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

 

 

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.