The works by Spanish artist, sculptor and intellectual Jorge Oteiza (1908 – 2003) are the protagonists of one of the key exhibitions this fall in Barcelona, showing at one of the most celebrated historical buildings of the city: La Pedrera. Casa Milà, or “La Pedrera“, as it is commonly called, is the last civil building designed by Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona’s art nouveau icon, and is now host of the cultural centre of the Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation.
Jorge Oteiza: The dissocupation of Space
September 27, 2016 – January 22, 2017
The title of the exhibition, “La desocupació de l’espai” (“the dissocupation of space”), summarizes many of the architectural and sculptural leit motiv’s in Jorge Oteiza‘s work. Varied in size and material, the artist’s works always revolve around the idea of carving, emptiness or dissocupation, drawing influence from the Russian avant-garde to cretae a very personal body of work.
The presentation of the exhibition in La Pedrera becomes a great opportunity to know the work of this important artist in twentieth century art history, to whom Barcelona had not dedicated a monographic exhibition in the last 30 years.
Jorge Oteiza (Orio, 1908 – San Sebastián, 2003) is one of the most important Spanish artists of the twentieth century and has become a benchmark of contemporary artistic avant-garde. This multifaceted and interdisciplinary artist became famous for his sculptural work, although he relatively soon left to pursue other disciplines such as poetry, pedagogy, aesthetics, cinema, etc. The study of the relationship between volume and space initiated by the first vanguards, especially constructivism, always underlies his sculptures, which were made with a special sensitivity toward abstraction, spirituality and humanism.
This exhibition has been organized in close collaboration with the Jorge Oteiza Museum Foundation, which, in addition to curating, gave most of the works on display for this retrospective. The Oteiza Museum funds are composed of a total of 1,650 sculptures, 2,000 pieces from his experimental laboratory and a lot of drawings, collages and personal documents of Oteiza himself, that allow a perfect approach to the whole process of work and experimentation the Basque artist.
ABOUT LA PEDRERA
Casa Milà, popularly known as ‘La Pedrera’ (the stone quarry), an ironic allusion to the resemblance of its façade to an open quarry, was constructed between 1906 and 1912 by Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926). For its uniqueness, artistic and heritage value have received major recognition and in 1984 was inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List, for its exceptional universal value.
Nowadays it is the headquarters of Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation and houses a cultural centre that is a reference point in Barcelona for the range of activities it organises and the different spaces for exhibitions and other public uses it contains.