Art Madrid'24 – THE ART OF TERROR

Halloween has become fashionable nowadays because it adds a bit of humour and mystery to a traditionally solemn and serious celebration in which we face a mandatory appointment with death. Despite the imported traditions, the emptying of pumpkins and the famous phrase "trick or treat" (which was never said in our country ever), the truth is that there is a certain homogeneity in the fact that we get ready for an encounter with the after-death world. From this core idea, derive the others that play with the fear of the unknown, the fear of death, the connection with the underworld, etc., proposing a more open and humorous approach. And we, in our particular Halloween, make a reminder of some works that treat fear and terror in a masterly way.

Edvard Munch, "The scream", 1893

This well-known Munch painting is the work par excellence of the Expressionism, an artistic stream that tried to convey the sensations through the colour, without necessarily keeping coherence and verisimilitude. This artist, known for his tormented and dejected character, was one of the greatest representatives of this movement. The most famous version of this work is in Oslo, in the National Gallery of Norway, where it was stolen several times, the last in 2004, until in 2006 the piece could be recovered.

Goya, "Saturn devouring his son", (1819-1823)

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One of the most tormented paintings known is "Saturn devouring his son", by Goya. This work is framed within his famous period of Black Paintings, all dry oils, painted on the wall, in which the artist deals with dark themes related to tragedy and depression. This period coincides with a serious illness of the painter, who channelled his displeasure and disappointment through his work. Saturn represents the Titan Chronos, the god of time, who devours everything in its path. It is a crude and raw work that does not hide its violence, and that Goya had in his house of the Quinta del Sordo.

Salvador Dalí, "The face of war", 1940

"The face of war" painted by Dalí between the end of the Civil War and the beginning of World War II represents the horror of tragedy, the empty sockets, which enclose other faces multiplied in an infinite approximation, to manifest the desolation and impotence. It is said that another motivation of the author for this painting was the execution of Federico García Lorca, with whom Dalí had an intimate relationship.

Zdzislaw Beksinski

And we must highlight the work of Zdzislaw Beksinski. The life of this Polish artist was also testimony to a great life tragedy. He himself was found dead of 17 stabs in his home in 2005. This multidisciplinary author is considered one of the maximum representatives of contemporary surrealism, and his works do not leave indifferent. The presence of death, the connections with the underworld, the horror of sinister images with beings devoured by apocalyptic entities are their most recurrent motives. Beksinski said that he painted what was in his dreams, but he was very jealous of what he communicated, because he destroyed several of his works because he said they were too personal for the world to know them.

 

Estel Boada. Courtesy of the artist.

INTERCESSIONS. PERFORMANCE CYCLE X TARA FOR WOMEN



Art Madrid celebrates its 19th edition from March 6 to 10, 2024 at the Galería de Cristal of the Palacio de Cibeles. During the Art Week, Art Madrid becomes an exhibition platform for national and international galleries and artists. With the intention of creating a space of expression for emerging artists, our fair has joined forces with the Tara For Women Foundation, which, in its mission to empower and strengthen talented women, becomes a collaborator of Art Madrid's renewed Parallel Program with the Performance Cycle: Intercessions X Tara For Women.

PERFORMANCE STAND, BY ME. ESTEL BOADA


Saturday - March 8 - 19:00h. Galería de Cristal of the Palacio de Cibeles.



They say that in order to succeed, a stand has to be well located, innovative, tidy, have a good, clean and clear image, we can't let it go unnoticed, it has to stand out from the competition, generate curiosity and space for personal interaction. Well, after 19 years, the perfect stand has arrived, he doesn't know it yet, but it has been an exclusive creation to stand out at the fair.

Performance of Pfff Historia d'una Fitball. Documentation. 2023.

His name is Stanley, he is 19 years old and he is... human.

Stand, by Me is a performance that wants to address the responsibility and the position of an art fair stand in an ironic and burlesque way.

"Stanley", our main character, created to live and die at the fair, doesn't know what the outside is, but he knows all about the strengths and weaknesses of this mobile architecture.

Unlike his family made of plasterboard, wood, glass and PVC, Stanley is human matter and therefore feels different from the rest. He tries to be like the rest of the stands: smooth, straight, monotonous, silent... But it is impossible, he has to understand that his strength is his uniqueness.

Through a corporal and vocal exploration, she finds the way to express herself and communicate with others, generating curiosity, empathy and humor.

Stand, By Me. Documentation. 2024.



ABOUT THE ARTIST

ESTEL BOADA. Mataró, Barcelona, 1991

Estel Boada is a multifaceted artist who addresses past, present and future issues in an ironic and burlesque way. Trained in Fine Arts, her work includes design, drawing, performance, among others... After studying Fine Arts, she is interested in design, drawing, performance, space, collectivity and voice. Playing with humor, absurdity and trash, Estel always ends up talking in a burlesque way about her life as a frustrated diva. Her performances include "Kslkkda" (Virreina and Can Balaguer), "Vital el Musical" (Antic Teatre + NyamNyam), "Esperit de Clor" at MAC (Mataró), "El Hechizo" (Residencia #Ey!MAD), "De Kathedraal: historia de la construcción" (Nau Estruch) and "PERTÚ (la ofrenda)", awarded by BCN Producció-La Capella, among others. His performance "Stand, by Me" ironizes the responsibility and position of an art fair stand by personifying "Stanley", a human being in a context designed for material structures. The work highlights uniqueness versus uniformity in the art world.