Donostiartean, new Contemporary Art Fair at the Kursaal in San Sebastián

A new art fair in San Sebastián comes with two clear objectives: to boost the national and international contemporary art and establish itself as a model of fair benchmark. The first edition of San Sebastian Artean take place from 7 to 11 August in the representative of the Kursaal Congress Palace, architectural work of Rafael Moneo. 

 

The DonostiArtean organizing team is led by Scarpellini family, Marta and Ignacio, directors of Gaudi Madrid Gallery. They point out that the fair has been created under four pillars: rigor, professionalism, quality and closeness, and to be established as a fresh, dynamic and high-quality fair. To reinforce this idea, it has an Advisory Committee consisting of professionals in the cultural and artistic world: Iñigo Arístegui (designer and sculptor), Cristina Beloqui (Director of Art and Heritage Kutxa Fundazioa), Javier Diaz Guardiola (Cultural Journalist ABC) Juan Martinez Barefoot (gallery), Aitor Mendizabal (sculptor) and Ane Rodríguez (Cultural Director Tabakalera). 

 
The fair has two distinct sections: one for art galleries and one for artist books. Thirty-four exhibitors make up the program of art galleries, two of which are foreigners; Deux Gallery (South Korea) and Leizorovici Galerie (Paris). Seven basque galleries participate in the fair: Adn Project, Argucho Iruretagoyena, Arkupe, Arteztu, Gure Gazteluak Cultural Association, Conde Rodezno, The Study and Ispilu Art. Eight galleries travels from Madrid to San Sebastian: Eka Art Gallery, Lorenart, Montsequi, Draft Inn, Quorum, Ruizanglada, Arrow and Gaudí. Catalonia also have a presence at the show with six galleries from Barcelona: Crisolart, Conde Rodezno, Limited Editions Gallery, Legaxart, Espai Lluis Ribas and Sky Art Gallery. Other regions will also be represented: Javier Román (Málaga), Lorenzo Colomo (Valladolid ) 6 and C6 Cervantes Gallery (Oviedo), Pillars (Cuenca), Rodrigo Juarranz (Aranda del Duero), Fortuarte.es (Cuenca), Valentin Kovatchev (Málaga), Van Dyck (Gijón), Spiral (Cantabria), Marmurán (Alcázar de San Juan, Ciudad Real). 
 
In the Artist Books section there will be seven exhibitors: Books Bosch (Madrid) Art Baubles (Mérida), Fotolito Books (Madrid), Red Fox Books (Barcelona), Liya Huang (Madrid), Point Paper (Murcia) and terraz (Madrid). 
 

The performer Abel Azcona will perform in the opening ceremony of DonostiArtean with the show "Reminiscence, The art of memory", in which Abel proposes a performance based on their life experiences, given that arises, with the words of the artist "from memory and exploration of their own and the others ghosts". To receive the public, the sculptor Iñigo Aristegui has placed a large format work at the entrance of the complex, and the dancer and choreographer Mikel Aristegui will be starring in a show of contemporary dance around this. In addition, the actor and filmmaker Jordi Molla is the guest artist of the first edition of DonostiArtean. To complement the exhibition, visitors can enjoy Bideak (Roads), an exhibition at the Kursaal Kutxa comprising 130 works by Eduardo Chillida. 

DonostiArtean it bets for the reinforce of contemporary art and the revitalization of the Spanish and foreign art market. Some of the exhibitors interviewed by the organizers have the belief that will be very positive to promote new values between artists, a meeting place for professionals, and why not, a space to encourage new collectors. 
 
San Sebastian is filled with art and culture for five days with a fresh and dynamic event, in which you can enjoy various artistic actions that will not leave you indifferent.

 

One of the purposes of the “Art Madrid-Proyector’20” program was to offer the opportunity to get to know the work of some invited creators, and, through an interactive talk, allow the public to open a direct dialogue with them. For this reason, from February 12th to 14th, were organised three masterclasses at Medialab Prado with Patxi Araújo, Olga Diego and Lois Patiño, all authors who work with the moving image, but who approach their projects from a diametrically opposite perspective. With this agenda, we were able to discuss three essential lines of current video-creation: the fusion with technology and artificial intelligence, the shaping of performances for documentary purposes and video art with film overtones. We already had the opportunity to remember the session with Patxi Araújo and his site-specific work "Sherezade" created for the Medialab Prado façade. Today we will talk about the meeting we had with Olga Diego and Lois Patiño.

Olga diego, photo by Javier Adiego

Olga Diego’s masterclass has as title: “The flight as a creative matter”. Olga is a multidisciplinary artist who in recent years has focused her work on sculpture and performance or action art, which she later documents with photography and video. This last aspect is one of the most interesting for her when she reflects on how the transformation of the piece from an experiential format to a recorded one takes place, and how individuals have become used to consuming this class of less invasive final products, from a space of comfort that our private devices offer.

One of Olga's main lines of research is related to autonomous flight systems and the creation of artefacts capable of rising with little energy. Can one create a material lighter than air itself? This idea has led her to experiment with numerous scientific forms and concepts, as well as taking a historical journey through the beginnings of flight and the progress of humanity to invent devices capable of flying. It is not just about recovering the history of aviation, something that has a much more technological and commercial side, but to investigate the ideas, experiments and tests that analysed the behaviour of air, the dynamics of flows and the design of individual aerodynamic structures, a concern that the human being showed since the Renaissance, with Leonardo Da Vinci.

Olga Diego, photo by Mario Gutiérrez Cru

Olga recovers many of these concepts and applies them to her recent projects. In her latest proposals, she has also worked with inflatable figures, as an alternative to conducted flight, using plastic materials for its construction. Her last exhibition “The automatic garden”, which could be enjoyed at the Alicante Museum of Contemporary Art and the Lonja del Pescado Exhibition Hall, also in Alicante, is a gigantic installation made up of almost a hundred inflatable-electronic sculptures inspired by the beautiful, extravagant and suggestive characters from the Garden of Earthly Delights, by El Bosco. This cloud of humanoid and zoomorphic figures, which move and beat thanks to the electronic mechanisms that keep them permanently inflated, also portrays the excesses of man, his lack of concern for the invasion of the environment, the overexposure to plastic and the exploitation of natural resources. A composition that focuses on "sin", as an indirect message that was also conveyed in the work of El Bosco.

Masterclass of Lois Patiño. Photo by Marta Suárez-Mansilla

For his part, Lois Patiño's career is intimately connected to film work. “Time and image” was the title of his masterclass. His video pieces, whether brief or feature-long films contain a concern closely linked to film language, but on a path that leaves conventional narratives aside. Among the main motifs that occupy his work, Lois opts for more contemplative aesthetics, where the expressive power of the image itself is prioritised, without seeking too many added effects in conventional cinema through sound effects, dialogues or other devices.





This is why Lois's work is so poetic and lyrical. His proposals incorporate technological innovations to cause very concrete effects in his works, but all of this helps to delve into the issues that concern this creator and that, since his beginnings, have been present in his work.

Lois Patiño, foto de Mario Gutiérrez Cru

Lois Patiño has always been interested in the relationship of the individual with the landscape and how it can modulate our way of behaving in society and determine our idiosyncrasy. To what extent are we dependent on our environment? How is culture defined by its connection to the landscape? These and other questions plague the author's work in which many contemplative images abound.

In addition, Lois presented us in scoop the trailer for his latest feature-long film "Lúa vermella" that a few days after the masterclass was officially presented at the Berlinale - International Film Festival in Berlin 2020.