Richard Hamilton exhibition in Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

More than 250 works produced between 1949 and 2011 make up the largest retrospective of Richard Hamilton in Spain. The holiday dates from June -27 to Oct 3, 2014, want to repeat the success of public gathered at Dalí’s exhibition “Todas las sugestiones poéticas y todas las posibilidades plásticas” in 2013.

 

The selection of works proposes to the viewer a tour through 14 rooms that compacts an eclectic career in media and formats with a rich visual and formal diversity. The huge exhibition  -250 art-works versus the previous exhibition in the Tate Modern in London with 160 pieces- gives to the visitor the feeling of seeing a legacy of strong conceptual heritage, more complex and deeper than the precedent "serialized Pop" and the use of social icons as mere homage to the consumer society.

 

Richard Hamilton (London, 1922-2011) explored all artistic ways. The "father of pop", maybe because for not having specific training in the Fine Arts, he used technology as media, delved into design and revolutionized the printing techniques of the time. This feature, sometimes now extinct, freshness and change, leads us to believe that the retrospective is part of a collective of artists. To cap off his savoir-faire, Hamilton kept some distance with marketing their works, but not avoiding that some great collectors buy his works.

 

The Curator Vicente Todolí (Palmera, Valencia, 1958), who works with the american Paul Schimmel, is one of the big names of this exhibition and of the national art scene. He currently heads the HangarBicocca in Milan, but his resumé includes museums like the Reina Sofia, IVAM, Tate Modern in London among its many project. The american was chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles and he is Consultant in Caixa Foundation and MACBA Barcelona Museum of Hauser and Wirth Gallery Zurich, London and New York. A luxury.

Richard Hamilton will be at the National Museum Reina Sofia, from 27 June to 13 October, 2014, and it is a show sponsored by the Abertis Foundation.

 

 

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.