Hyperrealistic sculpture in Bilabo

 

 

 

The BBK Hall of Bilbao Fine Arts Museum is designed, right now, for generate many questions. The first: Is it reality? The second: How is that possible?... and up to 34 as the 34 works shown in the exhibition "Hyperrealistic Sculpture 1973-2016" which brings together the 26 main authors of the hyperrealist movement worldwide.

 

 

 

 

The selection of works - carried out by the curator Otto Letze with pieces from international collections through the mediation of the Institute for Cultural Exchange in Tubingen (Germany) - ranges from American pioneers as George Segal, Duane Hanson and John DeAndrea, to the international dissemination movement with the Spanish Juan Muñoz, Maurizio Cattelan, Ron Mueck, Sam Jinks and Patricia Piccinini or Canadian Evan Penny. It is also presented for the first time, the play "Lisa" by John DeAndrea. This is the first exhibition in Spain that shows the depth review of human figuration along the more than fifty years of existence of hyperrealism.

 

 

 

 

Modeling, cast, paint, resins, clays, waxes, fabrics, artificial hair, these materials allow hyperrealist artists an approach to the human body in a vivid and faithful manner but from different approaches, always trying to show something of the inner life of the figure.

 

 

 

The exhibition is segmented into different sections: "human Replicas", "Monochrome Sculptures", "Body Parts", "The game of dimensions" and "distorted Realities". With them, occurs a diversification of meanings and issues around the body from the body as mirror of the soul, to issues of identity and normality, the revision of social classes, movement and bodies in space, voyeurism, surrealism dreamlike, fragility and relativity of life.

 

 


 

The CEART opens this Thursday, November 14th in the room A an exhibition dedicated to this master of photography, which will be open to the public until February 9th. The show includes one of the artist's latest projects, focused on the hard work carried out by the miners of Serra Pelada, an open gold mine in the heart of Brazil where employees daily risked their lives.

Immigration, poverty, marginal life, slave labour, man's relationship with the land, the use of natural resources... are issues that have always fascinated Salgado. From the beginning of his career as a photographer, his work has opted to give visibility to the most disadvantaged groups and to create with his images a vivid and impressive visual story without fakes. With a raw black and white, this author's work transits between photo-reportage and naturalistic photography.

And the idea that permeates all his work is human dignity. Salgado portrays employees, miners and gatherers from a purely humanistic approach that wants to value their integrity, their strength and their resilience.

“If you photograph a human, so that he is not represented in a noble way, there is no reason to take the picture. That is my way of seeing things.”

Salgado entered this discipline long after completing his studies in economics between Brazil and the United States, and a doctorate in statistics in France. But in 1973 his life took a turn, and he decided to start his career as a photographer. He achieved to work at the Gamma Agency and Magnum Photos for more than 15 years until in 1994 he founded his own agency “Amazonas Imagen”.

With the “Gold” project, the photographer portrays a harsh reality that takes place in the Serra Pelada mine, a name given to a totally devastated and anarchically excavated mining enclave, the world's largest open-pit gold mine, through which more than 50,000 people have passed. In the heat of the legends about the mysterious “El Dorado”, the enthusiasm for this precious metal led to the development of strenuous exploitation practices for the workers and to originate tales of grief and glory, of human victory and defeat between the soil, the tunnels and the cargo baskets.

The CEART exhibition brings together Salgado's full portfolio in his characteristical black and white and large-format photographs that leave no one indifferent.