Mark Ryden At CAC Málaga

 

Immediately when I walked in to Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, I knew that I was come in to interesting exhibition – there was Mark Ryden’s retrospective exhibition.

When I traveled to Málaga I visited in two museums, Centre Pompidou Málaga and CAC (Centro de Arte Contemporáneo) de Málaga and I found CAC de Málaga not only more interesting, but also free. There was Mark Ryden’s first retrospective exhibition in Europe called Cámara de las maravillas. Ryden is an American painter (born 1963), who is part of Lowbrow, pop surrealist art movement. He works currently in Los Angeles. Ryden combines the elements of pop culture to the techniques of old masters.

Ryden’s subjects varies from cryptic to cute. He has used a lot of girl figures in his works, which express the innocence of childhood. Abraham Lincoln, Santa Claus, clowns and various characters act also role in big part of the artworks. His works are achingly beautiful and hint at darker psychic stuff beneath the surface of cultural kitsch. The frames of the paintings are like another pieces of art, they are carved from the wood and are even finer than the finest baroque frames.

Ryden has made also sculptures from porcelain. Below in the photo the work called Meat Dress is about 1,5 metres high and Anatomia is small, about 30 cm high. I can only admire the skills of Ryden, he is extremely competent in many techniques. If you ever have an opportunity to go see Ryden’s exhibition, I highly recommend to do so.

In CAC Málaga’s other exhibition with numerous artists had a lot of very stylish works. There was also some work from very famous names like Andy Warhol. I took a couple of photos from them what you can see here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/98052824@N03/albums/72157679811846546

Mark Ryden’s website: http://www.markryden.com
You can check all photos I took from Mark Ryden’s art here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/98052824@N03/albums/72157677803158572

 

Centre Pompidou Málaga

 

I visited museum called Centre Pompidou in Málaga.

In Málaga there’s museum with same name, Pompidou as in Paris. Centre Pompidou Málaga situates next to sea and there’s only colorful box made of glass over the ground, museum itself situates on floors under the ground. There was two exhibitions going in Centre Pompidou, Architecture of Paris and basic collection of the museum. I didn’t take photos from miniatures of buildings in Paris, because they weren’t so photogenic.

Basic collection of Centre Pompidou Málaga consists of smaller entities called Metamorphosis, Self-portraits, Men without faces, Political body and Pieces of body. There was one (or two) artwork by many famous artists like Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall or Joan Miró for giving status to the museum. For building the better idea for different entities, there would have needed more artworks from same artist or orientation.

There was still a couple of interesting artworks what stand alone. One of the bests was installation of praying women made of aluminium foil by Kader Attia and named to Ghost. Empty forms were evoking the absence of humanity in society that seemed to be comprised of ghostly entities of a moving fragility.

Other interesting artworks I picked to this post is from my all time favorite artist Marc Chagall – Dimanche (Sunday) what was in self-portraits section. Stylish artworks made of iron wire is made by Alexander Calder and it’s name is Mask. Photo portrait is made by Li Yongbin and named as Visage.

Centre Pompidou Málaga’s website: http://centrepompidou-malaga.eu
You can check all photos I took here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/98052824@N03/albums/72157678364479540

 

 

Niki de Saint Phalle

 

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I went to see Niki de Saint Phalle’s exhibition in Taidehalli, Helsinki.

Niki de Saint Phalle was born in 1930 in France. Her father was French banker and mother was American. Family moved to USA in 1933. As a teenager Saint Phalle worked as a fashion model and was on the cover of Life and French Vogue. At eighteen years old Saint Phalle married Harry Mathews and they got their first child in in 1951. Saint Phalle started to paint and it was therapy to her because she was raped by her father when she was only 11.

In 1955 Saint Phalle moved in Majorca, Spain, where her son was born. She was deeply affected by the works of Antonio Gaudi. Soon the family moved to Paris. Saint Phalle’s first exhibition was held in 1956 in Switzerland, where she presented naive style old paintings. In early 1960s Saint Phalle left her first husband.

Saint Phalle started to do shooting artworks, “Shots”, where she shot with gun paint bags and splashing paint created art. After Shots Saint Phalle did works with various roles of women, such as brides and mothers giving birth. They were primarily made of plaster over a wire framework and plastic toys, then painted all white or other color. In 1965 Saint Phalle started to do woman figures what she called Nanas. She also started to do graphic works with writings. In 1971, Saint Phalle and her collaborator Jean Tingueli married.

From 1979 Saint Phalle worked for sculpture park in Italy for nearly 20 years. It was inspired by Gaudi and the works were about Tarot cards. Park was opened in 1998. Saint Phalle moved to California in 1994, where she died to emphysema in 2002.

Saint Phalle decided early to become a heroine and to do some grand. Exhibition in Taidehalli showed that, big sculptures with humor and artworks with social messages to speak out in our times too. Variety of works in exhibition was wide.

Niki de Saint Phalle: 20th of August 2016 – 2oth November 2016 in Taidehalli.
Taidehalli’s website: http://taidehalli.fi/en/
You can check more photos I took here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/98052824@N03/albums/72157676364427476

 

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