leash

Mobile Location graphic. Kupka.

THE ROAD TO ABSTRACTION

Appears in 1910 when the Russian painter Kandinsky to reach their study found that one of his paintings was upside down, and it seemed so much more beautiful and expressive.
Rejects the imitation of external reality.
The art is expressed through colors and shapes pose no issue.
Attach great importance to freedom of expression.
There are two major streams: lyrical abstraction more intuitive and expressive evolved to where many expressionists and surrealists, and geometric abstraction, more analytical and orderly, manifested in the Neo, Russian avant-garde movements and the German Bauhaus school.

Geometric and lyric abstraction, both of Kandinsky.

NEO

It is the name given to the aesthetic of a group together under the name of the magazine De Stijl (The Style), which served to promote this new movement that appeared in the Netherlands in 1917 by Piet Mondrian
The Neo tries to get a new universal order through art.
It is a purely abstract art, which simplifies the most natural forms.
They use regular geometric shapes, straight lines and primary colors.

Mondrian

 

author cabinet, De Stijl.

SUPREMATISM

Born in 1915 in St. Petersburg by the hand of MALEVICH This artist presented a series of abstract paintings which included his black square on a white background, one of the most revolutionary of all contemporary art.
It is a radical abstract movement that deviates completely from reality.
Use simple shapes: square, rectangle, cross, triangle and circle.
They use pure colors and especially black on white and white on white.

Malevich pictures.

CONSTRUCTIVISMO

When moving to the abstract image of the three-dimensional field, TATLIN takes the first steps of constructivism.
It is a movement fully abstract, geometric and functional three-dimensional potential advantage of Suprematism.
They use materials and manufacturing technology.
They want to build a functional art that serves society.

El Lissitzky proun.

AROUND THE ORDER

During the interwar period emerged all over Europe a series of streams linked to a more or less realistic figuration.
Reality constructed through a personal vision, regaining the lead elements had left.
Three current members of these postulates: Metaphysical painting, which developed in Italy with Giorgio de Chirico, Carlo Carra and Giorgio Moandi most representative artists., The New Objectivity, which was developed in Germany, and whose leading representatives are Otto Dix, George Grosz and Max Beckmann, and thirdly the School of Paris which includes several artists from different nationalities and agreed Montparnasse, as Soutine, Chagall and Modigliani, who created his personal style.

 

 

Metrópolis Grosz.

DADA

Born in full World War in a neutral city: Zurich, specifically in the Cabaret Voltaire, instead of artistic and literary evenings. Among those attending was the Romanian Tristan Tzara.
More than an art movement is a vital attitude dominated by rebellion and scandal. His spirit is based on the denial of almost everything, especially the bourgeois tradition and even art itself.
Support the provocation, absurdity and denial of almost all
Defend freedom and chance in the creative process.
Demystify the art, giving artistic significance to objects that were not before, as in the case of Marcel Duchamp, who brings a urinal in a public restroom and place it in a museum.

 

Duschamp urinary

Psychiatrist Schwitters.

SURREALISM

Its leader is Andre Breton, who writes the two manifestos of Surrealism in 1924 and 1930. In his theory had much to do the theories of psychoanalysis and dream interpretation of Freud.
It is a figurative style that explores the world of dreams and the subconscious.
They employ the technique of psychic automatism, which is being carried away by irrational stimuli without using logic.

Magritte

 

Dalí.

And tomorrow we´ll see the third part of the avantgardes adventure. Hope you enjoy, see you soon!

 

THE AVANT-GARDE´S ADVENTURE, FIRST PART.

With this proposal we try to bring you one of the most fascinating and misunderstood periods of art history: the birth and growth of the avant-garde, a crucial event in the break with the dominant tradition from to 4 centuries.

Sandro Boticelli Born of Venus.

This trip is structured around three sections: 1. The appearance of the first innovative movements; 2.The development of the historical avant until the outbreak of World War II, and 3. The emergence of most original artistic trends in the art of the second half of the twentieth century.

BREAKING WITH TRADITION

In the late nineteenth century a new society emerges, as result of scientific, philosophical, political changes … and art will echo these changes.

There are new aesthetic theories that will accommodate both the beautiful as ugly and the vulgar. This contributes both Romanticism, pushing subjectivity, such as realism, with its elevation of the everyday and anecdotal to the level of art.

African masks

Currents arises a series of individual personalities that are far from linear perspective and modeling of the Renaissance.

We estimated previously ignored new art forms, like primitive cave art, African art, and especially the Japanese print.

Hiroshige print

The artist ponders its true role motivated by factors such as new discoveries and theories, as a) the Einsteins relativity, b) the optical laws c) Freud’s psychoanalysis, d) the emergence of media transport, result of the Industrial Revolution, and especially e) the development of photography, which drives him to paint, and not what you see, but to interpret it in a more personal way.

Newton wheel

Figurative system is in crisis, you start to appreciate painting for its own qualities and abandons the conception of sculpture as mere statue.

Gargallos  prophet

Art has become a vehicle for transmitting experience and knowledge.

IMPRESSIONISM

The story begins in 1874 in the studio of the photographer Nadar, which presented some works by painters like Monet, Manet, Renoir, Degas, Pissarro and Sisley.

We can summarize its principles in three characteristics:

1. His biggest concern is the representation of light

2. The colors are juxtaposed on the canvas, to be the viewer’s retina which merges the result.

3. Use a loose brush, allowing them to paint faster.

IMPRESSIONISM

His story begins in 1874 in the studio of the photographer Nadar, which presented some works by painters like Monet, Manet, Renoir, Degas, Pissarro and Sisley.

We can summarize its principles in three characteristics:

1. His biggest concern is the representation of light

2. The colors are juxtaposed on the canvas, to be the viewer’s retina which merges the result.

3. Use a loose brush, allowing them to paint faster.

Claude Monet

Edgar Degas, dance lesson

NEOIMPRESSIONISM

It was one of the first alternatives to impressionist painting. Its main protagonists were Seurat and Signac.

These painters provide a scientific basis to Impressionism.

Paul Seurat. Sunday afternoon at the Grand Jatte

They analyze the effects produced in a color that surround by small dots of pure tones.

Attach great importance to drawing and composition.

POSTIMPRESSIONISM

It is composed of series of independent artists, based on teachings Impressionists, investigated new forms of expression, interpreting reality from the light, color and drawing.

  PAUL CEZANNE

It was the most revolutionary. Simplifies the volumes of nature in a series of geometric shapes (cylinder, cone and sphere)

Card Players

VINCENT VAN GOGH

The dutch expressed with twisted and meandering brushstrokes and a colorful expressive,  vehicle of his emotions

PAUL GAUGUIN

He was standard bearer of primitivism, he moved to Tahiti in full production in search of pictorial culture without conventions.

His painting exalts colour, used in a symbolist and decorative sense.

HENRY DE TOULOUSE LAUTREC. Find in cabarets and parisian cafes inspiration for their works. Retrieves the value of the line and drawing. Raises the billboard to the art level.

 

SYMBOLISM

• By 1880 there is the symbolism, a movement that rescues intuition, imagination and the power of the symbolic through images, representing ideas and contain a message.

• The Symbolists escape from reality, and to do take refuge in literary worlds, hidden and mysterious.

• The symbolism is ultimately a defense of spirituality directly related to music and literature.

 

Alma Tadema

Everett Millais

MODERNISM

This movement, known as Art Nouveau in France, is closely linked to the symbolism.
It is a style that recreates in nature, using curves and sinuous lines.
It reaches all the arts, and most important area will be the applied arts.
Special importance will Gaudi Catalan modernism, or the Belgian Victor Horta.

Gaudi Facade and Horta gallery

In this movements we find the born of the XX century art. Tomorrow we´ll see the historical avant-gardes. I hope you liked!!

CRISTINA IGLESIAS METONYMY, WHEN ART MERGES TO NATURE

This morning I have been visiting the Cristina Iglesias current exhibition, “Metonymy” in the Museo de Arte Reina Sofía.

I was eager to know the most ambitious retrospective to date of this particular artist who has given so much to talk about in written and digital papers.

Demolishing genres and disciplines, has known how to create a personality and own style within contemporary sculpture, which has earned her international recognition.

Cristina Iglesias us on a fascinating journey (exterior and interior), invites us to walk through corridors where lights suspended play with shadows, wandering around beautiful lattice Arab influences, and enter rooms that look like out plant in  the Lewis Carroll mind . But also to dive into deep wells of poetic emanating water, her latest sculptural language. She has always shown interest in unconventional materials, or at least the use of unconventional way. This is the case of soft iron in her hands, resembles esparto.

This is his most ambitious exhibition and a great opportunity. She loves this space: “The Queen Sofia looks like a big monster, rigid but malleable. We moved walls, windows open … ‘Understand and sculpture: “Create fictions, arousing the viewer senses, generating experiences. I do not give messages, I think places. Art is important in our education, because it makes us think, teaches us to look. ”

Her works are, like those of her late husband Juan Muñoz, baroque and theatrical, but also sensual and fragile, monumental and, at the same time intimate. Cristina Iglesias traditional sculpture sheds its skeleton and leaves skin pure, pure membrane. What catches the attention (on display for the first time in Spain) are her work with water, especially their wells, whose exterior is black granite. There is a constant flow of water in them. These works are hypnotic.

Two videos near the visitor to her public sculptures: some as famous as the gates of the Prado or ‘deep source “in Antwerp, at the entrance of the Museum of Fine Arts. In 2009 fourteen lattices immersed in the Sea of Cortez, Baja California (Mexico)-is exhibited an aquarium that recreates those rooms, and last year installed a maze Inhotim, Bernardo Paz’s paradise in Belo Horizonte (Brazil), and we can see the model.

The exhibition is raised in an exceptional way, nothing is left to chance. It is a pleasure almost mystical unfathomable immersed in these spaces, full of poetry, where you can let your imagination run free.
I recommend you visit it, surely I will repeat, still have much to communicate these doors, these magical spaces. you can feel embedded in the nature of a suggestive way. An absolute delight for the senses.

Awesome work Cristina!