"Portraiture is capturing the soul of a person", says the director of the Museu Europeu d'Art Modern (MEAM) in Barcelona, José Enrique González, and the Dutch artist Wim Heldens and Felipe Tenorio from Madrid have certainly accomplished this. With hyperrealist works, which at first glance look like photographs and even show the pores of the skin, the artists have come first place in the painting and drawing categories of the 9th edition of the figurative portrait competition ModPortrait 2021. The 103 selected works will be on display at the MEAM until 18 September.
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The MEAM presents “Si Volse a Retro”, an exhibition that pays homage to the Inferno from Dante's Divine Comedy.
The exhibition, which will be available until June 26, brings together 63 works between paintings and sculptures: 54 paintings by Jordi Díaz and 9 sculptures by Grzegorz Gwiazda.
The exhibition is part of the celebration of the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri and pays tribute to his most famous work, the Divine Comedy.
The “Si Volse a Retro” series focuses on the different scenes of Hell, pictorially materializing Dante's most impressive imagery.
Barcelona, ??April 1, 2022.- The MEAM, which promotes and disseminates figurative art of the 20th and 21st centuries, presents “Si volse a Retro”, the first joint exhibition by the Spaniard Jordi Díaz Alamà and the Polish Grzegorz Gwiazda. The sample is made up of 63 works; 54 paintings by Jordi Díaz and 9 sculptures by Grzegorz Gwiazda, and is part of the celebration of the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri, paying homage to his most famous work, the Divine Comedy. In this exhibition, the works that are part of this exhibition project created by the Catalan painter in collaboration with the Polish sculptor are presented in a concrete and detailed way.
The epic poem tells the story of a vision of a journey in which Dante, transported to the supernatural world of medieval theology, contemplates the torments of the damned in Hell, the purification of souls in Purgatory, and the joys of the Just. in Paradise. The “Si Volse a Retro” series focuses on the different scenes of Hell, pictorially materializing Dante's most impressive imagery. Each song is represented by a large-format painting (mixed technique on canvas). However, Alamà distances himself from explicit narration, notably exploring abstract and experimental resources to capture and sublimate the infernal landscape and the terrible torments of sinful souls. To the representation of the songs will be added the sculptures of the Polish artist Grzegorz Gwiazda and complementary material consisting of portraits of characters and creatures painted by Alamà that will help enrich his vision and interpretation of Dante's Inferno.
Alamà first approached the Divine Comedy in his youth during his pictorial training in the city of Florence. On the way from home to the Academy where he was training artistically, he crossed the Piazza Santa Croce every day for three years, presided over by the sculpture of Dante (1865), the work of Enrico Pazzi.
Reading Dante's work buried in him the seed of restlessness. He felt that when the time came, he should try to render those pages into images with his own brushes, with his own character and vision.
After years of creative career and continuous training, Alamà decided in 2018 that the time had come to start a performance with his own voice. The execution of “Si Volse a Retro” was one of enormous conceptual and compositional complexity, one of the artist's greatest creative challenges. The plurality of settings, the huge number of characters and imaginary beasts together with the variety of atmospheres represented a challenge: the painter wanted to capture a fantastic world, but at the same time believable, capable of questioning the contemporary public.
Gwiazda joined the project soon after. Both shared the desire to collaborate artistically and the project was perfect for that purpose. As a result of this collaboration, an artistic conjunction was born that marks a special moment in the Gwiazda and Alamà races. With this joint exercise they immerse the viewer in a torrent of creative energy of the first order.
The Museu Europeu d'Art Modern brings the work of Shane Wolf to Spain. It is the first individual anthological exhibition of the artist, considered one of the contemporary masters of figurative art.
'A Tour de Force', which will be exhibited at MEAM in Barcelona until 26 March, is the first solo exhibition of the American artist in a museum. And it’s a show of epic proportions. The exhibition brings together 187 pieces including paintings, drawings, engravings and sketches, including his last monumental works 27 of which belong to private collections, which synthesize his condition as a direct heir to the "Renaissance".
The American artist inaugurates at the MEAM 'A Tour de Force', his first anthology in a museum.
The European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM), in the Gòtic district of Barcelona, premieres 'A Tour de Force' by Shane Wolf (Cincinnati, 1976), the first anthological exhibition of the American artist and resident of Paris in a museum. It brings together 187 works of Renaissance style, although modern and very personal, with the human body and male and female nudes as the main theme.
The exhibition, which can be visited until March 27, highlights the process of creation of the works, which are exhibited accompanied by sketches and versions.
A total of 187 works, including paintings, drawings, prints and sketches, by the American artist Shane Wolf, very focused on the representation of the human body "in all its realism and majesty", are exhibited from today and until next March 27 in the Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) from Barcelona.
It is the first anthology in a museum of the painter, which is considered "direct heir of the Renaissance" for "placing the human being in the heart of his paintings".
His canvases "manifest an almost baroque intention, induced by the size of the figures, but also a theatrical point of view inspired by the paintings of other periods", says the museum.
The European Museum of Modern Art exhibits a monograph by American artist Shane Wolf. Awarded several prizes in France, where he has lived for a long time, he is one more exponent of the figurative art that defends the museum of Calle de la Barra de Hierro. And, more specifically, the human figure. Shane, who studied in Florence for his fascination with Renaissance art, is an admirer of classical academicism and its maxim of beauty and balance.
The Arts & Artists Foundation has appointed Jose Enrique González as the new director of the MEAM. With extensive experience both in the cultural field and in the international figurative art scene, he in turn will assume the position of president of the Private Foundation of Arts and Artistes. In this way, he replaces the former director Jose Manuel Infiesta (1949 - 2021) who has worked with Jose Enrique González in recent months to ensure a good transition and has announced that he will undertake new professional challenges.
Jose Enrique González, born in Zaragoza (1961), is a painter, editor and gallery owner. He currently directs the Artelibre Virtual Gallery that he founded in 1999 as a cultural entity whose main purpose is to make the world of figurative art known in its entirety. He annually organizes the modern portrait contest ModPortrait and directs the Artelibre Classical Drawing and Painting Studio in the city of Zaragoza.
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The MEAM exhibits the work of the Italian artist Roberto Ferri, the "Modern Caravaggio" The European Museum of Modern Art (Meam) dedicates an exhibition to the Italian artist Roberto Ferri, the "Modern Caravaggio", which was inaugurated this Friday and can be seen until October 3, it has informed in a statement.
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Considered the "Modern Caravaggio", the Italian painter Roberto Ferri lands for the first time in Spain with an exhibition of forty works, highly influenced by the Baroque and with surrealist touches, at the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona.
The artist, from whom the Vatican commissioned two portraits of Pope Francis, recalled, in an interview with Efe, that it all began when, when he was very young, he was fascinated by the illustrations that were in his grandfather's encyclopedia of some of the works by Caravaggio.
Born in 1978 in the town of Taranto, in southern Italy, he was self-taught in the beginning, until in 1999 he moved to Rome to deepen his research on ancient painting, from the beginning of the 16th century to the end of the 19th century. , although today he has asserted that another of his influences is Salvador Dalí.
He also has not ignored that he has marked the painting of Romanticism, Academicism, especially David, Ingres or Girodet, and Symbolism.
In his studio on the outskirts of Rome, he uses traditional pigments and continues with the old techniques of creating colors as in the Baroque, being able to dedicate more than five years to the creation of his works, such as a "San Giovanni", which is exhibited in Barcelona and for which he was inspired by the paintings of the Sistine Chapel.
At the MEAM and until next October 3, a total of 46 works are exhibited, of which thirty are paintings and there are sixteen drawings, where the main characters, mostly, are heroic characters, some in full redemption, although angels also appear- vampires as symbols of impurity.
The artist explores the female and male nude with "dreamlike elements that address dreams, the profane, spirituality and mythology."
Ferri comments that one of his great canvases, "Resurrezione", finished it just before the coronavirus pandemic was declared. "But - he adds -, it could seem the opposite because with the work I represent the man in fight with the demons of his, at the same time I want to give him courage, something that we have needed a lot in recent times".
In addition to the human figure with perfect anatomy, the public who come to the MEAM will be able to discover that in these pictorial pieces there are other elements such as the olive trunks - very characteristic of their native land - as well as utensils and tools that refer to surgical instruments from ago a few centuries.
With work in private collections in Italy, Great Britain, the United States, Spain or Qatar, his work could also be seen in the controversial Italian pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale.
In addition, he has recounted how he made the two portraits that hang on the walls of the Vatican of Pope Francis.
Roberto Ferri pointed out, amused, that when the works were commissioned he asked to have the pontiff as a model, but they replied that that would not be possible and that he should capture the portraits of him from photographs.
On the one hand, he made a painting in which the Pope appears in full length and he made another that is a bust, which is on one wall of one of the rooms where meetings between Francis and the cardinals are held. "The painting is right above the chair occupied by the Pope, who liked both works," he specified.
Asked about the future, Ferri said that, as with all painters, it will "evolve" and adds: "But I will continue with this same style, because it is the one that represents and identifies me, with which I express myself best. I will not dedicate myself to the abstract. "
Regarding being considered the "Caravaggio of the XXI century", he has recognized that his point of reference is the Lombard, but has pointed out that it is not he who defines himself in these terms, "in any case - he jokes - it would be like a Caravaggio 2.0 ".
Exhibition of the finalist works of the VIII Edition of the ModPortrait 2020 Contest convened by the virtual gallery Artelibre, being the first international figurative painting contest exclusively dedicated to portraiture and one of the most prominent of contemporary figurative art in collaboration with the MEAM.
Next Monday, March 8, coinciding with International Women's Day, the MEAM will once again claim the importance of women in the world of contemporary art and culture, through the exhibition «Women Painting (All over the world)»
The show includes 87 works, between painting and drawing, by more than 78 women artists of various origins from 25 different nationalities, such as the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Spain, Norway, Italy, Ireland, Germany, France, Holland, Russia, Egypt, Mexico, Panama, Venezuela or Chile, among others.
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On the occasion of International Women's Day, which is celebrated on March 8, the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) has brought together nearly 90 works by 78 female artists from around the world in the exhibition Women Painting (All over the World ). This is the museum's third thematic exhibition on the role of women in figurative art - previously they were Painting Today, International Women Painters (2019) and Mujeres Artistas Hoy (2018) -, and will remain open from March 8 until on May 2, 2021.
Next Monday, March 8, coinciding with International Women's Day, the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM), which promotes and disseminates the figurative art of the 20th and 21st centuries, will once again vindicate the importance of women in the world of contemporary art and culture, through the exhibition 'Women Painting (All over the world) ”, available until May 2, 2021.
Less talk about muses and more about artists.
Under this leitmotiv, and on the occasion of International Women's Day, the European Museum of Modern Art organizes its third thematic exhibition on the role of women in figurative art, an exhibition with 87 works by more than 78 female artists of different origins from 25 different nationalities. Likewise, the MEAM wants to highlight the role of women in figurative art, historically dominated by male artists, and encourage future artists to develop their artistic careers.
Link to the news: https://barcelona.lecool.com/event/women-painting/
Until March 3, you can visit the exhibition of the winning works in the international painting competition "Lohengrin", organized by the Wagner Club and the MEAM in collaboration with the Gran Teatre del Liceu.
On the occasion of the world premiere of a new production of Richard Wagner's opera Lohengrin, directed by his great-granddaughter Katharina Wagner, in April 2019 an international painting competition was held in which the theme of the works presented had to revolve around this composition that the musician from Leipzig wrote in 1848. At the beginning of 2020 the jury made the verdict public and declared four paintings ex aequo winners: DeAngel, with the work El embrujo de Ortrud and el Sueño de Elsa; Juan Gil, for Thought for the study of a square; Carlos Saura, with Lohengrin, and Mikel Olazábal, for Lohengrin and Elsa.
We talked about our exhibition in 'Punts de Vista', a cultural program of our own production of La 2 de TVE Catalunya.
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About sixty painters and sculptors gather around the myth of Eros in the first temporary exhibition of the European Museum of Modern Art after the confinement. A show around libido and desire that is expressed through the bodies, with works by Golucho, Lita Cabelludo, and many others. The exhibition proposal aims to present the concept of Eros not as an ideal of sexual reverie, but as something natural that awakens in the depths of each individual, regardless of their beauty, sex, or sexual characteristics.
The European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona explores eroticism in art in the temporary exhibition "Eros, your body as an excuse", which brings together more than sixty pictorial and sculptural works by as many international artists.
The exhibition seeks to explore the concept 'Eros' as "expression of the libido of each human being, as something natural and independent of their beauty or sex condition," Miguel Ángel Mayo, known by his artistic nickname, explained this Wednesday at the presentation. Golucho, who has been in charge of organizing, selecting and presenting the works and artists of various nationalities.
The MEAM explores the concept of "Eros" with a sample of 60 works of painting and sculpture The MEAM explores the concept of "Eros" with a sample of 60 works of painting and sculpture The European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona exhibits Starting this Thursday, a total of 60 works of painting and sculpture with which he seeks to explore "the concept of 'Eros' as a motif that emanates from the libido of every human being.
The MEAM presents next Thursday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m. the exhibition “Eros. Your body as an excuse ». The sample, made up of more than 60 works between painting and sculpture from more than 60 internationally recognized artists, seeks to explore the Eros concept as a motive that emanates from the libido of each human being, being something natural and independent of their condition of beauty or sex. Miguel Ángel Mayo, better known as Golucho, has been in charge of organizing, selecting and presenting the works and artists, among painters and sculptors, of various nationalities.