On June 10, 2004, the Angel Orensanz Foundation will open a Paris branch at 9, rue de Thorigny. The space is located in the heart of the Marais district, two doors down from the entrance of the Picasso Museum.
The space consists of a gallery, archives and services of video and documentation. This new Paris arts location will open with the presentation of the sculpture “Razor in the eye (Buñuel)”, a sculpture piece in steel, five meters high Angel Orensanz built this sculpture piece two years ago for the town of Calanda, the birthplace of Luis Buñuel, in Aragon (Spain). After its installation, the sculpture left Calanda at the end of the Summer of 2003 to be part of OPEN, the International Exhibition of Sculpture and Installation during the 50th Venice Film Festival. Soon after, the Buñuel sculpture piece was requested by the Florence International Art Biennale to be a highlight of that world cultural event. It won the “Lorenzo il Magnifico Award”. Now, on its way back to Calanda, this homage to Buñuel will make a stop over in Paris. It is a well known fact that Paris played a extremely importance role in the life and work of Buñuel. This is the reason why Angel Orensanz, born in Aragon like Buñuel, has planned to have his foundation in France opened with a work devoted to Luis Buñuel.
To the opening ceremonies have been invited the media, several actors that played relevant roles in Buñuel movies, representatives of the culture and arts community in France, Spain and Aragon, artists and the public in general.
The Angel Orensanz Foundation was established first in New York in 1988, in a very historic building in Lower Manhattan, and it has become a beacon of cultural, artistic and social life in New York. Presently, it holds an international art award; publishes an arts magazine “Artscape” and broadcasts weekly the TV Program “Arts from the Orensanz”, among many other initiatives.