The work of works, of Juliao Sarmento

 

This is a great "work of works", a composite of independent parts, works from different places and times and that come together under the framework of the "gesture". The artist Juliao Sarmento has been entrusted with the task of selecting the works to approach the Spanish public to Portuguese art with works by Rui Chafes, Augusto Alves da Silva, Jorge Barradas, José de Almada Negreiros and Joaquim Rodrigo, among others.

 

 

Sarmento has only used its own perception as a glue, unifying element that make the works talk to each other, only their sensitivity explains the ties in this context. "Now they are like the organs of a body,  they can not live apart", comments the Portuguese artist, curator of the sample. Paintings, sculpture, projections, installations, bright, artistic expressions chosen with the unique pattern of freedom, "without looking at the source, or if he took ten here and three there," said Sarmento.

 

 

The exhibition is also an invitation to see with new eyes the international art of recent decades from some essential works of the three collections: Juan Muñoz, Sigmar Polke, Miroslaw Balka, Rodney Graham, Gerhard Richter, Robert Rauschenberg, Rita McBride, Robert Morris, Rachel Whiteread, Giuseppe Penone, Richard Serra, Robert Gober, Carl Andre, Aballí, Francis Alÿs or Philip Guston. And finally, it is an invitation to discover the world of Julião Sarmento, an artist ranging from conceptual art to abstraction, cinema super-8 to painting, with references to literature and film, looking for the progressive dispossession of arts, the search for essential forms.

 

 

 

"The weight of a gesture. Julião Sarmento's gaze to the Gulbenkian, MACBA and La Caixa collections" can be visited at CaixaForum Barcelona (Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8) from February 11 to May 1, 2016.

 

 

In Art Madrid, we love art in all its aspects. Therefore, on the occasion of our 15th anniversary and thanks to Cooltourspain.com , visitors at Art Madrid’20 will have the possibility to enjoy a free guided tour of urban art to discover the street art hidden by Lavapiés, one of the most multicultural and colourful neighbourhoods of Madrid.

With the code ARTMADRID2020

and your ticket to the Art Madrid’20 fair, you can enjoy "Street art Tour Lavapiés" for free, on days 26th, 27th and 28th of February at 11:00 a.m. The capacity is limited, so do not doubt, book your place at Cooltourspain.com Once the confirmation is received, you just have to go with your open eyes to enjoy this magnificent experience.

Street art is the expression of art in public spaces either in the form of murals in restored buildings; graffiti; street painting or curated artistic actions. What are the backstories of each artist? What are the social issues affecting our city? This social, cultural and educational project was born in 2016 to answer these questions and show the message hidden by the works of art of so many national and international artists who have painted the Embajadores neighbourhood. It became the first daily street art tour in Madrid.

Cooltourspain will show you the Spanish capital in an alternative way and its guides will share their knowledge about the best street art in the Lavapiés and Malasaña areas. In the same way, its Foundation collaborates with non-profit projects and local associations so that people at risk of social exclusion can learn the techniques used by Madrid graffiti artists. The tour lasts two hours and begins at the Valle Inclán Theater Entrance.