Beauty in the Koplowitz Collection

 

 

“The Alicia Koplowitz-Grupo Omega Collection”, Bilbao Fine Arts Museum. 

 

 

 

The exhibition include a wide art works selection of the collection, around 90 paintings and drawings of national and international Masters of the art history (dating from the 16th century to the 21st century) and sculptures (from the classical antiquity to our days). The exhibition tour is divided into nine sections: “La persistencia del ideal clásico”, “El siglo de las Luces”, “Vida privada, vida pública”, “París, cambio de siglo”, “Nuevos caminos en el arte de entreguerras”, “Materia, gesto, mancha”. “Figuraciones”, “Informalismos y abstracciones” y “Epílogo”.

 

 

Paul Gauguin, “Women at the banks of river”, 1982. Oil on canvas, 31 x 40 cm. © The Alicia Koplowitz-Grupo Omega Collection.

 

Some of the art works of the important collection that we can see in the different rooms of the Museum are “La virgen con el niño y san Juanito” of Zurbarán (17th century) or “Asalto a la diligencia” and “Hércules y Ónfala” of Goya (18th century). Of the 19th century highlight the painting of Raimundo Madrazo and those of the French post-impressionism of Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec and Van Gogh. The 20th century represents more than half of exhibition selection, there are notable paintings of representing national and international Spanish artists.

 

      Raimundo de Madrazo, La siesta, h.1875

 

 

The abstract movement is represented in the exhibition with names like Nicolas de Staël, Piet Mondrian, Lucio Fontana or the minimalists Frank Stella and Donald Judd, for example.  American Expressionism has four important representatives in the exhibition: Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Cy Twombly and Anselm Kiefer. Of the latter is the most current art work of the collection, painted in 2014. 

 

 

Anselm Kiefer, Le Dormeur du val, 2014 

 

 

“The Alicia Koplowitz-Grupo Omega Collection” is an exhibition guided by the artistic taste of the collector, a walk for the beauty in the art in which it dominates the female universe. Bilbao Fine Arts Museum give us the opportunity to see a good selection of the collection, and as its artificer comments: “This is the result of emotions, passions and unforgettable memories that have been part and continue forming part of my 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.