Joan Jonas in Fundación Botín Santander

 

 

Joan Jonas: flow or river, flight or route, in Botín Foundation (Santander) from 25 June to 16 October 2016, is the first exhibition of the artist in Spain since the retrospective of the MACBA in Barcelona in 2007, and always it is a good time to regain her committed, brave and absolutely personal work. "The performance art is the tool I use to build an object that exists only in time, which is reflected with my body. For me, performance art is a kind of three-dimensional poetry created live in space", as she assured in an interview.

 

 

 

Joan Jonas (New York 1936) is a pioneer in the performance art, experimental film and video installation, and presents in Santander a multimedia installation conceived specifically for the space of the Botín Foundation and in which the artist reflects about the complex relationship human being with nature and the environment, a constant theme in her career as research from other cultures and rituals (specifically, Jonas is an expert on Kabuki and No Japanese theater).

 

 

 

The exhibition, curated by Benjamin Weil, artistic director of the Center Botin, also includes a selection of videos documenting five of the most important performances of the artist: Lines in the Sand (2002); The Shape, The Scent, The Feel of Things (2004-2006); Reading Dante (2007-2010); Reanimation (2012); and They Come to Us without a Word (2015). This set of works gives visitors a unique perspective of the creative universe of this key figure of the New York avant-garde of the late sixties and early seventies.

 

 

 

 

She has participated six times in the Documenta in Kassel, she represented US in the last Bienal of Venice and she has received numerous awards worldwide. She teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) since 1998, and is Emeritus at MIT Program Arts, Culture and Technology, within the School of Architecture and Planning. It is an honor to meet her in Spain.

 


 

In Art Madrid, we love art in all its aspects. Therefore, on the occasion of our 15th anniversary and thanks to Cooltourspain.com , visitors at Art Madrid’20 will have the possibility to enjoy a free guided tour of urban art to discover the street art hidden by Lavapiés, one of the most multicultural and colourful neighbourhoods of Madrid.

With the code ARTMADRID2020

and your ticket to the Art Madrid’20 fair, you can enjoy "Street art Tour Lavapiés" for free, on days 26th, 27th and 28th of February at 11:00 a.m. The capacity is limited, so do not doubt, book your place at Cooltourspain.com Once the confirmation is received, you just have to go with your open eyes to enjoy this magnificent experience.

Street art is the expression of art in public spaces either in the form of murals in restored buildings; graffiti; street painting or curated artistic actions. What are the backstories of each artist? What are the social issues affecting our city? This social, cultural and educational project was born in 2016 to answer these questions and show the message hidden by the works of art of so many national and international artists who have painted the Embajadores neighbourhood. It became the first daily street art tour in Madrid.

Cooltourspain will show you the Spanish capital in an alternative way and its guides will share their knowledge about the best street art in the Lavapiés and Malasaña areas. In the same way, its Foundation collaborates with non-profit projects and local associations so that people at risk of social exclusion can learn the techniques used by Madrid graffiti artists. The tour lasts two hours and begins at the Valle Inclán Theater Entrance.