NOVELS AND STORIES, MANOLO PRIETO

The covers of Manolo Prieto (1940-1957) in the National Museum of Decorative Arts

 

 

This Spanish painter and sketcher of Cadiz origin (1912-1991) began his career in Madrid around 1930, here he began to work as a draftsman and designer in various advertising agencies. A pioneer in the field of graphic design, he is known primarily for designing the "bull" of the Osborne campaign. This emblem happened to be related to the collective imagination of the towns of Spain. Along with this symbol, has also worked for brands as representative as Iberia, Renfe, Danone, Frigo, Nestlé, Santa Lucía or Trasmediterránea.

 

 

The covers of Manolo Prieto (1940-1957) in the National Museum of Decorative Arts

 

 

This exhibition at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Madrid pays homage to his entire career, with more than 200 works. Curated by Juan Aguilar and Emilio Gil, it offers a great number of activities that will be developed throughout this period. The influx is for public of all kinds, offering a great offer for the dissemination of the work of Prieto. "What tells Novels and Stories. The covers of Manolo Prieto (1940-1957) "brings the viewer to the artist's most unknown work.

 

 

The covers of Manolo Prieto (1940-1957) in the National Museum of Decorative Arts

 

 

The collection, belonging to the Dédalo publishing house, has 618 covers that comprise 17 years of pioneering compositional solutions for its time. Thanks to their contributions in graphic design many of the techniques with which they are counted today have been able to be edited and improved. The exhibition is not only composed of covers, but also includes sketches and proofs preserved by the Manolo Prieto Foundation.

 

 

 

The covers of Manolo Prieto (1940-1957) in the National Museum of Decorative Arts

 

 

His work is characterized by bringing great value to the field of research of the historical avant-garde rather than conforming to the advertising canons of his time. All a visionary who knew how to give his own voice to brands and make a gap in history. 

 

 

 

 

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.