Exhibition

Pablo Palazuelo

Working Process

Pablo Palazuelo,

Pablo Palazuelo, "Untitled", 1954 (detail)

  • Fecha:
    15 Dec. 2006 - 18 Feb. 2007
    Lugar:
    Sales del museu
  • Fecha:
    25 Mar. - 25 May 2008
    Lugar:
    Pinacoteca Sao Paulo, Brasil
  • Fecha:
    31 Jan. - 03 Mar. 2008
    Lugar:
    SEACEX, Bogotá
  • Fecha:
    14 Mar. - 10 June 2007
    Lugar:
    Museo Guggenheim Bilbao

"[…] I don't want to represent, but to manifest, or, at least, to collaborate in the act of appearance (...) In this way, the viewers would place themselves in a state equivalent to that of the artist in each one of the instants of the vision". Pablo Palazuelo (Madrid, 1915 – Galapagar, Madrid, 2007) admitted to Santiago Amón in a 1976 interview.

The retrospective exhibition organised at MACBA in 2007 was one of the most comprehensive that had been held to date on the work of this Spanish artist, and one of the most ambitious in terms of the research thesis. Avoiding the idealistic interpretations that have traditionally linked Palazuelo to modernist abstraction and spiritual resonances, the exhibition, curated by Manuel Borja-Villel and Teresa Grandas, highlighted its rational and performative aspects, while also revealing Palazuelo's interest in the hybridisation of artistic categories. Palazuelo does not invent forms. Rather, after an intense research process, he discovers existing forms, sets up relationships between them and generates new spatial conceptions that only the spectator can complete through the act of perception.
The exhibition paid particular attention to the artist's drawings, which show his rhythmic, dynamic use of line in a style that lies somewhere between graphic design, painting, sculpture, writing and musical notation.

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