Jaume Plensa: 1004 Portraits
Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, 17 June 2014 – 1 December 2015.
Four of Plensa’s portrait heads in stone and cast iron, ranging from 21 to 36 foot in height, are on display in Chicago’s Millenium Park to celebrate its 10th anniversary. They continue the story of the Barcelona-based Plensa’s original 1000 video portraits of local Chicago residents that have illuminated the Crown Fountain since 2004 and are entitled Awilda, Laura, Paula and Ines.
Jaume Plensa. Together
Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice
7 May – 22 November 2015
A quartet of new installations by one of Spain’s leading sculptors the Catalan-born Jaume Plensa, displayed in the Palladian church of San Giorgio Maggiore as part of the Venice Biennale. The display Together, curated by Clare Lilley, Director of Programmes at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, creates a ‘conversation’ between two sculpted heads above which, hanging from the Basilica’s dome, is suspended a hand formed from letters of eight different alphabets. Another sculpture, placed in the nave, and drawings related to the installations will be shown at the Fondazione Cini’s library, in its “Nuova Manica Lunga“.
Jaume Plensa: Private Dreams, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, 12 June – 27 September.
An exhibition of recent sculpture by the Catalan artist Plensa, featuring eight new works in a range of media, including bronze, glass and volcanic basalt. Coinciding with a new public art installation of four of his works in Chicago’s Millennium Park, which will remain on loan until autumn 2015. Both projects focus on the human figure, specifically the head as a sanctuary for dreams and hope. Plensa will also give a free public lecture at the Art Institute of Chicago on June 16 at 6pm.
An illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition with an essay by Clare Lilley, Director of Programmes, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK.