Cuadro 32, 1957-1958 , Mixed media on burlap, 127 x 153cm
Until the 25th of July 2017, the gallery Mayoral in Barcelona will be presenting Building Bridges, not Walls, a retrospective of the Spanish artist Manolo Millares curated by Alfonso de la Torre and Elena Sorokina.
Marked by violent conflicts such as the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and the Second World War, Millares oeuvre depicts the violence of a world submerged into despair and complete chaos. His torn compositions echo those of artists such as Fautrier or Hans Hartung were the absence of form is supplanted by turbulent compositions.
Among the artworks displayed, Cuadro 32, one of the artist’s tutelar paintings exhibited during the 19th Venice Biennale, Divertimento para un político and Personaje Caído give a thorough panorama of his artistic evolution throughout the years.
Additionally, the retrospective is screening the documentary Millares, 1970. Made by the artist and his wife, the film is a visual study on war consequences. Constructed with archive images, footage of devastated landscapes and Millares’ canvases, the film’s aim is to deliver a lesson on war.
To conclude with, the gallery will be displaying documentation to help to better understand the artist’s universe.
Personaje caído, 1967, Mixed media on burlap , 150 x 150 cm
Homúnculo (1), 1964 , 1967, Mixed media on burlap , 130 x 96.5 cm
Clémence Danon Boileau’s photographs bear witness to the set of choices she exercised in her everyday life. Her sombre use of colour and lighting speaks of a silent tragedy affecting every single one of us.