An exhibition featuring sculptures by artists such as Rodin, Man Ray, Miró and Henry Moore, who have marked the history of art over the past hundred years, will open to the public on June 19th.
An exhibition with sculptures by artists such as Rodin, Man Ray, Miró and Henry Moore, who have marked the history of art in the last hundred years, will open to the public on June 19, at Centro Cultural de Cascais.
The international exhibition, which will run until October 3rd and curated by María Toral, is entitled “The Emotion of Space”, and is the result of a selection of pieces from the art collection of the Spanish Azcona foundation, based in Madrid, Spain.
Max Arnest, Eduardo Chilida, Martín Chirino, Miguel Barceló, Antonio López and Julio González are other artists who will be represented in this exhibition on a support – sculpture – that stood out in the avant-garde and artistic movements such as cubism, modernism, the Dadaism, surrealism and realism.
During the 20th and 21st centuries, “sculpture has gone through more metamorphoses than in all of history since its emergence as art”, highlights curator María Toral, in a text released by the organization, the D. Luís I Foundation and the City Council of Cascais, in the scope of the programming of the Bairro dos Museus.
“In this exhibition, we trace a path through all these ‘isms’, until we reach the present, which allows us to observe, at first hand, all the interpretations developed by the artists. All these views have in common the process of representation in different spheres of human expression. We are talking about solid expression, the three-dimensional and, finally, the occupation of space”, she emphasizes.
In choosing the curator, the innovative capacity of artists who “broke down concepts and knocked down the limits of artistic creation” weighed heavily, materializing their ideas through materials such as iron, wood, stone, plastic, plexiglass and resins.
“To understand this evolution, it is necessary to realize, first, that sculpture acquired a new meaning in the 19th century, albeit gradually, and that artists such as Auguste Rodin, present at the exhibition, were able to break with the concepts of statues. , giving them greater artistic independence”, recalls the curator.
María Toral quotes Rodin: “Where did I learn sculpture? In the woods, watching the trees; on the paths, watching the construction of clouds; in the studio, studying the model; everywhere except in schools. I applied in my work what I learned from nature”.
The exhibition also includes works by artists such as Allen Jones, Antoni Clavé, Baltasar Lobo, Carmen Laffón, Edgar Negret, Gerardo Rueda, Gustavo Torner, Henri Laurens, Jacques Lipchitz, Jorge Oteiza, Manolo Hugué, Martín Chirino, Susana Solano and Miquel Barceló.
The Azcona Foundation, governed by private law, but with cultural activity considered to be of public interest, develops initiatives to stimulate innovation and recognition of the artistic imagination, namely through an art collection, exhibitions and the publication of works dedicated to art. , especially ‘raisonné’ catalogues, which comprehensively bring together all the elements known about the works and artists in question.
In 2019, the foundation was awarded the Best Published Art Book Awards by the Spanish government for the publication of the ‘raisonné’ catalog with the visual and experimental work of Catalan artist Joan Brossa, not reproduced in silkscreen.
Most of this artist’s work was rarely seen in public until the exhibition “Poesia Brossa” was held at the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) between September 2017 and February 2018.