Wednesday, April 13, 2011

ArtTraveler Spanish Digest: Joan Miró gets double-billing in London & Paris

"The Village" by Joan Miró

Miró Sculptor,” Musée Maillol, Paris: 16 March to 31 July.

Joan Miró´s “Personnage,” a bronze statue, and his1968 oil painting, “La Marche Penible Guide par LÓiseau Flamboyant du Desert,” are featured along with 101 sculptures, 22 ceramics and 19 works on paper.

Tate Modern, Joan Miró retrospective. 14 April to 11 September, London.

The Tate puts up 150 of the Spanish surrealist´s works: “Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape.”
Joan Miró
Drawing by Francisco de Goya

Francisco de Goya, rare prints, Worchester Art Museum, Worchester, Mass. (USA), ending 17 April.

Drawing by Francisco de Goya

The museum showcases 37 rare Goya prints, especially his two complete sets of bullfighting prints, the Tauromaquida (The Art of Bullfighting) and his lithographic, The Bulls of Bordeaux.

“The Wandering Church,” the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, ending 14 April.
"The Wandering Church" by Juan Garaizabal
Spanish artist Juan Garaizabal continues exploring through delicate framework sculptures the “presence of absence,” old well known structures, many destroyed by war.

In Prague, he installed the Bohemian Bethlehem Church, finished in Berlin in 1737, bombed and destroyed during World War II.

Valencia police recover stolen Joaquín Sorolla, painted in 1913.

"Niña" by Joaquín Sorolla, 1904

“El Santero de la Cofradia” was stolen from Valencia´s Benlliure Museum in April last year, recovered on 22 March by the Guardia Civil, national police. 

El Pais reported Sorolla´s work is oil on 19 x 13 centimeters of wood.

12 Zurbarán masterpieces saved at Aukland Castle.
Three Franciso de Zurbarán portraits at Aukland Castle

Millionaire Jonathan Ruffer donated 15 million pounds sterling, another million by the Rothschild Foundation, to keep the 12 Francisco de Zurbarán large format portraits of Jacob and his sons in Aukland Castle, home to the Bishops of Durham for more than 800 years.

In 1756, the Bishop Trevor bought the works, painted between 1640 and 1645, for a staggering 124 pounds, lots of money in those days.

Ruffer´s generosity prevented them from going to auction, and now Aukland Castle becomes a public historic and artistic tourist attraction.

 “The Young Rivera”--Madrid´s Prado, 5 April – 31 July.

Frida Kahlo by Diego Rivera

The Prado shows 32 of Diego Rivera´s early works, loaned from collectors in France, UK, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Hungary and the USA.

Eva Armisén, opened a show 2 April at Andrewshire Gallery, Los Angeles, Ca., that runs through 30 April.
Alfred Hitchkock by Juan Osborne

Spanish artist Juan Osborne knows how to make print and publicity.
He´s a master wordsmith.  It took him 200,000 words to do it, as in the case of his portrait of Kate Middleton and Prince William.

Sculptor Cristina Iglesias opened 4 April at the Marian Goodman Gallery, New York.

Gustave Courbet, “Realism: The Mark of Courbet." Catalonian Contemporary Art National Museum, Barcelona: 7 April – 10 July.

French painter Gustave Courbet´s paintings show the artist´s impact on Baroque realism; the exhibition also includes works by Antoni Tápies to illustrate Courbet´s influence.
"Nude with Dog" by Gustave Courbet

“Stella & Calatrava,” The Michael Kohlhaas Curtain, installation-collaboration between Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and U.S. artist, Frank Stella, at the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin: 15 April – 14 August.

A must-see video of musical, sculptural, robotic and kinetic installation by Spanish artist Ivan Puig, part of his “Mandalas” series, titled after Occidental drawings serving to quiet and focus the mind.

Puig wrote about his installation:

“For its part, modern life offers endless motion pictures, comfort, science, technology, technocrats, Democrats, anarchists, fatalists…a broad portfolio for consumption.

“In the combination of these antagonistic points gestate the Mandalas for modern living.”

Oriental Mandala drawing on paper

Rock on and practice peace and love.
Stefan, the ArtTraveler  ™

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