New art centres in 2017

 

 

Botín Centre, Santander

 

 

 

The Centro Botín was inaugurated the last 23th of June and is an arts centre designed by Pritzker Prize-winner architect Renzo Piano, in co-authorship with Luis Vidal. It is located in a privileged part of Santander. A remodelling project that involves Pereda Gardens has allowed the integration of the city centre with the bay. Botín Centre focuses on research, training and dissemination that will be developed through our Fine Arts and Training programmes. Current exhibitions are `Art at the turn of the century´, `Carsten Höller: Y’ and `Agility and audacity. Goya´s drawings´.

 

 

 

CaixaForum Sevilla

 

 

 

CaixaForum Sevilla was inaugurated on March 3 and up to this day has reached over 100.000 visitors. The building has been designed by the sevillian architect Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra, that have had the challenge of adequating the museum needs to the existing space in the Pódium building that is located in La Cartuja island. Current exhibitions are `Anglada-Camarasa (1871-1959)´ and `Sorolla. A garden for painting´. As well as the other seven Caixaforum, Caixaforum Sevilla includes within its cultural offer also workshops, talks and concerts.

 

 

 

Bombas Gens Art Centre, Valencia

 

 


The past 8 of July, Bombas Gens Art Centre opened its doors under the management of Nuria Enguita. It takes over five of the refurbished buildings of the old hydraulic pumps factory, one of the few examples of the city’s Art Deco architecture still preserved today. The main purpose of the Bombas Gens art centre is to exhibit and share the Per Amor a l’Art private art collection with the wider public, made up mainly of photography and abstract painting by Spanish and international artists. At the current moment it has around 1800 works by 140 artists. The inaugural exhibitions are `Ornament = Crime?´, `Bleda & Rosa. A Geography of Time´ and “Stories of Bombas Gens”.

 

 

 

Camille Claudel Museum, Nogent-Sur-Seine, France

 

 

 

Worthy of mention is the opening on March 26 of Camille Claudel's Museum, that is located in the historic heart of the town of Nogent-sur-Seine, french locality where it has had a great reception. The building has been designed by the architect Adelfo Scaranello, and is in harmony with the neighbouring houses and surrounding landscape. The museum’s major objective is to present the oeuvre of Camille Claudel (1864-1943) through the museum collection of over 300 works that include sculptures, photographs and printmakings, paintings and drawings, as well as eight documentary films.

 

 

 

Zeitz MOCAA building design, Cape Town, South Africa

 

 

 

Furthermore, there will be other openings, like Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi, which will host artworks from all periods and cultures. Or Zeitz MOCAA museum in Cape Town, that will host Jochen Zeitz´s african art collection. These new spaces for art and culture invite the citizens to participate, through the use of various methods, in artistic practices and proposals that will seek to acquire knowledge and experiences to share with the reality around.

 

 

 

Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi, UAE

 

 

Thirteen years have passed since its beginnings, and in all this time the Video Art Festival PROYECTOR has grown and consolidated its position as an essential event in this discipline. Since its inception, the initiative has tried to give visibility to a discipline that has always been relegated to the background in the usual exhibition circuits. Although video creation is not new, since it emerged by its own in the 60s of last century, the way to get to know it and enjoy it has not always been easy. On many occasions, the exhibitions only included a few isolated pieces within the main route, as if the video was the anecdotal contribution to the whole. However, our daily lives are invaded by moving images, and there is a paradox that video art, despite being a format of artistic expression very much in tune with the habits of today's society, remains a minority discipline

Frame from “Hel City”, by Gregorio Méndez Sáez, 2019

To some extent, PROYECTOR was born to reverse this situation, to value video as a creative format and to offer a wide, itinerant space to host a multitude of proposals, coming from inside and outside our borders. In this time, the growth of the festival has led it to travel the world, but also, to be a benchmark that each year arouses more interest. In the open call to receive proposals, they reach almost half a thousand, and a hundred works selected by the jury are a representative sample of different ways of understanding video creation, with pieces mainly from Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

In turn, PROYECTOR wants to be more than a video showcase and offers a large program with talks, workshops, masterclasses, meetings with artists, visits and concerts. A complete experience that always has the moving image as a backdrop.

El Instante Francisco Ruiz de Infante. El bosque que se mueve (errores de medida)

In this evolution, another circumstance stands out: video is a creative format that has its own codes, but it is also one of the disciplines most open to artistic hybridization and the widening of uses. The video may, therefore, be the genuine idea of an author who conceives an autonomous project to be carried out in this format, but it can also be the complementary result of an action or the documentary record of a previous performance being recorded to guarantee its survival. The versatility of the moving image and the potential that it has acquired in recent years allows us today to speak of numerous branches of art that focus on the fusion of languages and the integration of techniques and methodologies from other sectors, and in many of them, the video is still a cornerstone. So it is with technological art, interactive sound art, performance recording, the transformation from big data to image, artificial intelligence, and a long etcetera. Precisely for this reason, PROYECTOR offers a panoramic vision of this reality, with an extremely interesting program that plays with the variety and wealth of proposals.

Frame from “Herdança”, by Thiago Rocha Pitta, 2007

The 2020 edition will run from September 9th to 20th. As usual, the program displays in various venues throughout the city of Madrid, each of which will house a small section of the activities. This year the festival will count with the collaboration of the Casa Árabe, White Lab, Cruce, El Instante Fundación, ¡ésta es una PLAZA!, Extensión AVAM (Matadero Madrid), Institut Français de Madrid, Medialab Prado, Quinta del Sordo, Sala Alcalá 31, Sala El Águila, Secuencia de Inútiles and White Lab, in addition to the collaboration of the INELCOM Collection and the video art collection of Teresa Sapey.

The festival is also the ideal place to articulate the cultural fabric, since it involves numerous professionals in the sector, from curators to creators, from centres managers to critics and teachers. The 2020 program also has the collaboration of the FUSO Festival and the Museo Reina Sofía, which are providing some of their pieces for the exhibition.

In short, an appointment that lovers of contemporary art should not miss and that promises many novelties in this 13th edition.