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:

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You can check all photos I took from Mark Ryden’s art here: