EVA LOOTZ, AN EXHIBITION IN MAGIC LANDS

Eva Lootz at the CGAC contemplating one of her works next to Román Rodríguez (making a photo with her mobile) - PHOTO: Xunta

 

 

Eva Lootz (Vienna, 1940) is an Austrian plastic artist residing in Spain since 1967. Her main concern is the relationship between matter and language from different points of view. The beginnings of his career were defined by the use of ephemeral materials such as sheets of cotton or earth and their work with liquids binders such as wax or synthetic glue. With this it goes back to the origins of the devaluation of the matter with respect to the idea. This issue is extrapolated in parallel with the degradation of women in many cultures.

 

 

Photo of the exhibition

 

 

Raw materials and their organic use explain the process of extraction and treatment of minerals, also cultural behavior and the footprint in the landscape and language. One of its virtues is to detect little visible traces. In 1994 he received the National Plastic Arts Prize in Spain, taking that date of reference his work evolved towards the incorporation of sound in some of his installations. Also the making of videos brings you closer to the audiovisual world.

 

One of his highlights is the importance of drawing and the weight of this in his work along with the notebooks. One of the first fields that he experienced at the pictorial level was the color field, also known as color fields. Later he took another path more focused on art povera, minimal and land art.

 

 

Photo of the exhibition

 

 

The exhibition that is presented at the Galician Center for Contemporary Art is not summarized as an anthology because it would be a titanic task to cover all the work of this artist who is still active. But what does your Commissioner Alicia Murria does is select a part, dating from the 70s to the present and show a small common denominator of his entire career. These selected objects show how it suppresses color and seeks a more spiritual character by distorting the conception of object that we have established.

 

 

Eva Lootz, Xunta de Galicia

 

 

The leap into three-dimensionality is produced organically and naturally, as all of Lootz's work, the key component is to stimulate the senses. The architecture and the facilities frame all this artistic idea that tries to transmit us. His knowledge of the ancient cultures and the relationship with the elements make the language of this exhibition articulate in a light and pleasant way. The geographical point chosen gives us the opportunity to see this artist in a magical land, as is Galicia.

 

 

 

The cultural agenda gradually recovers after the health-crisis halt and art lovers are eager to enjoy the rich cultural offer that the different spaces and museums throughout our geography have to offer. In addition, one must remember that these centres have made an enormous effort to adapt to the demands that the new situation imposes and have created abundant online-accessible content to overcome confinement. We bring you a selection of content that can be visited both in person and through the web. There is no excuse for not enjoying contemporary art again.

Olafur Eliasson, “En la vida real (In real life)”, 2019

The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao continues with its exhibition dedicated to Olafur Eliasson and offers numerous resources to understand not only the exhibition but also the work of the centre in the assembly and installation process. The website allows us to expand content with interviews with the artist, the download of the audio guide and the vision of the curator Lucía Aguirre, who offers us different video-pills on the pieces in the exhibition.

"Olafur Eliasson: in real life" brings together a part of this artist's work since 1990 through sculptures, photographs, paintings and installations that play with reflections and colours. Likewise, the integration of elements such as moss, water, ice, fog... put the visitor in a situation that confuses the senses and tries to challenge the way we perceive our environment and move in it.

Regina de Miguel, “Isla Decepción”, 2017

The Botín Centre in Santander hosts the exhibition "Collecting processes: 25 years of Itineraries" which brings together the work of 25 of the 210 scholarship recipients who, to date, have enjoyed the Botín Foundation Plastic Arts Scholarship, started in 1993. With the works Lara Almárcegui, Basma Alsharif, Leonor Antunes, Javier Arce, Erick Beltrán, David Bestué, Bleda and Rosa, Nuno Cera, Patricia Dauder, Patricia Esquivias, Karlos Gil, Carlos Irijalba, Adrià Julià, Juan López, Rogelio López Cuenca, Renata Lucas, Mateo Maté, Jorge Méndez Blake, Regina de Miguel, Leticia Ramos, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Teresa Solar Abboud, Leonor Serrano Rivas, Jorge Yeregui, David Zink-Yi, the exhibition is a good example of up-to-date and young contemporary art contributed by artists with very diverse profiles.

Clemente Bernad. Series “Ante el umbral”, Madrid, 2020

The Reina Sofía Museum wanted to create a visual chronicle of what the confinement and the tragic numbers of infected and deceased have meant for the lives of many of us: a tale of pain, nostalgia and uncertainty made by the photographer Clemente Bernad. This exhibition, curated by Jorge Moreno Andrés, is entitled “Before the threshold”, a title that expresses the strange sensation that occurs when faced with something new and unknown, something that we cannot control or avoid, and that we all must go through. The alteration imposed on our lives unexpectedly is reflected in the streets, transformed into places of solitude and abandonment where life has been paralysed.

Mario Merz / No title, Triplo Igloo, 1984 MAXXI Collection

At the IVAM, the exhibition "What is our home?" brings together works from the IVAM collection and the MAXXI centre in Rome to propose a reflection on the space we inhabit seen from a personal and social perspective. It is about investigating the value that these spaces have as a home or refuge, as well as part of a city or community.

The exhibition, curated by José Miguel G. Cortés, also wants to delve into the feeling of those who feel like foreigners anywhere, because they do not identify with the habits or customs of the society, they do not fit into these social patterns, and home becomes the only shelter space that can adapt to their identity needs.

Martha Rosler, frame from “Backyard Economy I-II”, 1974 © Courtesy of Martha Rosler, 2020

Es Baluard Museu is committed to video creation and performance and hosts the monographic exhibition “Martha Rosler. How do we get there from here?” dedicated to this New York artist who pioneered the use of video as a mechanism for social and political analysis. This exhibition includes various works, from video to photography and several publications, which synthesise her main lines of discourse. Her concern for public policies and the social equality of women has led her to actively participate in numerous social movements in La Havana, New York, Mexico DC or Barcelona, and these experiences are present in one way or another in her work.

With the curatorship of Inma Prieto, a selection has been made within the abundant production of this artist, which presents one of the most coherent careers in towards-the-new-Millenium contemporary art.

Image from file, via meiac.es/turbulence/archive/acceso.html

The MEIAC - Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, host the works of the prestigious international digital art archive "Turbulence", a platform dedicated to network and hybrid art. In view of the inevitable closure of this institution, the MEIAC has offered to host all this valuable content collected since 1996. The uploading of the file also served as an opportunity to restore numerous pieces and convert formats so that files that had become obsolete remain readable by new systems. A huge job of conservation and updating that can be enjoyed online today. The archive is made up of hundreds of digital works from around the world that can now be visited remotely.