A joint presentation of the Russian National Museum and the Ludwig Museum in St. Petersburg of the work of Angel Orensanz will mark this year the opening of the Russian cultural Fall. The sculpture event is called "Sails of Departure; Sails of Arrival", and is the first leg of a world tour of Spanish American artist Angel Orensanz. At the request of several art museums he will carry his art work, called "One fragile Universe" to twelve major cities around the planet during 2006-2007. The show consists of a large scale art silk constructs that invite to self introspection and suggest a universal sense of inter dependence. The show in St. Petersburg will open at Mid Day of this August 24.
The Orensanz installation, inside the area of said museums, continues the tradition of both institutions of offering the Western and Russian avant-garde of most interest. The title refers to the banks of the river Neva, where Peter the Great founded the city. Through the Bay of Finland have entered Russia the Western cultural ideas and from St. Petersburg have reached Europe, among others, the socialist revolution and the contemporary revolutions in cinema, photography, painting, poetry and theater.
St. Petersburg has been and is now the cultural capital of Russia. Angel Orensanz has been actively present in the Russian art scene for the last twenty years with installations and exhibitions in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Still is fresh in Russia the memory of his 2005 exhibition titled "Earth: Death-Birth" that opened at the Alexander Pushkin Museum in Moscow in May 2005 and then at the Rumiantzev Palace with the support of the Russian Museum of St. Petersburg during last Summer.
Professor Alexander Borofsky, curator of contemporary art at the State Russian Museum and the Ludwig will be the main speaker. The opening will be carried live through the internet at www.angelorensanz.com and on cellular phone transmission by McLanemedia in New York. And again, on September 7 there will be a special nationwide TV production followed by an event at the Angel Orensanz Foundation in Manhattan. The world tour will take Angel Orensanz's work to museums in Palermo, Berlin, Cairo, Dubai, Beijing, Tokyo, Yakutia, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, New York, Madrid and Paris in the course of the next twelve months.
A joint presentation of the State Russian Museum with the support the Cologne (Germany) Ludwig Museum in St. Petersburg of a work of Angel Orensanz will mark the opening of this year's Russian cultural Fall Season. The sculpture is called "Sails of Departure; Sails of Arrival", and consists of a large scale art construction that will open to the public this coming August 24 at noon.
The Orensanz installation, in the garden of the Marble Palace of the State Russian Museum, continues the tradition of both institutions of offering the Western and Russian avant-garde of most interest. The title refers to the point where the museums is located on the banks of the river Neva, where Peter the Great founded the city. Western cultural ideas have entered Russia and ideas from St. Petersburg have reached Europe, through the Bay of Finland. Through this point made their way the socialist revolution and the contemporary revolutions in cinema, photography, painting, poetry and theater.
St. Petersburg has been and is now the cultural capital of Russia. The city is the home of the best Russian museums, the Mariinsky Theater and the best cinema studios. Angel Orensanz has been actively present in the Russian art scene for the last twenty years with installations and exhibitions in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Still is fresh in Russia is the memory of Orensanz's exhibition from the Spring of 2005, entitled "Earth: Death-Birth" that opened at the Alexander Pushkin Museum in Moscow and then seen at the Rumiantzev Palace-Russian Museum of St. Petersburg.
"Sails of departure; Sails of Arrival" has already been scheduled to be carried by the Russian cultural television, several American TV stations and the press of several countries. The exhibition catalogue carries an essay by professor Alexander Borofsky, curator of the Contemporary Art Department of the Russian National Museum and Ludwig Museu.
A large crowd A Jazz Festival En New York Promotes The Furrow Sculpture In Spain To Large Audiences. attended yesterday a presentation given by the city hall of Dosbarrios (Toledo) at the Museum of Wine in Madrid, about the landscape sculpture of Orensanz about Don Quijote.
The mayor of Dos Barrios, Bautista Martinez-Raposo, presented to the entire country this project that started last December and will end by January 2007. Throughout the last Winter and the Spring, the new crops and wild flowers have given the grooves of Orensanz new relief and poetry.
Dosbarrios and this part of Castile want to go beyond the official year of the centennial and make Don Quijote an open, direct, permanent celebration, in the land were Cervantes put him. Parallel to this presentation in Madrid, the Angel Orensanz Foundation in New York is presenting a festival of jazz music, poetry and dance to precisely celebrate the project of Dos Barrios.
A special exhibit of photographs in front of the Foundation and inside tells people about Don Quijote en the land of Toledo and Madrid.
The Water Museum in Lisbon presents from April 21st until June 30 "Reflectant Universe", a retrospective of the work of Angel Orensanz. The show includes 120 drawings and paintings with pieces done in Toronto in the 1990's and pieces signed in Paris this past month of February. There are three sculpture pieces in neon built in Lisbon; twelve fabric sculptures in a subdued hue, six digital tapestries ("Burning Universe") premiered in Venice as well as a collection of Orensanz/Cameron videos loaned by the Film and Video Library of MoMa, New York.
The open spaces of the Museum, in an ivory alabaster, are brought together by suspended pieces reflected over the waters of the pool. The wall paintings reflect ostensibly under the brightness of downtown Lisbon light that filters through the basilica-like windows. During the opening, sculptor Orensanz commented that he had directed the installation of the show as a "planetarium", "like a system extremely complex and harmonious at the same time, in which the distances between the bodies, and the colors, their orbits and positions keep very precise relationships. A central role of each element is its interaction with the central mass of water and its reflection over the vaulted ceilings. Everything in the show moves around the light. Light is the main sculptural component. Through the mass of water in the center of the room everything becomes reflected light in motion."
The exhibition will be open until June 30 and is expected to be seen by several tens of thousands of visitors. A catalogue is being published and it will be available by May 11. It contains articles by Margarida Ruas, the curator, Alexander Borovsky, curator of contemporary art at the Ludwig/ Russian Museum of St. Petersburg (Russia) and the Canadian art writer and curator from Montreal, John Grande. This catalogue includes a long series of pictures of the show itself. The text is in Portuguese and English, and is about 170 page long.
Video work of the exhibition can be seen 24 hours a day in the Internet, at www.orensanz.tv, as well as materials about the entire work of Angel Orensanz.
Angel Orensanz "Reflectan Universe"
Museum of the Water, Amoreira.
Lisbon 1170-912 Portugal
Tel. 35-1 218100260.
This Friday, April 21 and until the 30th of June, the work of Angel Orensanz will be on view at the Water Museum of Lisbon, Portugal. It could well be said that the museum itself will be turned into a piece of art: an installation, a reconstruction, or as the artist calls it "a total intervention". He is transforming the central massive pool of water into a water sculpture by affecting it with video projections of films from the collection of Film and Video Library of MoMa New York, (edited by Donna Cameron), and with large sculpture pieces in PVC and neon constructed in Lisbon, specifically for this show.
Encircling this central installation is a parade of 18 years of his drawings and paintings that fill the arched space giving guard to the central water piece. They stand like looking down on a volcano de reflections providing context to it. Finally, the walls of this 18th century architectural world landmark support 12 huge "digital tapestries" from Orensanz's "urning Universe" that were exhibited first in Venice during the Biennale of 2003 at palazzo Malipiero and other locations along the Gran Canal. A new series of fabric sculptures in vibrant colors, made in Paris, connects the old cascade with the center of the space.
All these structures and elements: sculpture, video, drawings and painting move in circles embracing and reflecting over each other in a shimmering superimposition of reflections and counter reflections. Orensanz commented on his way from New York to Portugal: "I have designed this exhibition as a metaphor for a world inverted in itself that reverberates from its unsettled depths all the way up. A world closed, although vibrant in itself".
Professor Margarida Ruas, director of the Water Museum, is the curator of the show that is featured as the primary exhibition of the Museum for 2006. The show is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with 150 page designed by Pedro Inacio. The exhibition is set up by the curatorial team and staff of the Water Museum.
A comprehensive broadcast of the installation, opening and development of the show will be available as an on going TV show at: www.orensanz.TV after April 25, and at www.angelorensanz.com.
Museu da Agua, Rua do Alviela, 12; 1170-012
Margarida Ruas, Directora
Tel. 35-1-21.810 02 60; fax 35-1-21810 0202
A Don Quijote of one square kilometer was plowed right before the beginning of the new year by sculptor Angel Orensanz with the enthusiastic support of the residents of Dos Barrios, a small town fifty kilometers equally distant from Madrid and Toledo, in the heart of Castile. The land art work has instantly become a cultural sensation due to the fact that the intervention of Orensanz comes at the end of the world year long celebration of the 400th anniversary of the publication of the novel "Don Quijote". The proportions and the perspectives of the art work surpasses the human scale forcing the visitor to make sense out of mountain lines, ravines and crevices that fuse in the horizon. Only by plane can people get a total picture; what has thrust a nearby flying school to a thriving business.
Angel Orensanz has planned his Don Quijote for a full year of life and growth. Besides contributing with tractors the residents of Dos Barrios helped the artist to sow several kinds of cebada, centeno y avena that followed immediately the plowing of the field. The artists wants the soil to do its part by changing with the arrival of the Spring into different shades of green and textures of growth in a calculated scheme of shapes and forms that stress the gigantic earth composition.
To a group of reporters in the airport of Madrid/Barajas, on his way of return to Paris, Angel Orensanz commented: "Come the Spring, the youths and the adults of the area will come to this plot of land to sing, dance and set bonfires. We are going to mark the arrival of the carnival like in the times of old, like in the times of Goya". The artist sees this as a wide land art piece in which, of which he has developed several over the last twenty years in several parts of the world, in the Aragonese Pyrenees, in the banks of the river Omono. The artist is trying to return and relate a myth to a land and a people for which the book and its characters were created. Later on, in Paris, Angel Orensanz insisted "on the need of returning the image of a Don Quijote to a time of global correctness. When everybody is closing the book on Don Quijote, is is time to bring him out, to bring everybody out."
The artwork is located between the towns of Dos Barrios and Ocana; immediately close to the highway of Madrid to Bailen and Toledo; 50 kms. South of Madrid.