October 3, 2019 – January 6, 2020
Museum of Montserrat
Bill Viola (New York, 1951) is one of the most notable and renowned artists on the international scene. Regarded as a pioneer of video art, he uses sophisticated audiovisual technologies with great mastery to explore and express his constant interest in what it means to be human and in the transitory nature of life.
The Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation promotes next fall the exhibition Bill Viola. Mirrors of the unseen. The Museum of Montserrat is one of the institutions that collaborates and will exhibit the work Observance (2002). With the intention of decentralizing the event, besides Montserrat will also participate Bòlit – Contemporary Art Centre in Girona and the Episcopal Museum of Vic. There will be also activities at the Palau de la Música and the Gran Teatre del Liceu, in Barcelona.
Photography: © Bill Viola Studio
November 15, 2019 - March 1, 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.
Photo: © VANESSA MIRALLES
December 13, 2019 - May 3, 2020
Pere Daura Room
Curator: José Corredor-Matheos
Memory of forgetfulness
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
ÀLEX DE FLUVIÀ
March 13 - June 21, 2020
Pere Pruna Art Space
Curator: Jimena Flores
Work by Catalan artist Àlex de Fluvià (1966-2015) is a hybrid of different cultural observations experienced during long trips, contrasted with his deep Mediterranean roots. In his paintings, the random, the repetition and superimposition of signs are mixed to produce a universal artwork.
De Fluvià’s visual language evolves in New York, Cairo, Tokyo and Dubai creating abstract paintings that highlight the beauty of the graphic forms of language where the writing loses its literal meaning.
His interest in the gestural research of the calligraphic stroke leads him to create surfaces constructed from dense and rhythmic patterns where collage, marks, graffiti and colours produce tensions to transmit his conceptual base.
The exhibition that will host the Museum of Montserrat will present a retrospective on the most relevant topics to the artist, such as uncertainty, duality, contradiction and hope.