2013-09-10 12:10:19 - 50 artists from 22 countries dedicated their works to the Spanish poet and dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca who was murdered in 1936 at the age of 38. He became an icon of the political, intellectual and artistic freedom far beyond the borders of Spain.
The idea for this graphic portfolio was born in winter 1977 in Madrid by the curator and art collector Toni Politeo. International artists should make artistic contributions in memory of Federico Garcia Lorca - poet and dramatist, musician and painter, freethinker and reformer, a friend of Salvador Dali and Luis Buñuel. Travelling round the world Politeo won over artists from 22 countries - from China to Chile - to his idea. A lot of well-known personalities supported him - for example the art reviewer Pierre Restany who gave the "Nouveaux Réalistes" their name in 1960.
In the summer of 2003 the project was completed. The Garcia Lorca portfolio which contains coloured lithographs and serigraphs originated in the 1990ies. It is
a homage to a generalist who sowed instead of hatred, violence and intolerance love, truth and understanding. The graphic portfolio became also an informative tour through the international contemporary art and became a document of cultural, artistic and historic importance. The list of the involved artists sounds like a "who is who" in modern art. With her works the artists set a sign for understanding, tolerance and the freedom of the individual.
AGAM Israel ARMAN USA/France BERROCAL Spain BOGARET Netherlands BRACCHITTA Italy BRANDES Denmark BUCAN Croatia CANOGAR Spain CAPA Spain CARUNCHO Spain CHRISTO UND JEANNE-CLAUDE USA COGNEE France COMBAS France CORNEILLE Netherlands DE GUIMARAES Portugal ERRO Iceland GIRBES Spain GORDILLO Spain GUINOVART Spain KLASEN Germany KOCHI Japan KOUNELLIS Greece KOZARIC Croatia KRIKI France KUCKEI Germany LEIBERG Germany LESIAK Croatia LINDSTRÖM Sweden LLONA Peru LÜPERTZ Germany MARKOS Romania MATTA Chile MA TSE LIN China MESSAGIER France MIOTTE France MONDINO Italy MOYA Spain MURTIC Croatia NOVAK Croatia RANCILLAC France SCHLEIME Germany SELDEN USA SEGUI Argentina SOTO Venezuela STÄMPFLI Switzerland SUNAGAWA Japan TEXIER France VEDOVA Italy VELICKOVIC France YUN HYONG KEUN Korea
Musicality, mysticism and metaphorical images are shaping Garcia Lorca's virtuoso language which found its congenial expression in the Politeo portfolio by the plurality and internationality of the artists involved. Garcia Lorca's linguistic richness corresponds with the lithographies' stylistic variety and power of colours: ranging from a figurative Naturalism used by Markus Lüpertz and Cornelia Schleime to an abstract or geometrical Expressionism used by Edo Murtic or Peter Stämpfli to a literally "memorial-writ" used by Paul Bogaret and an emblematic abstraction used by Jésus Raphael Soto. Roberto Matta who knew Garcia Lorca personally was inspired by Dali's surrealistic portrait of the poet made in 1924 in Madrid when he created "his" Garcia Lorca whose single eye is setting its sight visionarily on the viewer.
Posthumously it is a memorial to those artists involved who died - Arman, Miguel Berrocal, Jeanne-Claude, Corneille, Josep Guinovart, Ivan Lesiak, Bengt Lindström, Roberto Matta, Jean Messagier, Aldo Mondino, Edo Murtic, Jésus Raphael Soto and Emilio Vedova.
Exhibition: The Graphic Portfolio – Federico Garcia Lorca
art place berlin – forum for contemporary art
at the Park Inn Berlin-Alexanderplatz
Alexanderplatz 7, 10178 Berlin
daily 9am – 9pm, entrance free, www.art-place-berlin.com