International Archives 2nd half of 2014
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Exhibition 29 October 2014 -
The Botín Foundation hosts until 1 March 2015 the exhibition Apparent Order (Poetical-
Curated by Vicente Todolí, President of the Foundation’s Visual Arts Advisory Committee, the exhibition explores the recent output (2009–14) of one of the most original and acclaimed artists to have been born after the Cuban Revolution in the decade of the sixties.
Nearly 35 works, made in a range of media—including installation, video, photography, sculpture, pop-
The exhibition features some of the artist’s most representative pieces produced in the last decade including a collection of works which reveal a strikingly individual language when it comes to broaching loaded political subjects such as Las Joyas de la Corona (The Crown Jewels, 2009) or other more poetic approaches such as Jardín (Garden) from the suite called La ciudad vista desde la mesa de casa (The City Seen from the Table at Home, 1998) and Porque toda ciudad tiene derecho a llamarse Utopía (Because Every City Has the Right to be Called Utopia, 2001). Additionally, the exhibition displays some of the artist’s latest creations, such as Escala 1:1 (Scale 1:1, 2014), from the suite called Edificios parlantes, (Talking Buildings, 2011) and his new suite of drawings called Infames casas ocultas (Infamous Hidden Houses, 2014), among others.
On display, alongside these works, there is a piece designed specifically for the exhibition at the Botín Foundation in Santander: Proyecto Frágil (Santander) (Fragile Project (Santander), 2014), which recreates a large port city with its geography, ships and cranes using thin sheets of glass held together by magnets. This type of piece, which the artist has been developing since 2010, reflects the fragility of the city and of certain areas exploited for their economic or political potential. Garaicoa made a similar project for Cockatoo Island for the Biennale of Sydney 2013 in which he reproduced the Haus der Kunst Museum of Munich, where the famous Degenerate Art exhibition took place during the fascist regime.
Orden aparente (Poético-
To mark the complementary exhibitions Orden Aparente (Poético-
The exhibition at the Botín Foundation features works from the artist’s own collection, from the art galleries that represent him—Elba Benítez (Madrid), Galleria Continua (San Gimignano/Beijing/Les Moulins) and Galeria Luisa Strina (São Paulo), as well as from private collections in Spain, Brazil, Portugal and Italy.