June 7 - November, 2019
Pere Daura Room
Curator: Bernat Puigdollers
The work of Jordi Alcaraz (Calella, Barcelona, 1963) is the perfect confluence of form, poetic and concept. Using very diverse materials –methacrylate, ink, iron– he breaks, from the genre itself, the limits of painting, sculpture and engraving. From material evokes the idea not yet formulated, the aura of the object, he transforms and deforms reality, recreates it and thinks it with touch and hands. Heir to the Catalan artistic tradition of the last fifty years, Alcaraz’s work is related to Brossa’s irony and poetics, Tàpies’ material and Llena’s ethereal character. This exhibition at the Museum of Montserrat shakes the commonly accepted concept of painting and takes us into a reflection about the creative fact itself, identity and reality.
December 2019 - April 2020
Pere Daura Room
Curator: José Corredor-Matheos
Jordi Isern (Barcelona, 1962) has based his artistic work in recent years on the reflection on the look of painting. How he and the public see it, and how the painting looks at us. The artist is concerned with generating a perceptive and transcendent climate for the viewer, and his exhibitions-scenarios aim to generate spaces where the work can be breathed deeply. This is also the purpose of the show that he prepares for the Museum of Montserrat. Isern seeks a meditative experience, a reflective space about the meaning of human existence, evoking one's own body, fears and longings. “I paint to reconstruct I do not know what exactly, but I feel like a tracker, like an archaeologist who investigates, who looks for tracks, marks, clues of not evident dimensions in the simplest, everyday things, in the inevitable transit of bodies and things”, he says.
Jordi Isern lives in Sant Iscle d’Empordà (Girona, Catalonia). He has a PhD in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona. He obtained the grants of Plastic Arts of the Generalitat of Catalonia (1985) and the painting one of the Fundació Güell (1986). Among others, he has been awarded the 1st Honda Painting Prize (2007) and the 1st Painting Prize of the Vila Casas Foundation (2010). In recent years he has developed the Origin project at the Museu de la Garrotxa in Olot and in various areas of Girona. He has also participated in the Travelling Exhibitions of the Diputació de Girona.
Photo: MANEL LLADÓ / EL PUNT AVUI
November 2019-March 2020
Pere Pruna Art Space
Curator: Albert Mercadé
Gerard Mas. The offering
Irony and acquiescence, archaism and subversion are some of the artistic principles that distinguish the sculptural work of Gerard Mas. The exhibition wants to emphasize the different registers used by the Catalan sculptor in his concern for sacred things, such as hieratism, bestiaries, wax technique, childish ingenuity or the existential and popular dimension of ex-votos.
Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Girona, Catalonia, 1976.
He studied sculpture and stone carving at the Llotja School of Art in Barcelona (1998-2001).
He graduated in Conservation and Restoration at the Superior School of Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Assets of Catalonia (Barcelona, 1998).
He currently lives and works in Barcelona.
Foto: VANESSA MIRALLES
Pere Pruna Art Space
Jaume Plensa will install a sculpture at the atrium of the basilica of Montserrat in May 2019. It will culminate, as well, the restoration of this space (cleaning of sculptural materials and wall paintings and, above all, repairing of the marble pavement) that has been carried out during the last months. Coinciding with the installation of this piece on the outside, the artist will also star in an exhibition at the Montserrat Museum, with a selection of drawings and engravings that we also plan to inaugurate during the month of May.
Jaume Plensa (Barcelona, 1955) is an artist of materials, sensations and ideas. His references embrace literature, poetry, music and thought. He considers himself, above all, a sculptor, although his creative process has gone through multiple disciplines. His works address the very condition of being: its physical and spiritual essence, himself consciousness and past, his moral codes and dogmas and his relationship with nature. Plensa’s work has obtained a great international repercussion: he exhibits regularly in galleries and museums of Europe, the United States and Asia. And a very significant part of his work is the one he develops for public spaces, there are pieces installed permanently all over the world: Spain, France, Japan, England, Korea, Germany, Canada, United States, China, etc.
Photo: Jaume Plensa - photography: Inés Baucells @ Plensa Studio Barcelona