Andrea Torres Balaguer
July 7 – November, 2018
Pere Pruna Art Space
Curator: Bernat Puigdollers
The work of Andrea Torres Balaguer (Barcelona, 1990) has achieved, despite her youth, a good acceptance by the public. Her photographs, of a contained surrealism, bathed in a side light and diffuse that gives the whole of his work auras of mystery, are inspired by the baroque painting. It does not leave any composition in the hands of chance. Torres Balaguer, with resonances of Magritte, Vermeer or Leibovitz, creates a calculated reality –the limit between reality and fiction– where all present elements evoke through the symbol something much deeper and with a will to transcendence. Symbology, femininity, reality and dream will be combined in the Pere Pruna Art Space of the Museum of Montserrat in this exhibition to delve into the mysterious and intimate world of Torres Balaguer's photographs.
March 10 - June 24, 2018
Pere Pruna Art Space
Curator: Anna Pujadas
In this exhibition Maria Bofill has focused on the mountain, always keeping in mind Montserrat, the mountain of her life because it is the mountain of her country, that is, of her landscape and that is why it is her soul. Bofill offers us mountains of ceramics; some are literal, miniatures of mountains in porcelain or stoneware; others collect the sense of the mountains but through other forms (such as chapiters or clouds). And what is this sense? They could be considered a variant of the houses of the soul, those first discovered by W. M. Flinders Petrie in the early 20th century and that were ceramic models that were placed on the tombs in ancient Egypt. First they were ceramic models only of tables with food and then models of architectural structures within which the food was sheltered and the one who ate was sheltered. It was understood that the soul ascended from the tomb crossing the ground that was above and needed shelter and food before embarking on its journey, stopping in that ceramic space to stock up for travel. The mountains of the soul of Maria Bofill are associated with this concept because they are spaces to contain our spirit, protect it and nourish it in our vital journey. They are not spaces to contemplate or to manipulate but to inhabit, to travel, although not with the feet, but with the imagination.Maria Bofill (Barcelona, 1937)
Trained at the Massana School, where she was a teacher from 1965 until she retired in 2002, she has a long career as a ceramist with exhibitions around the world and study stays in the main ceramics research centers worldwide. Thus, she has attended as guest professor in the Sunderland Polytechnic of Art and Design (Sunderland, England), Kyoto City University of Arts (Kyoto, Japan), Veracruzana University of Xalapa (Veracruz, Mexico), Hartwich College of Oneonta (New York, USA), Triennale de la Porcelaine (Nyon, Switzerland), University of Haifa (Israel), European Ceramics Work Center (Hertogenbosch, Holland), Atelier de Céramique Artistique Méditerranéenne (Hammamet, Tunisia) and International Symposium of Ceramics of Siklos (Hungary), among others. She has been awarded in several competitions and her work is part of prestigious art collections.
Ràfols Casamada and Maria Girona
October 2018 – April 2019
Pere Daura Room
Curator: Bernat Puigdollers
Albert Ràfols Casamada (Barcelona, 1923-2009) and Maria Girona (Barcelona, 1923-2015) belong to the generation of artists formed during the first years of the Spanish postwar period. Both, in this difficult and little stimulating context of the first Francoism, fought, along with many other artists of their generation, to energize it and build a modern and free cultural environment. This exhibition will delve into some of the most relevant initiatives of their artistic career –the founding of the group "Els Vuit", the October Shows, the foundation of Eina School, etc. We’ll focus as well in their common life events such as the study trip to Paris, a scholarship by the French Institute, or the past summers in Calaceite and Cadaqués, reflection of two complementary lives. The exhibition affects their artistic beginnings and delves into a life in common dedicated to art, the relationships and connections of their works, apparently opposed, divergent, but at the same time intimately linked. This exhibition also wants to be a vindication of the work and figure of Maria Girona, normally in the background, who, in addition to creating a quality work of her own, she also played a decisive role in this process of renewal of postwar art.
Photo: MARTÍ GASULL I ABELLÁN
November 2018 – February 2019
Pere Pruna Art Space
Curator: Teresa Blanch
Salvador Juanpere (Reus, 1953) is an outstanding sculptor of the Catalan art scene who has developed a unique language around the sculptor's trade. He uses a great technical virtuosity that connects him with classical traditions, precisely to place the sculptural work conceptually in a state of suspension from the humanism that characterized him in previous periods. In this finalist, annoying process, which would have reached the sculptural modernity at the end of 20th century, the artist reactivates lovingly and at the same time critically what has constituted him inside: the pedestals, the tools, the resources of the statuary, the tools to transport it, the leftover materials, etc. They are all reproduced literally with hard materials (marble, iron, steel, stone, concrete or bronze). The model ends up being the own circumstance and contingency of the workshop, which Juanpere homologates with the sculptural work sustained within a long temporality populated by his admired sculptors (J. Oteiza, C. Brancusi, A. Giacometti, the Bernini orbit, J. Beuys, G. Penone, the Povera ...), with which he establishes well-visible links that oscillate dialectically between the homage and the discussion of his artistic principles. To relate to them and also to poets, mathematicians, thinkers and historical religious thoughts, Juanpere is allied with the textual. The words are, for him, an important support of living plasticity that coexists naturally with sculptural matter, in intricate reflection games that involve and intensely engage the viewer. We’ll be able to see a good sample of his creation in this exhibition at the Museum of Montserrat.
Photo: ALAN CARRASCO
April 20 – October 21, 2018
Pere Daura Room
Curator: Aina Mercader
In Can Maginet, located in Les Gunyoles (Avinyonet del Penedès, Barcelona), the impressive Sculpture Park of Enrique Asensi is displayed. Between the vineyards and surrounding the artist's house-workshop, monumental volumes of stone and iron sprout. They are strong pieces erected as totems, reminiscent of constructions such as menhirs or ziggurats. In some cases, cracks in the stone or iron, small openings like loopholes, transform the sculptures into doors that frame or highlight certain portions of the landscape, aligning with the horizon, with a path, or passing a ray of light. The most hermetic ones can get to mimic or act almost like a mirror reverberating the environment, forcing, in turn, games of concealment and shadows.
Asensi always works with iron "corten", a material of brownish tonalities. But in the quarry he chooses the piece according to the different pigmentations. Some slabs can be converted –with more or less chisel intervention– into what he calls "wall works". Often combined with steel, and supported by a wall, they become suggestive pictorial sculptures. In parallel, the sculptor paints with hot wax paintings that work autonomously but that sometimes turn out to be sketches for future monuments.
This exhibition aims to be an approach to the geometric abstraction of Asensi, who also flirts with pictorial gestures. It will show a selection of his production inside, sheltered by the imposing beams and girders by architect Puig i Cadafalch that support the room.
Enrique Asensi (Valencia, 1950) was trained at the San Carlos Academy of Fine Arts in Valencia. In 1977 he moved to Germany, where he discovered abstract sculpture. It is in this country where most of his career takes place. His work occupies public spaces in different cities and towns throughout Europe. In addition, he has exhibited individually and collectively in galleries and art centers in Germany and Spain. He lives between Cologne and Les Gunyoles.