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  • Art of the Moment

    • This building and its copious agenda are in synch with the rhythm of the glamorous city where the museum is located.

    Pérez Art Museum Miami: enriching the art scene in the American continent / 

    Last year we reviewed an exhibition that marked the end of an important era for the Miami Art Museum (MAM). Now, we’re excited to write the profile for the new Pérez Art Museum Miami, a place where art, culture and diffusion converge in a space unlike any other in the world.

    Herzog & de Meuron, the solicited architectural design firm, was responsible for the building and, as is usually the case with their work, they went far and beyond the expectations. This is an intelligent, vanguard, eco-friendly and simply beautiful building; the main façade fits right in with the landscape of this glamorous city. The design combines the charm of nature and open spaces with the needs of artists, curators and collectors.

    PAMM is a mutable space which is constantly evolving. There is always something new to see in its multiple temporary exhibitions, it has a large space devoted to the museum’s collection spread out over three versatile floors, where, according to the first exhibitions, anything is possible. They make the most of the natural light and due to its innovative construction it was possible to create indoor rooms with large open spaces, without columns that interrupt our gaze; what remains is an ideal panorama where exhibitions and events can truly be the main feature.

    The sculpture garden and the outdoor space embody a beautiful landscape where visitors from around the world can come together and enjoy themselves. The hanging gardens give it a fresh and friendly appearance, especially when seen from this imposing building. Undoubtedly the investment, sacrifices and wait were worthwhile. The new building can adapt to the dynamic and expansive nature of the city which it inhabits while it takes the shape that contemporary art requires.

    Their exhibition calendar is completely full for this year and a couple more, internationally acclaimed projects have been programmed, all sorts of artistic proposals, conferences and audiovisuals which aim to transform, or at least enrich, the global art scene.

    Tagged: Miami, Perez Art Museum Miami, museums
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    • The Pritzker Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in the field of architecture, was given to Japanese Shigeru Ban this year, who has distinguished himself for his work with victims of natural disasters and war.

    Shigeru Ban, architect of disaster and compassion, winner of the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize / 

    In 1979, Jay Pritzker, businessman and philanthropist, founded the Pritzker Architecture Prize, an award that since then has recognized “living architects whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture”.

    With this purpose in mind, the Pritzker Prize has been awarded to artifices of spatial design such as Luis Barragán (1980), Oscar Niemeyer (1988), Frank Gehry (1989), Aldo Rossi (1990), Norman Foster (1999), Rem Koolhaas (2000) and Peter Zumthor (2009), among others who are equally or more renowned. The list is admirable, which is why the Pritzker Prize is one of the most important awards in the field of architecture.

    This year, the 2014 Pritzker Prize was given to Shigeru Ban, a Japanese architect whose style is characterized by his use of vanguard and elemental shapes and materials, while Ban always favors the expression of the concept that makes sense of his buildings. Nonetheless, the most commendable aspect of his work —and one of the main reasons why he won the prize— is the fact that he designs houses for victims of natural disasters and for war refugees. Japan, Rwanda, India and the Philippines are some of the countries that have been stricken by tsunamis, typhoons or civil wars, and where there are hundreds or thousands of homeless people who have been aided by Ban’s work, since his talent as an architect has allowed him to find a balance between resistant buildings which are incidentally quick to build, capable of withstanding the forces of nature and which use local materials. The Onagawa temporary home, built in in Japan for the victims of the 2011 earthquake, was built with ship containers and paper tubes, an excellent example of Ban’s architectural dexterity.

    Tom Pritzker, director of the Hyatt Foundation, stated that "innovation is not limited by building type and compassion is not limited by budget. Shigeru has made our world a better place."

    It’s important to mention that Ban’s participation in many of these projects is pro bono, meaning he does not actually charge for his services and, in turn, he puts as much work into them as he does into renowned projects such as the  Centre Pompidou-Metz in France.

    In terms of the award, the architect said he still does not understand the situation, since he feels that this recognition has arrived too early in his career, when he has not yet reached the level he strives for. But for this very reason he believes the prize is a great incentive to keep working, “to keep doing the same thing”.

    And how could he not when this continuity is marked by helping others.

     

    Images:

    II: A cardboard cathedral in New Zealand

    III: "Japan Pavilion," designed for Expo 2000 in Hannover, Germany.

    Tagged: architecture, Pritzker Prize, Pritzker Prize 2014, Shigeru Ban, great architects Credits: Images (I: Benoit Tessier/ Reuters; II: Stephen Goodenaugh/ Associated Press; III: Hiroyuki Hirai)
  • Art of the Moment

    • Juan Gatti, artifice of "perverse art", was recently comissioned by Faena to create a mural that now overlooks Collins Avenue, Miami.

    Juan Gatti: The Wicked Artist / 

    Juan Gatti was born in Buenos Aires. When he was teenager, he began to make a name for himself designing record covers for iconic porteño rock bands. When he was approaching his 30s he moved to Madrid and made this city his operation base. The 80s were an interesting time in the Spanish Capital with La Movida and El Destape – the names given to post Franco openness and cultural awakening- taking over all artistic expressions. After many years of conservative policies, there was a lot to be said.

    During those years, Gatti met Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar. Their collaboration, often compared to that of Hitchcock and Saul Bass, resulted in the creation of one of the most relevant film aesthetics of the 20th century.

    His talent has made him one of the most respected artists of his time, excelling in photography, design, and painting as well.  His trademark style, a potent blend of kitsch and pop, has crowned him as the king of  “perverse art” as he likes to call it.

    His work has been commissioned by Faena and the collaboration has resulted in the powerful murals that rise above Collins Avenue and wrap the Collaboratory with tales of Mythical Lands and fountains of Eternal Youth. 

    Tagged: Juan Gatti, contemporary art, Argentinian artists
  • Art of the Moment

    • Designed by the architect David Chipperfield, the museum was inaugurated at the end of last year.

    Fundación Jumex opens a new Contemporary Art museum in Mexico City / 

    The internationally renowned and award-winning architect, David Chipperfield, recently developed his first project in Latin America: the new Jumex Museum, which opened its doors for the first time in late 2013. The imposing 6,700 square metre building features plenty of space for exhibitions, gatherings and enjoying art. The complex is comprised by a basement, a ground floor, three other levels and an innovative virtual space.

    The Jumex Contemporary Art Foundation (Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo (FJAC)) has been promoting artistic potential in Mexico, and the world, for twelve years. Through commissions and acquisitions it has amassed one of the most impressive collections in Latin America where minimal art from the Sixties and Seventies is predominant. The foundation is also in charge of organising contests that develop and foster artistic creations in different formats.

    It is located in Mexico City and it is already considered one of the best contemporary art museums in the world, which will hopefully attract some art aficionados, as well as creators, curators and researchers interested in establishing new liaisons with the institution. When they first began, the foundation’s collection was placed in the company’s factory, but merely a decade later the experimental art works are moving to the museum, even if the original gallery will continue to host exhibitions.

    For further information surrounding the Jumex Gallery, the museum and their events, you can visit their official website. We suggest you also visit their virtual museum, a platform that specialises in digital and multimedia projects. This is undoubtedly a fortunate event for the foundation and for Latin American art; the new museum will create new opportunities for artists and art lovers by featuring inspiring cultural activities. 

    Tagged: art, contemporary art, museums, Fundación Jumex
  • Art of the Moment

    • This artist has inspired her followers, who have identified with her work for over three decades.

    An emotive retrospective at the Guggenheim recognises the work of Carrie Mae Weems / 

    When we stand before the work of Carrie Mae Weems (1953) we find ourselves in the presence of a manifesto of freedom and expression. This artist’s creations are driven by the commitment she has made to herself and her audience. The complexity of her oeuvre is reflected in the subjects she deals with: sexuality, racism, gender, class and social conflicts, the art of this creator has been appreciated throughout the world, and now the Guggenheim in New York is offering a vast retrospective.

    At the very beginning of her career she developed a well-structured visual narrative, which she has continued to employ in her pieces. She creates photographic installations that tell a story, she narrates encounters, dialogue, suffering and hope. Her ideas have been supported by different media such photography, audio, text, installation and, more recently, video. Her pieces are a sensitive invitation to reflect on the social dynamics that happen on a regular basis, she presents her audience with different points of view that give rise to an empathetic bond to the portrayed subjects and the stories they partake in.

    Using other people’s lives, her portraits draw viewers in emotionally allowing them to experience new perspectives and understanding the same problem. Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video, is a glimpse at the extensive career of this polemic and committed artist. The exhibition will begin on January 24 and will close it in March, it will mainly feature her photographic work, and however, other media employed by Weems will also be on display. ‘Kitchen Table Series’ (1990) one of her most iconic and innovative pieces is at the forefront of the exhibition.

    In the thirty years of her career, the search for justice and equality has been a self-discovery path for Weems; she has freed herself or approached profound questions that now are the source of inspiration for a huge following that has found a form of relief in her artistic creations.

    Tagged: Carrie Mae Weems, photography, exhibitions, Guggenheim New York Credits: Images (I: Family Reunion) (II: Untitled (woman and daughter with makeup)) (III: Untitled (box spring in tree))
  • Art of the Moment

    • The artist Liliana Porter presents an installation that uncovers the materials that sustain the myth of modernity in the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano of Buenos Aires.

    The Man with the Axe: a metaphor of modernity’s ruins / 

    Modernity is perhaps one of the greatest civilising myths, even if its artifices pretended it wasn’t. As Jacques Lacan has asserted, elaborating on Claude Lévi Strauss’ concept of the myth, the myth is a construction of language that gives a name to that which otherwise would be impossible to name, a circumlocution that, in the case of modernity, bestowed human’s persistent need to seem better than he actually is at the expense of his deficiencies and faults, which he denies or hides, but that will eventually resurface.

    Liliana Porter has created an intelligent metaphor that portrays this tension, particular to modernity, El hombre con el hacha y otras situaciones breves (“The man with the axe and other brief states”), which will be displayed in the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires until February 24, 2014.

    The main piece, which the installation is named after, can be described as miniature figure that represents a man in a white suit and a black hat, who is holding an axe above his head, as if he was about to strike something. Since the gesture involves the entire body, the concentration of the mind, and a person who is focused on executing a single task, is extremely dramatic, however, its mute eloquence increases when we realise that this little man has given into an appalling destruction, he leaves behind him a long trail of ruins that begins with miniature ceramic objects, as small as he is, and continues a material in crescendo that continues to grow until it culminates in a deteriorated and inverted piano. In the interim, other fragment of debris —a sickle and a hammer, a gardener that waters the porcelain plates’ plants, a miniature reproduction of the moment when John F. Kennedy got in the presidential car, where he would eventually die, soldiers and ships, surreal miners, the image of a conventional marriage, and many more minimal images— appear to be inscribed in chaos and disorder, but are actually there with the purpose of making sense of the spoils.

    Borges once wrote that if all books were destroyed, except those by Thomas de Quincey, using the latter it would be possible to reconstruct Western civilisation. Borges, at least in this sense, was an optimist, especially if we were to compare this statement to Porter’s perspective, where said civilisation is already built on ruins, and that the dreams of modernity are built from this debris.

    Tagged: modernity, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Liliana Porter, installations
  • Art of the Moment

    • To pay homage to one of the greatest abstract painters of all times, the London museum will feature his most important works.

    Tate Modern exhibits the wonderful oeuvre of Paul Klee / 

    Few creators are as representative of art’s playful spirit as Paul Klee. Brandishing his palette and geometric freedom, this magical painter encourages the viewer to participate in a game of the mind and eyesight amazement. Perhaps this is why his works became a great source of inspiration for the creators of the great vanguards and their contemporaries.

    Paul Klee was not intimidated by the fact that a terrible war seized his work. He continued to paint even though the Nazis considered his creations to be degenerate. Together with his colleagues from the Blaue Reiter movement, he transformed the course of history through whimsical forms and colours.

    Now we have the opportunity to appreciate his work like never before. With an exhibition that gathers the most significant works by the artist, Tate Modern presents from October to the 9th of May 2014, The EY Exhibition: Paul Klee - Making Visible, which honours this author’s transcendence. To widen this experience, the museum is organising conferences and workshops that delve deeply into Klee’s artistic discourse.

    Undoubtedly, the primitive forms that emerged from this painter’s imagery are as relevant as they are oneiric; they deal with creative and spiritual matters and remind us of humankind’s important connection to a distant past. 

    Tagged: painters, Paul Klee, Paul Klee Tate Modern, twentieth century art
  • Arte del Momento

    • Para rendir homenaje a uno de los más grandes pintores abstractos de todos los tiempos se muestran sus obras más relevantes en Londres.

    El Tate Modern exhibe la magnífica obra Paul Klee / 

    Pocos creadores son tan representativos del espíritu lúdico del arte como lo es Paul Klee. Este mágico pintor incita, con su paleta y libertad geométrica, al juego de la mente y asombro de la vista. Tal vez por eso sus obras sirvieron de inspiración para grandes creadores de vanguardia y contemporáneos.

    Para Paul Klee no fue intimidante que una terrible guerra atentara contra su trabajo. Siguió pintando a pesar de que su arte era considerado, por los nazis, como degenerado. Y junto con sus colegas integrantes del “Jinete Azul”, transformó el curso de la historia, a través de caprichosas formas y colores.

    Ahora tenemos la oportunidad de apreciar el trabajo de Paul Klee como nunca antes. Con una muestra que reúne obras significativas del artista, la Tate Modern presenta desde octubre hasta el 9 de marzo del 2014, The EY Exhibition: Paul Klee - Making Visible, muestra que honra la trascendencia de este autor. Para ampliar la experiencia, el museo organiza pláticas y talleres que ahondan en el discurso artístico de Klee.

    Sin duda, las primitivas formas que emergieron del imaginario de este pintor, son relevantes como materia onírica, creativa y espiritual y nos recuerdan la importante conexión de la humanidad con el pasado distante.

    Tagged: arte del siglo XX, pintores, Paul Klee, exposiciones, Tate

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