New Acquisitions, 2003

From: Wednesday, 04 February 2004

To: Sunday, 18 April 2004

Place: North Gallery

Although the display does not establish a chronological line, the works acquired last year cover a broad frame of dates, that go from the 1930s till 2003.

Although the display does not establish a chronological line, the works acquired last year cover a broad frame of dates, that go from the 1930s till 2003. Among the most antique works are those done by artists born at the closing of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th. Jose Gutiérrez Solana's dramatic view, Antonio López Torres' arid landscapes, the particular surrealism in Eugenio Granell, and the late cubism in Nicolás Martínez Ortiz de Zárate, give shape to the background of the central body of the collection i.e. half of the 20th Century.

In the exhibition, such period is well represented in the three canvases done in different periods by Gerardo Rueda, which clearly show the process undergone, from figuration to geometrical abstraction. Antoni Tapies belongs to this same generation. He is already present in Artium's Collection with two informalist canvasses. Now, with a recently done sculpture named Corps, which follows the same line, he gives light to the interpreting of his previous works.

New Acquisitions, 2003 displays the works done by artists born between the 40s and 50s, whose trajectory is fully consolidated. Most of them are present in ARTIUM collection with works done at different stages of their artistic trajectory, thus offering a broader understanding of their language evolution. One example of it is Ferrán García Sevilla, whose work done in 1981 shows a timid figurative element which contrasts with the abstraction found in Pic-10, done in 2001. The huge and colourist piece Allá me caí (There I fell), by Soledad Sevilla, depicts an overwhelming nature which contrasts and complements the subtle geometry unveiled in an other of her works done 15 years ago. Jose María Sicilia, the Basque Alfonso Gortázar, Antoni Miralda, Angeles Marco, Juan Gopar, Humberto Rivas and Angel Marcos complete the group.

The latest trends in art creation are shown through the acquisition of works by the youngest artists. Their works, not only unveil techniques such as photography, video and installation, but also the use of non-traditional materials such as methacrylate used by Maider López in Columna (Column), and man-made textile used in Trepadora III by Concha García. The search for new formal results is shown both, in the amplified micro-world of Begoña Zubero's photography, and in the search for the effect of light and colour in heliographic paper seen in Asun Goikoetxea's work.

The interest and meditation over social issues are disclosed in the “disoriented” football team of En juego by the conceptual artist Daniel Bianchi; or in the digital video by Manu Arregui, showing a naïve, though brutal violence. The advertising language and its codes are seen in the tormented self portraits by Gaüeca; whereas the video by Joan Morey refer, in a provocative way, to the artificial fashion world; On the other hand, Julia Montilla, from whom two videos are on display, refer to the intemporal visual language of cinema. Time and memory associated to images and objects are also the starting point for Instrumento de cuerda (String instrument), an installation by the artist from Álava, Francisco Ruiz de Infante. This installation is also a deposit done last year.

The photographs by Bleda and Rosa represent a journey though memory, which takes us to places with a rich historical past, but with a desolate present; places that, in Monserrat Soto's installation, contrast with the mysterious and disturbing nature which embraces and overwhelms with the sound of wind the imaginary territories depicted in the paintings by Daniel Verbis.

These artist, although very different from each other, unveil common interests and distant wishes, both through painting and sculpture, and through photography, video and installation. These artists make of us exceptional witnesses of a journey to a luxurious destination: the art of our time.

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