Barcelona, 20 August 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).
“The Examined Soul” is an exhibition featuring small-format drawings, sculptures and videos by Samuel Labadie, inspired by the memoirs of Daniel Paul Schreber. The exhibition is held at the Joan Miro Foundation, where it is to be on display until 1st September 2013.
Schreber’s memoirs offer an example of an extreme case of paranoia in Germany at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th, made possible by Freud’s studies on neurosis. Samuel Labadie builds visual works from these “Memorias de un enfermo de nervios” [Memoirs of My Nervous Illness], creating a world in which components of the psyche become organic elements and objects.
Samuel Labadie was born in France in 1978, and studied art at the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Lyon. The artist worked as an artist and art teacher in Paris and Bayonne, before developing a practice based on the idea of a dialogue between culture and symbols. He moved to Barcelona in 2007, and has participated in several projects in the city, including the exhibition “La Liberación Cómica”, and a residency at Hangar.
Barcelona, 12 October 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
The Joan Miró Foundation will soon present, from 16 October to 18 March 2012, an exhibition entitled “Joan Miró: The ladder of escape”. It is organised in collaboration with Tate Modern and from May 2012, will be displayed at the National Gallery of Art, Washington.
The exhibition explores the Spanish artist’s civil, political and cultural commitment at his time, in particular in Catalonia, as well as the way it is present in his art. In fact, Joan Miró (1893-1983) was deeply involved in the defense of Catalan’s culture and identity from the Civil war to the Second world war, under Franco’s regime and to modern Spain of the 60s and 70s.
His opinions are perceptible in a number of his works, a big selection of which is to be exhibited by the foundation. He expressed himself in his landscapes and the representations of the rural life as The Farm from 1921, that was the property of writer, Hemingway, a friend of the artist. The exhibition is to present numerous star and symbolic works by Miró such as Head of a Catalan Peasant, realised in 1925, The Reaper, 1937 and the triptych realised in 1937, The Hope of a Condemned Man.