The poetics of freedom

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Cuenca Cathedral, Plaza Mayor, s/n, 16001 Cuenca.
From July 26 to November 6, 2016

Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei is a chinese conceptual artist, also works as an architect, photographer, curator and globally recognised human rights activist. Born in 1957 in Beijing, he began his training at Beijing Film Academy and later continued at the Parsons School of Design in New York City.

His work has been exhibited around the world with solo exhibitions at Stiftung DKM, Duisburg (2010); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2009); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2009); Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Cambelltown Arts Center, Sydney (2008); and the Groninger Museum, Groningen (2008), and participation in the 48th Venice Biennale in Italy (1999, 2008, 2010); Guangzhou Triennale in China (2002, 2005), Busan Biennial in Korea (2006), Documenta 12 in Germany (2007), and the 29th Sao Paulo Biennial in Brazil (2010). In October 2010, Ai Weiwei's "Sunflower Seeds" was installed in the Tate Modern Turbine Hall, London. Ai Weiwei participated in the Serpentine Gallery's China Power Station exhibition in 2006, and the Serpentine Gallery Map Marathon in 2010.

The last solo exhibitions included Ai Weiwei in the Chapel, on view at Yorkshire Sculpture Park through November 2, 2014; Evidence at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, 2014; and Ai Weiwei: According to What?, which was organized by the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, in 2009, and traveled to North American venues in 2013–14. Ai collaborated with architects Herzog & de Meuron on the “bird’s nest” stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and on the Serpentine Gallery, 2012 London. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent from the Human Rights Foundation in 2012.

Rafael Canogar

Rafael Garcia Cano, (Toledo, 1935), studied with the painter Daniel Vázquez Díaz, between 1949 and 1954. He was a founding member of the group El Paso, and abstract influence, which was linked between 1957 and 1960.

From 1976 he returned to abstraction from a new perspective. Through his work, invents and reinvents an aesthetic language that leads to a rupture and a new conception of time and space. The matter becomes a metaphor, music, and a meeting point between the old and the modern. Canogar cares about expressing through painting, his idea of space; his works are endless areas showing even an artist who does not need aesthetic features or historical boundaries to transform.


Martin Chirino is one of the founders of the group El Paso (1957). In his work basically it used iron and always moves within abstraction, sometimes devoid of a narrative component (spirals) and other very rich from a formal point of view and symbolic (Landscapes).

Chairman of the Board of the Circle of Fine Arts (1983-1990) and Director of the Atlantic Centre of Modern Art in Las Palmas since 1989, this artist creates pieces of great formal beauty with high symbolic content. His way of understanding art and life begins to give way to the inert mass of the metal material. His works include a great expressive force that fills the forms, their total defiance of the laws of gravity and sublimation of its iconic plastic signs.

Francisco FARRERAS

Francisco Farreras. Started early in the artistic activity under the direction of Antonio Gómez Cano and Mariano de Cossio, Farreras studied Fine Arts in Madrid, where he earned the title of professor of drawing. It is from 1954 when professionally began his artistic career, participating in many group and solo exhibitions in Spain and abroad. Paris, Helsinki, Madrid, New York, Tokyo, London and Zurich, among others, are the cities that have better appreciated their proposals.

Artist concerned about the renewal of the paint, used as expressive pattern collage in which, through a color reduction based ochres and blacks in contrast with the white and yellow, gives a tension that never goes beyond the principles of order and composition. It becomes latent expressiveness through this intimate voltage, raised from a strictly plastic sphere.


Luis Feito is also one of the founding members of El Paso. Professor of the School of Fine Arts of San Fernando in 1954, left teaching to live a scholarship in Paris, where he came into contact with the vanguard force.

His first works fall within figurative painting, later through a phase in which experiments with cubism and finally enter fully into abstraction. Through their production, Feito claimed tension. His works have assumed a constructive sense through the balance of non-geometric shapes, designed as living configurations, free and expansive stroke, suggesting a gestural painting and immediate action. His paintings are some meditation spaces, creating a meeting place of matter, color and vital commitment.

Florencio GALINDO

Painting Florencio Galindo (Adanero, Avila), an artist who has found a space and a perfectly own time for its creation, always moves in this duality between the ethical and the aesthetic, between the dirt and the diaphanous, between the turbid and extraordinarily defined. A poetic realism that trembles in its unique concept of beauty and that has led him to become the most prominent painter of the so-called second generation of Spanish realism.

Born in Adanero, Ávila, in 1947 he won the Painting Prize of Fine Arts in 1976. Doctor of Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid and professor in the same faculty has had solo and group exhibitions in Madrid, Paris, New York , Helsinki, Valencia, Barcelona, ​​Bilbao, Valladolid, Belgrade, Caracas, Munich, or Sao Paulo, etc.
National Drawing Award Pancho Cossio (1973) and National Prize for Painting Black and White (1974), among other awards and recognitions, the work of Florencio Galindo is in places such as museums of Contemporary Art in Madrid, Fine Arts Vitoria of Modern Art in Belgrade or Collection Manhattan Bank of New York.


Juan Barte. Born in La Rioja and a varied life path that has taken him to places as diverse as Los Angeles, Tokyo, Laos or Madrid, in the past developed his career in graphic design. Although photography has always been its focus, it was in recent years when he decided to surrender completely to this obsession.

In 2012 he began photographing artists active generation of Informalismo on a project that would extend for three years. It is now with the exhibition Poetic Freedom when we see part of it. Barte's work has been published in various media and exhibited in galleries and public institutions. He is also coordinator of the Photobook Club Madrid actively promoting the dissemination of photographic culture and editor of the publication Formidable Magazine.



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