Art Madrid'24 – Max Bill in the Abstract Art Museum of Cuenca

 

The Museum of Abstract Art of Cuenca hosts the exhibition "Max Bill: artworks multiplied as original (1938-1994)", a magnificent example to know the 'concrete art' of this Swiss artist.

From June 24 to September 18 the spacious rooms of the Museum of Abstract Art will serve to approach the vast universe of the versatile artist Max Bill (1908-1994) which also was a painter and graphic designer architect, sculptor, publicist and educator.

 
 

 
 

Trained at the Bauhaus with teachers such as Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky and Josef Albers, Max Bill stressed soon as a researcher with theories about what was 'concrete art' , as Theo Van Doesburg advanced years before. Concretism was based on the total liberation of Abstract forms with any association with reality because, for them, the lines and the colors are sufficiently interesting for themselves.

 
 

 

 

Shapes, color, spot color, multiplicity and essence, the exhibition developes, with the guidance of the artist's son Jakob Bill, one of the leading experts in the work of his father, this is one of the few exhibitions dedicated in Spain to his graphic, multiple, experimental and diverse work, that has been synthesized in the hanging houses of Cuenca.

 

 
 
 

The exhibition "Max Bill: artworks multiplied as original (1938-1994)" is based on a text by the author in which dissects the concept of "originality" in the age of mechanical reproduction, very in tune with Benjamin, and offers the opportunity to see more than a hundred graphic works (121) and paints (7) around the notion of "form"/"shape", pillar of the theoretical research of the artist and his engine as an artist, architect and designer.

 

 

Estel Boada. Courtesy of the artist.

INTERCESSIONS. PERFORMANCE CYCLE X TARA FOR WOMEN



Art Madrid celebrates its 19th edition from March 6 to 10, 2024 at the Galería de Cristal of the Palacio de Cibeles. During the Art Week, Art Madrid becomes an exhibition platform for national and international galleries and artists. With the intention of creating a space of expression for emerging artists, our fair has joined forces with the Tara For Women Foundation, which, in its mission to empower and strengthen talented women, becomes a collaborator of Art Madrid's renewed Parallel Program with the Performance Cycle: Intercessions X Tara For Women.

PERFORMANCE STAND, BY ME. ESTEL BOADA


Saturday - March 8 - 19:00h. Galería de Cristal of the Palacio de Cibeles.



They say that in order to succeed, a stand has to be well located, innovative, tidy, have a good, clean and clear image, we can't let it go unnoticed, it has to stand out from the competition, generate curiosity and space for personal interaction. Well, after 19 years, the perfect stand has arrived, he doesn't know it yet, but it has been an exclusive creation to stand out at the fair.

Performance of Pfff Historia d'una Fitball. Documentation. 2023.

His name is Stanley, he is 19 years old and he is... human.

Stand, by Me is a performance that wants to address the responsibility and the position of an art fair stand in an ironic and burlesque way.

"Stanley", our main character, created to live and die at the fair, doesn't know what the outside is, but he knows all about the strengths and weaknesses of this mobile architecture.

Unlike his family made of plasterboard, wood, glass and PVC, Stanley is human matter and therefore feels different from the rest. He tries to be like the rest of the stands: smooth, straight, monotonous, silent... But it is impossible, he has to understand that his strength is his uniqueness.

Through a corporal and vocal exploration, she finds the way to express herself and communicate with others, generating curiosity, empathy and humor.

Stand, By Me. Documentation. 2024.



ABOUT THE ARTIST

ESTEL BOADA. Mataró, Barcelona, 1991

Estel Boada is a multifaceted artist who addresses past, present and future issues in an ironic and burlesque way. Trained in Fine Arts, her work includes design, drawing, performance, among others... After studying Fine Arts, she is interested in design, drawing, performance, space, collectivity and voice. Playing with humor, absurdity and trash, Estel always ends up talking in a burlesque way about her life as a frustrated diva. Her performances include "Kslkkda" (Virreina and Can Balaguer), "Vital el Musical" (Antic Teatre + NyamNyam), "Esperit de Clor" at MAC (Mataró), "El Hechizo" (Residencia #Ey!MAD), "De Kathedraal: historia de la construcción" (Nau Estruch) and "PERTÚ (la ofrenda)", awarded by BCN Producció-La Capella, among others. His performance "Stand, by Me" ironizes the responsibility and position of an art fair stand by personifying "Stanley", a human being in a context designed for material structures. The work highlights uniqueness versus uniformity in the art world.