Southern Stars:

An Exploration of the Iberian Peninsula

Southern Stars: An Exploration of the Iberian Peninsula

Southern Stars: An Exploration of the Iberian Peninsula

Following its extensive survey of the Latin American scene in 2019, Art Paris turns to the Iberian Peninsula, bringing light to Spanish and Portuguese art from the 1950s to the present day. 25 galleries will be presenting works by a selection of 77 artists – from modern masters to contemporary artists. In parallel, projects including a video programme, site-specific installations, and conferences at the Instituto Cervantes and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Paris will highlight the creative effervescence flourishing in this part of Southern Europe.

Guest curator: Carolina Grau, independent exhibition curator

Carolina Grau has been working as an independent curator specialising in contemporary art for the last two decades. She has produced exhibitions for a wide range of institutions in the public and private sector in the United Kingdom, the USA, France, Portugal, Brazil, Italy and Spain, working both with established and upcoming artists. Grau was co-founder and co-curator of the Biennale of Jafre (2003 to 2015) and associate curator at the Arquipélago Centro de Artes Contemporaneas (Azores) in 2017. In 2019, she curated the mid-career retrospective of Spanish artist Angela de la Cruz at CGAC Santiago de Compostela and she is currently working on the solo exhibition of Portuguese artist Vasco Barata for the MAAT (Lisbon).

A Monumental Installation at the Front to the Grand Palais

Marisa Ferreira, Lost Future, 2020. Approx. 200 x 200 x 500 cm. Resin, blue pigment and industrial waste.
In collaboration with Galeria Presença and the Porto City Council.

A site-specific installation presented by Portuguese artist Marisa Ferreira, Lost Future (2020) takes its inspiration from Le Corbusier’s Plan Voisin (1925) – an urban development project for Paris comprised of 18 cruciform glass skyscrapers placed on an orthogonal grid of streets interspersed with green spaces. The plan, which was never implemented, envisioned demolishing the Marais neighbourhood as a way of solving issues of dilapidated and unhealthy housing, illness and overpopulation – thereby giving place to what Le Corbusier called the “city of tomorrow”, a symbol of European modernity and of the industrial era. Directly referencing this emblematic project, the cross-shaped column imagined by Marisa Ferreira evokes the gap between the utopian ambitions of the 1970s and the current property boom that pays no heed to the history and identity of cities such as Porto and Lisbon.

Barcelone – Madrid : present – futur

2 April 2020 | 6 – 7.30 pm | Free admission
Instituto Cervantes, 7 rue Quentin Bauchart, 75008 Paris.

Turning to the evolving Barcelona and Madrid art scenes, the panel discussion will be moderated by Carolina Grau, guest curator of Southern Stars: An Exploration of the Iberian Peninsula, with the participation of Sabrina Amrani, gallery owner and president of the Madrid Galleries Association; Nimfa Bisbe, art collections director of La Caixa Foundation, Barcelona; Joana Hurtado Matheu, director of the contemporary art centre Fabra i Coats, Barcelona; Ana Ara, in charge of events programming at Matadero – centre for contemporary creation, Madrid; and Alex Nogueras, gallery owner and president of the Barcelona Galleries Association.

Lisbon and Porto: the reasons behind an artistic revival

3 April 2020 | 6 – 7.30 pm | Free admission
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Paris)
54 boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris.

In recent years, Lisbon and Porto, Portugal’s two largest cities, have undergone a salient artistic and cultural renaissance. In a country where the lack of financial means acts as a catalyst for both the best and the worst, the necessity to come up with new solutions became an essential focus following the country’s economic and social crisis ten years ago. Lisbon and Porto, although deeply immersed in the country’s institutional and financial instability, continuously assert their open and cosmopolitan outlook. The two cities boast a unique creative dynamic with their local artists and art scenes – one that has caught the eye of the international art world. In partnership with the French delegation of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Art Paris will be presenting a debate addressing the artistic vitality of Lisbon and Porto and seeking to better understand how these two cities have become two of the most interesting cultural destinations today. The panel discussion will be moderated by Miguel Magalhães, director of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Paris, with Guilherme Blanc, deputy mayor of Porto in charge of culture; João Pinharanda, cultural advisor at the Portuguese Embassy, Paris; Catarina Vaz Pinto, deputy mayor of Lisbon in charge of culture.

Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Les petits carreaux se débinent ou les étendards, 1953
Rui Toscano, Epsilon Indi BB, 2017
Miguel Branco, Untitled (After Aert Schouman), 2015
Mateo Maté, 'Discóbolo (black man)' from the 'Canon' series. Sculpture, 2016
Juan Garaizabal, Lost Amsterdam Façade, 2019
Pedro Moreno-Meyerhoff, Castellammare del Golfo (Sicilia), 2018
Kepa Garraza, Series Propaganda 'Comtesse d'Haussonville', 2019
Patrik Grijalvo, Serie Gravitación Visual, Calatrava, Valencia, 2019