Nacho Criado
Ellos no pueden venir esta noche
They Can't Come Tonight
1985
This sculptural installation is characteristic of Nacho Criado’s work. It reveals, on the one hand, the tension between the conceptual element and the difficulty in materialising it, while on the other it pays tribute to his artistic referents, both recurring traits of Criado’s work converging in this work.---In a literal reference to fishing and its symbology, Ellos no pueden venir esta noche (They Can’t Come Tonight) examines how memory and the passage of time operate, a theme that always interested this artist. A number of rectangular pieces of glass hang by fishing line – weighted with lead weights and hooks – from a long iron pipe resting on two supports.

Criado catches fragments of memory and reflects on absences. As he explained: ‘Ellos no pueden venir esta noche thinks back on all those people who have at certain times helped me in my work: Rothko, Manzoni, Duchamp, Beuys, Mondrian, Klein, Maciunas. It’s my way of acknowledging them.’ Acknowledging aesthetic and ideological references is a constant trait of his work. He never ceased to pay tribute and find inspiration in those artists he regarded as his masters. Among them are Mark Rothko (his first solo exhibition at Galeria Sen in Madrid, in 1970, was titled Homage to Rothko), Manzoni (1973), Beuys (1974), Duchamp (1977) and Zaj (1977). Ellos no pueden venir esta noche summarises all these homages. Another relevant aspect of his work is materiality. Glass, treated in many different ways, is a recurring material in the creative path of this artist. In this particular case, the work incorporates the physical presence of the viewer who alters it slightly by generating movement. While iron is a heavy material, glass brings lightness and fragility, an alternation that points to the metaphysics of absence and adds lyricism to the work.
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original title
Ellos no pueden venir esta noche
year of acquisition
2019
type of object
Sculpture
dimensions
140 x 500 x 80 cm
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© Herederos Nacho Criado
registration number
R.5764
date
1985
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Col·lecció MACBA. Fundació MACBA
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Various materials
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MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation. Work purchased thanks to Banco Sabadell Foundation
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