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Jaume Plensa

Recent Graphic Works

Jaume Plensa is one of the most internationally renowned Spanish artists who, over almost forty years, has developed an elaborate and personal production that includes sculpture, drawing, graphic work, artist books, scenarios and costumes for opera and theater or projects of public sculpture However, the artist affirms his training and vocation: "I always end up making sculpture, regardless of the medium I use ... I do not conceive sculpture as a physical form of filling space, but as a source of energy, of vibration, that emanates from things expanding in space. " Supports, techniques and materials are containers and vehicles to capture beauty and reflect on being and its relationship with space, language, duality or memory.

Palmadotze has followed with interest the evolution of his work started at the beginning of the eighties and the artist has participated in different exhibitions and projects of the gallery as "Actual Sculpture Exhibition" (1990), the intervention "A hospitable city" in the Hospital County of Alt Penedès (1995) or the exhibition "Cupajes y otros alimias II" in the Chapel of St. Juan de Vilafranca within the Festival Arts Penedés 2000.
The present exhibition, the first in Mas Pujó, brings together a selection of recent graphic work designed to be received in the space of the farmhouse, whose origin dates back to the fifteenth century. In this space of individual, family and collective memory, Plensa's work acquires, rebels and amplifies its meaning. The works show the bodies and faces of anonymous men, women and children, and evoke their look, smile and gesture with deliberate neutrality. Paradoxically, the lack of features that reveal their identity does not avoid transmitting their presence and individual essence linked according to the artist to a place and time. "Every human being is a place ... a space inhabited in itself that moves and develops, a place in time and geography, in volume and color ... every time a human being dies, a house closes and loses a place ... My work is his memory, the frozen fixation of so much effort, developing and disappearing in the transience of light ... my work is dedicated to all the people who appear and disappear almost like perfume , which leaves a trail and becomes invisible ... When someone disappears, they do a lot of privileged information. " Information that Plensa evokes through bodies made of words, letters or signs, or silhouettes accompanied by phrases that confirm the importance and relevance that poetry and literature have in his work as catalysts also of emotion and reflection, necessary to "create ethical models " inspiring for society.

Since 1980 Jaume Plensa (Barcelona, ​​1955) has regularly shown his work in prestigious galleries and institutions around the world, including the Joan Miró Foundation (Barcelona), the Institut Valencià d'Arte Modern (Valencia), the Nasher Sculpture Center ( Dallas, Texas), the Picasso Museum (France), the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (England), the Tampa Museum of Art (Florida), the Toledo Museum of Art (Ohio), the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume (Paris), the Malmö Konsthall (Malmö, Sweden), the Reina Sofía National Art Center Museum (Madrid), the Arts Club of Chicago or the MAMCO-Museum of Modern Art and Contemporain (Saint-Étienne Métropole, France). The international recognition and transcendence of his work, go hand in hand in numerous projects of public sculpture, of which we highlight "As One" (Pearson International Airport, Toronto), "Crown Fountain" (Millennium Park, Chicago), "Dream "(Liverpool)," Breathing "(BBC Broadcasting Tower, London)," Possibilities "(Lotte Tower, Seoul), Rice University (Texas)," Source "(Montreal, Canada) or the most recent Pérez Art Museum Miami (Florida) ). Likewise, the exhibition "Together" in the basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore was one of the attractions of the Venice Biennale 2015. It has been awarded national and international prizes, including the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres Medal (Ministry of Culture France, 1993), the Calder Foundation Prize (1996), the National Fine Arts Prize (Generalitat de Catalunya, 1997), the National Fine Arts Prize (Madrid, 2012) and the prestigious Velázquez Prize for the Arts (Madrid, 2013). In 2005 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In the next autumn he will present a project for the Reina Sofía National Art Center Museum at the Palacio de Cristal in Madrid and an exhibition at the MACBA in Barcelona, ​​the city where he currently lives.

19 FEB 2019