Madrid, 5 December 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Born in Madrid where he lives and works, Pablo Pro, director of photography, photographer and camera operator, will be presenting his work “Oxygeme” at the Galeria Rita Castellanote in Madrid. The exhibition begins on 7 February 2013 and will last until 12 March 2013.
Art as well as science and philosophy can inquire into the origins of man, language etc, but of the three the first one will be more respectful towards Myth. The photographs gathered in this exhibition are an unprejudiced immersion into the initial origin, an origin that even precedes the myth. This is what his pictures, illustrating something as anecdotal as people under water offer an immersion allowing to see that every image has a powerful and delicate poetic, expressing feelings of harmony, tearing, pain, surprise, distress, fear and helplessness.
Pablo Pro graduated from U.C.L.A., Los Angeles with a degree in Cinematography in 1993. For the following 8 years he worked in the film industry and lived between Los Angeles and New York. He specialises both in nature as well as social oriented documentaries working on various projects for National Geographic, BBC, Canal Plus France and Discovery Channel. Since his return to Spain he has worked as a camera operator for various productions.
Madrid, 27 November 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Last week, the Queen presided over the plenary meeting of the Board of Patronage of the Museo Reina Sofía in which the Foundation of the Museum was formally established. During the ceremony the Queen was accompanied by the Secretary of State for Culture, Jose Maria Lassalle; Guillermo de la Dehesa, president of the Royal Board of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and of the Foundation of the Museo Reina Sofía; and Manuel Borja-Villel, director of the Museo Nacional Reina Sofia and second vice president of the Foundation of the museum.
The Patronage of the Foundation is the government organ of the Foundation. It is formed by some of the most important Spanish and Latin American collectors, with whom an agreement has been established, permitting a fluid coordination, circulation and diffusion of the common patrimony. The creation of the Foundation is a first-order milestone in the history of the museum and responds to the need to provide the necessary tools so that the institution can respond to the demands and aspirations of today’s society.
The Foundation aims at promoting a network so that the museum can position itself strongly as a space of international reference. It will also allow a greater involvement of civil society and will consider management mechanisms that enable a greater degree of self-financing to the Museum.
The patrons founders of the Museo Reina Sofías Foundation are:
Hugo Sigman and Silvia Gold from Argentina, who accomplish research projects, investment and production; José Olympio Pereira, Brazilian financier who has exercised leadership positions at major investment banks; Ricardo y Susana Steinbruch, president of Vicunha Textil (São Paulo) one of the most important companies in the field of textile worldwide; Helga de Alvear, a gallery owner and collector of German origin established in Spain since 1957; Juan Abelló who has held the presidency and vice presidency in several of the most important companies in Spain and has been Counselor of the Central Bank; Mexican entrepreneur Juan Antonio Pérez Simón, engineer Jorge Gruenberg from Peru; Juan Carlos Verme Giannoi presently director of Credicorps and the Atlantic Security Bank; the collectors Luiz Augusto Teixeira de Freitas and Beatriz Quintella from Portugal; the Portuguese economist Ricardo Espírito Santo Salgado; Patricia Phelps de Cisneros from Venezuela who has devoted her work to the promotion and support of the education and culture in Latin America; Álvaro Saieh a Colombian entrepreneur established in Chile, president of the CorpGroup Company and the Colombian financier Alejandro Santo Domingo, son of the well-known business man Julio Santo Domingo, established in the United States and president of the important Santo Domingo company group.
Paris/Madrid, 19 November 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
The Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid and the Centre Georges Pompidou are co-organising an exhibition dedicated to Salvador Dalí (1904-1989), to be held from 21 November 2012 to 25 March 2013 in Paris, and from 24 April 2013 in Madrid.
The exhibition will be by no doubt one of the greatest ever dedicated to this artist, thanks to the gathering of 200 works from private collections, from the MoMA (notably the famous The Persistence of Memory, with the melting watches), the Tate Modern, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts in Belgium; as well as three institutions entrusted with Dalí’s legacy: the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Salvador Dalí Museum in Saint Petersburg and the Figueres Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation. It is the first time in thirty years the Centre Pompidou dedicates an exhibition to this artist, for the last Dalí retrospective took place in 1979-1980.
Is it even necessary to present this iconic 20th century artist? It would seem the best is to visit the exhibition, to recall this “Surrealism impregnated with physics” so emblematic of this artist, perpetually questioning the figure of the artist “facing the world”, his various masks and his exposure to the world, making him vulnerable. All in all, this artist is ever surprising, in spite of the media over abundance of his work and the obsessive appearances of this man with a moustache, who used to say his ambition was to “make a masterpiece of himself, to create his own face”.
Madrid, 13 November 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
The Museo del Prado in Madrid currently hosts through 10 February 2013 a solo exhibition of painter Martín Rico (1833-1908).
The artist was a pioneer of realist landscape in Spain. His particular way of capturing light and reflecting the uniqueness of cities to which he travelled made him one of the most famous painters of the period, notably in the United States, where he was exhibited numerous times in various museums and private collections. During over forty years, until his death, he worked in Paris and Valencia where he tried to emphasise urban beauty surrounding himself with European and international artists as Camille Pissarro, one of the first impressionists, or Daubigny, French landscape painter from Barbizon school. His cosmopolitan profile made his works a sensational success abroad, which explains why until now, he was rarely exhibited in Spain.
The Museo del Prado is one of the biggest and important museums in the world. It mainly exhibits European paintings (Flemish, Spanish, French, Italian and German) from the 14th century to beginning of the 19th century, collected by the Habsburgs and the Bourbons.
Madrid, 12 November 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Museo del Prado, one of the leading museums in Spain and Europe, receives less donations from Spanish Ministry of Finance (Presupuestos Generales del Estado) than Castellon airport, infrastructure which, until present, have not yet seen any plane taking off. In fact, Museo del Prado, in 2013 will have to deal with 30% decrease of its initial budget (11.5m euros), whereas the airport will receive 17m euros.
Prado’s director Miguel Zugaza, confirmed it to be a real “shock” and informed administration and society that it is necessary to support the most important public institutions, such as Prado – an immense art gallery, to let them work in the best conditions possible. Facing the questions and anxieties expressed by media, concerning economical situation of cultural institutions, he indicated that lots of structural elements should be re-analysed in order to increase the museum’s participation in its own budget, which is now reaching 60%.
In 2011, the museum had already some financial problems to cope with; while numerous museums in the United States and Europe consider the reduction of their cultural offer, Museo del Prado wants to be opened longer hours. In order to face the reduction of private donations and state subventions, Prado decided to work 7 days a week.
Madrid, 7 November 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
The 36th edition of Feriarte will take place from 17 to 25 November 2012, in the Hall 3 of the Madrid Feria. This major event will gather the best Spanish antiques dealers and gallery owners.
Altogether, 125 professionals will be involved in the fair, and over 18,000 pieces of various styles and a hundred years old at least, will be exhibited. The rarity and uniqueness of the works on display make Feriarte a unique artistic event in the country. Feriarte is intended not only for ancient art collectors, but also for collectors and aficionados of 19th and 20th century painting.
Feriarte will offer furniture, classical antiques, ancient and contemporary paintings, sculptures, clocks, china, lamps, jewellery and tribal art objects. A committee of fifty experts from various fields of art previously authenticated and examined the pieces on display. Luxury is combined with art in order to produce strikingly fine decorative objects.
Madrid, 31 October 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Spanish artist Nuria Fúster will be exhibiting at the Galeria Marta Cervera in Madrid starting on Wednesday 7 November with the Opening Reception at 7:30pm.
The Spanish artist is devoted to an “objectual sculpture”, this means she creates sculptural pieces with found objects that she often recycles, giving them a new utility. Through her assemblies, she is in a constant exploration of what she calls “the real in reality”. She explores the involvement of the spectator with her pieces by the very act of observing the object and later, the act of the muscle to move towards it and reaching it.
Nuria Fúster has already done many exhibitions in this noteworthy gallery showing the precariousness of her sculptures. The Marta Certera Gallery has, on the other hand, shown art pieces from Sol LeWitt, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz, and one of the latest ones, Andy Warhol among others.
Madrid, 23 October 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA).
The Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo in Madrid is to present “Cine los domingos” (Cinema Sundays) from 28 October to 2 December 2012. Every Sunday at 6:30pm cinema cycles will be held, including film projections following the Centre programming, or programmes linked with temporary exhibitions, in order to offer new points of view.
The CA2M offers an audiovisual programming all year long. “Offmostoles” is a yearly event for contemporary video organised on the third weekend of November, including video projections, concerts and round-table conferences about the current video creation.
The CA2M intends to lead work and research linked with contemporary art and to make it accessible to the public.
Madrid, 23 October 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA).
The major artists of the Madrid Pilar Serra Gallery will be exhibited at the fair Estampa 2012. This contemporary art fair will be held at the contemporary creative centre Matadero in Madrid, from 25 to 28 October 2012.
The fair welcomes all types of artistic expression but focuses mostly on photography as the one of fine arts mediums. Among the artists presented we might mention José Manuel Ballester, Pablo Genovés, Lidia Benavides, Jaume Plensa, José María Sicilia, Darío Urzay and Daniel Verbis.
This contamporary art event is held in Madrid each year since 1993 and is a must-be for galleries, editors and other institutions devoted to the collection, diffusion and promotion of contemporary art editions. It was always supported by the Ministry of Culture of Madrid Community as well as the Foundation Pilar and Joan Miró, and the Fundación Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo.
Madrid, 23 October 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA).
Spanish artist Ignacio Llamas presents his first solo exhibition at the Arana Poveda Gallery from 29 November to 5 February 2013 in Madrid. His work, mostly photographs, reveals abandoned interiors but this does not prevent him from making the human presence a central theme of his works, through volume, shadow, light.
The exhibition titled “Sangrar luz” (Bleeding the light) concerns light as the essential topic of the project, allowing various ways of experiencing reality. Different, small scenarios develop into the human comedy illuminated by the light. The project consists of a cycle of photographs and one installation that corresponds with the prints.
The iconic suitcase element is present throughout the cycle, being a symbol of the internal journey. The exhibition offers the spectator to discover his “inner self” but also invites to a life-journey, the journey towards death.
Madrid, 16 October 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA).
Architect and artist from Venezuela, Reveron Pojan exhibits in the Spanish capital his latest work in which he synthesizes to the maximum everything which could be shown as an accessory. This show organised by the curator Fernandez-Cid, is the second of the artist in the gallery. Astarte gallery, established in 1994, has always been interested in contemporary artists as well as being the starting point for young creators both nationally and internationally.
Reveron has a special interest for the potential force of an object and the discontinuity which it creates in the continuity of the space. His work is rigorous, reflexive, precise but at the same time disturbing. Through his creations he draws the attention to the problems of perception, the visual language as well as the internal order of things. The definition of Super-Block significates for him a deliberate structure which can be seen as a system of protection but also a system of power.
The exhibition is opened until 13 November 2012.
Madrid, 16 October 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA).
From 24 October 2012 onwards, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid is presenting “The Art of Cartier”, displaying over 420 pieces of the Cartier collection from the origins to nowadays. The interest of this exhibition lies in the various pieces dated from all periods, and notably pieces of María Felix, Elisabeth Taylor and Coco Chanel.
The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is specialised in ancient, modern and contemporary art. The major part of the collection was donated by the Thyssen-Bornemisza family and it constitutes a large collection from 13th century art to Pop Art, including as well sculptures commissioned by the family to Auguste Rodin.
The exhibition “The Art of Cartier” reflects the artistic spirit and evolution of Cartier since its foundation in Paris in 1847. All styles are being represented, from the Garland to the 1930s and the Art Deco; pieces from the Tutti Frutti collection as well, combining rubies, emeralds and sapphires. All this reveals a daring art, various techniques and multiple design styles.
Madrid, 10 October 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
The Estiarte Pilar Sierra Gallery in Madrid is currently presenting three Spanish artists and a British artist: Jose Manuel Ballester, painter and photographer, National Photography Prize-winner in 2011 (awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Culture); Darío Urzay, painter and photographer whose hybrid and abstract works created imaginary territories; Juan Uslé, American-Spanish artist using intense colours in abstract painting and finally Catherine Yass, British artist producing retouched photographs, in luminous crates, with very bright colours.
The gallery, called Estiarte when it was first created in 1972, has now been named after its owner Pilar Sierra. It remains, to this day, one of the oldest in Madrid. Focusing on Spanish and international graphic art, it is part of all major artistic events such as PhotoMiami, PhotoLondon, ParisPhoto, ArtBeijing, ArtLisboa and ARCOMadrid.
Madrid, 2 September 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA).
The exhibition “Encuentro con los años 30” (Meeting with the Thirties) presents the 1930s as a high colour era, where art and power got closer and were crossing on many levels. It will take place from 3 October 2012 to 7 January 2013 at the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid.
The exhibition shows these times’ artistic production – marked as well by a climate of violence and the appearance of major technological innovations, especially in the fields of transport and communication – must not be seen only as an extension of the two precedent decades’ avant-gardes, but as a time when modernity was being questioned and reformulated. In those times, ideas of breaking and transgression of limits began to emerge.
The central theme is that of meeting: the exhibition analyses the role of symbolic and geographical dislocations in the artistic creation of the 1930s. It shows how, with these dislocations, aesthetical postulates inherited after the avant-gardes began to be questioned, in order to develop new discursive and narrative strategies, still present today.
Madrid, 4 October 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA).
The Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid is preparing its next exhibition, dedicated to Maria Blanchard: it will take place from 17 October 2012 to 25 February 2013.
This event’s vocation is to emphasise Maria Blanchard’s contribution to Spanish art. Born in Santander in 1881 and deceased in Paris in 1932, this Spanish artist has indeed lived her painter condition with all its doubts and certainties. She is one of the major figures of national artistic avant-garde. The exhibition will particularly recall her cubist painting period (1913-1919) and as well some previous (1907-1913) and later works (1919-1932).
The daughter of a Spanish journalist, Enrique Gutierrez Cueto and a French-Polish mother, Concepcion Blanchard Santisteban, Maria Gutierrez Cueto y Blanchard was born with a heavy physical deformity, caused by her mother’s fall during the pregnancy. She suffered from this deformity all her life long. Encouraged by her family, she went to Madrid in 1902 to begin painting studies. Maria Blanchard was then offered a scholarship to continue studying in Paris, where she worked with many painters. Back to Madrid, she shared a studio with Diego Rivera for some time. She then settled in the French capital, and never left it. In this period she developed a cubist aesthetic, in her original way, by giving the human figure an unusual place.
Madrid, 3 October 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA).
The new season of the Prado Museum in Madrid opens at the end of October with an exhibition titled “The Landscape Artist Martín Rico (1833-1908)”, and will continue in November with “Young Van Dyck”, first exhibition of the Flemish painter in Spain.
From 30 October 2012 to 10 February 2013, the exhibition “El paisajista Martín Rico (1833-1908)” (The Landscape Artist), organised in collaboration with the Dallas Meadows Museum, will present one of the most emblematic figures of Spanish artistic landscape in the second half of the 19th century. Rico indeed introduced realistic landscape in Spain. Throughout his work an evolution can be appreciated, from realism towards a kind of Impressionism. The influence of Turner and Ruysdael led him to depict more and more humanised landscapes. His relationship with Mario Fortuny increased this change; his paintings became more radiant and impressionist. The Washerwomen is one of his major works.
Then, from 20 November 2012 to 3 March 2013, the exhibition “El joven Van Dyck” (Young Van Dyck) will present to the public Van Dyck youth works, realised from 1613 (he was 14 then) to 1621. Ninety pieces, combining paintings and drawings, will allow the visitors to comprehend the artist’s artistical evolution.
The Prado Museum in Madrid is one of the largest and most considerable in the world. It mainly presents European paintings (Flemish, Spanish, French, Italian and German) from the 14th century to the beginning of the 19th century, gathered by the Habsburgs and Bourbons.
Madrid, 3 October 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA).
The painter Mercedes Gómez-Pablos, who has been working for many years in Madrid, is being exhibited from 3 October 2012 in the famous Galería Alfama in the Spanish capital. In this exhibition the artist pays a tribute to her friend Antonio Mingote, who according to her perfectly symbolizes Madrid’s spirit.
In her paintings, she represents various subjects and themes (from abstract corridas to azure portraits). However, some themes appear as leitmotivs and can be found in various sizes, various tones, always with the soft violence so emblematic of her painting. Considered a major figure of the Spanish artistic scene, many of her works are sold at auctions.
Mercedes Gómez-Pablos was born in 1940. She was awarded many prizes throughout all her career, and exhibited her works in many European and American countries (notably at the FIAC, ARCO, the Museo del Dibujo de La Res, the Museum of Modern Art in Collioure, or the Museum of the Château de Villandry in France).
Madrid, 26 September 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA).
The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum will present from 9 October 2012 to 13 January 2013 an exhibition titled : “Gauguin and the Voyage to the Exotic”, organised by Paloma Alarcó.
This exhibition proposes a reflection on how exoticism influenced artistic creation in the late 19th century and the early 20th. The exhibition will thus focus on artistic exploration and research as they appear in Gauguin, Matisse, Kandinsky, Klee and Macke’s works. It will also emphasize Gauguin’s influence on German Expressionism and French Fauvism, thus reinforcing his position as a creator of new exotic models, the origin of avant-garde movements in the early 20th century.
The guiding motif of the exhibition will be Gauguin’s stay in Tahiti, where the painter rediscovered primitivism through the island’s exoticism. The public is therefore brought to discover origins and conditions that gave birth to Modern art.
Madrid, 25 September 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA).
The ArcoMadrid 2012 contemporary art fair director, Carlos Urroz, says that Arco closes, after five days of intense activity, with “a realistic, non-ingenuous optimism”. Urroz assured this edition’s turnover, though not to be compared with previous ones, is “satisfactory”. Moreover he expressed his contentment, and the exhibitors’, for thanks to a program development, 300 collectors from all over the world have been invited.
“The results are excellent. These collectors made their purchase and left Arco with a good impression. In addition they expressed their intention of coming back, with their groups and directors”, he added. Over 3,000 artists have been exhibited by the 215 participating galleries.
Antoni Tàpies, recently deceased, was well represented in the fair, both in his works and in the memories of professionals and visitors. During these few days, a wall placed in the pavilion 10, next to a place where a video about the artist could be watched, filled with messages, will be given to the family once the fair is closed.
Madrid, September 11, 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA).
On September 20, 21 and 22, Madrid will again be the focal point of contemporary art. The Spanish capital will celebrate the opening of the APERTURA art fair at the end of the month in which fifty galleries will simultaneously open their exhibitions. At the same time, a wide program of activities in museums and art centres will promote the national and international creation.
The third edition of APERTURA, organized by the Association of Arte_Madrid galleries, will attract collectors, art experts and curators from around the world who will find in Madrid experts and curators from all around the world.
Works by famous artists such as Eduardo Chillida, Donald Judd, José María Sicilia or Zaha Hadid, will be close to solo exhibitions of European artists like Günther Förg, Alberto García Alix, Miki Leal, Jonathan Hernández and Juan Asensio. The Latin American artists will be also represented, including David Lamelas and José Dávila.
The public will be able to use extended hours in the galleries to register for one of the novelties of this edition. Thus, on invitation, spectators will be able to participate in “Gallery Walks”. A guided tour will also be held each day in one of the neighbourhoods hosting the fair to catch all the details of spaces and exhibitions.