"Fear not, she says. When art reveals mystical truths "it is the exhibition that recovers the mark and the importance of Saint Teresa of Jesus as a writer, reformer and mystic woman
The National Sculpture Museum, on the occasion of the V Centenary of the birth of Teresa of Jesus, first opened together three Colegio de San Gregorio, Villena Palace and the Casa del Sol -the headquarters - to host this tribute to Santa and women whose spirituality and mysticism has influenced many artists of all disciplines.
"Fear not, she says" can be seen in this privileged position of Valladolid until February 28, 2016 and includes the participation of 21 contemporary artists selected by curator Rosa Martinez, director and curator of international biennials such as Venice or Istanbul and now in charge of this exhibition, among which are: Marina Abramovic, Anila Quayyum Agha, José Ramón Ais, Pilar Albarracín, Francis Alÿs, Miquel Barceló, Dora Garcia, Cai Guo-Qiang, Anish Kapoor, Waqas Khan, Kimsooja Cristina Lucas, Bruce Nauman, Nikos Navridis, Eglé Rakauskaité, Soledad Sevilla, Josefa Tolrá, Eulalia Valldosera and Bill Viola.
Some of them have created specific works for this exhibition and others have mixed their works with unique pieces from the historical collection of the Museum, being an eclectic displays of ceramics, drawing, video, performance, installations and interventions in public space.
"The exhibition it is not intended as a narrative or descriptive exercise on the life of Teresa of Avila, but claim her status and her word as a woman. The selected works are connected with her audacity, boldness and tenacity to realize that the most important mission of every being is to find the purpose of life itself. And that purpose is precisely the force that drives artists to shape their visions, again and again, testing, destroying and restarting. The conscious and continued cultivation of their own gifts make the artists undertake ways to try to reach the ecstasy of true creation [...] The artists and works in this exhibition demonstrate their multiple ways of approaching the mystery of existence, as indicated by the subtitle of the exhibition: "When art reveals mystical truths". Mysticism is a difficult way of approaching reality and it is understood as the highest, the truest, the mystery of communion between self and the whole. "
Rosa Martinez. Fear not, she says (text from the book published on the occasion of the exhibition)