Damián Ortega in Madrid

2016-08-Ortega-MadridDamián Ortega: the Rock and the Abyss

Palacio de Cristal, Parque del Retiro, Madrid
5 May – 2 October 2016

This Ortega installation revisits the artist’s previous series (2007), which was inspired by Mexico City’s Torre Latinoamérica, built between 1949 and 1956 and regarded as one of the most important examples of modern architecture in Mexico. In his new installation Ortega has inverted the tower and hung it from the dome of the Palacio as an hour-glass cum pendulum which releases grains of sand in unpredictable designs. Organised by the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía .

Damián Ortega in Edinburgh


Damián Ortega

Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
9 July – 23 October 2016

Ortega (b. 1967) is one of the new generation of Mexican artists whose sculptures focus attention on how the forces of nature, whether wind, water, arth or fire, act on the earth and affect humankind. The works in the Fruitmarket exhibition are mainly made from clay  to form waves, ‘icebergs’ or track the eroding power of a river and will introduce a major new sculpture. The exhibition will be accompanied by a new bilingual publication Damián Ortega: States of Time fully illustrating this new body of work and including texts by Adrian Forty and Sergio González Rodríguez,

New Journal on Spanish Art


From 2017, Routledge and the Bulletin of Spanish Studies will be publishing a new sister-journal, Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies

To celebrate the inauguration of this forthcoming title and the ‘animal turn’ in cultural studies, the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, UCL is hosting a one-day event on the representation of animals in visual Hispanism, curated by Jo Evans (UCL) and Sarah Wright (RHUL):

Animals in Visual Hispanism: An International Symposium

University College London
Friday 9th September 2016

Read full details and register here

Click here for the full programme and here for the abstracts

Papers from the event will be published in the inaugural issue of the Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies, co-edited by Jo Evans and Sarah Wright (2017).


Upcoming exhibition: Picasso on Paper, Compton Verney

Picasso on Paper

Compton Verney, Warwickshire
15 October – 11 December 2016

Featuring over 70 works from the collection of the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf, this exhibition traces Picasso’s evolving artistic vision through four decades of experimentation in printmaking techniques and subject matter.


Sculpture in the City (Londo)


Sculpture in the City

City of London
July 2016 to May 2017

15 large-scale public sculptures by artists including the Catalan sculptor Jaume Plensa’s Laura (2013), one of his female portraits symbolising the state of dreaming and aspiration (shown near ‘the Gherkin’); and four works from Peruvian-born Lizi Sánchez’s abstract Cadenetas series (2016) of small brightly-coloured lead rings cut into loops forming interlocking rings.

Connect here for map of the City of London Sculpture Trail.


Picasso at the Fondation Pierre Gianadda

Picasso: His late work: A tribute to Jacqueline

Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny, Switzerland
18 June – 20 November, 2016

Exhibition marking the 30th anniversary of Picasso’s last wife and final muse, Jacqueline Rocque. Presents a selection of more than 110 items of Picasso’s ceramics, engravings, paintings and sculptures from the mid 1950’s to his death in 1973, many of which feature Jacqueline as his model. During the first ten years of this period, Picasso revisited masterpieces from the past: Delacroix (Les Femmes d’Alger, 1954-1955), Velázquez (Las Meninas, 1957), Manet (Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe, 1959-1961), Poussin and David (L’Enlèvement des Sabines, 1963). After 1963 Picasso focussed on the painter and his model. In 1963 alone Jacqueline is represented 160 times in the artist’s work. In addition to the paintings, the exhibition also reveals Picasso’s skills in other forms of expression: printmaking in the form of etchings, lithographs and linocuts; sculpture and ceramics. Accompanied by a catalogue (in French).

Picasso in Columbus, Ohio


Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio

10 June– 11 September, 2016

Exhibition (having toured from the Barnes Museum, Philadelphia) inspired by CMA’s  Picasso Still Life with Compote and Glass, 1914–15. It features some 50 works drawn from major museums and private collections from around the world. The exhibition explores how Picasso’s work was affected by the tumultuous years of the First World War, when the artist began experimenting with both cubist and classical modes in his art. Important canvases by Picasso’s contemporaries—including Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, and Diego Rivera— are also shown. The exhibition also features four costumes designed by Picasso for the avant-garde ballet, Parade, which premiered in Paris in 1917 and was the first cross-disciplinary collaboration of its kind. Picasso was the first avant-garde artist involved in such a production. The exhibition will be reviewed by The Burlington Magazine post July 2016. As a complementary display to the main exhibition the CMA will also be showing Pablo Picasso: 25 Years of Edition Ceramics, created by the artist in the decade following 1946 in collaboration with Georges and Suzanne Ramie of the Madoura pottery.