Here is Mary's report of the visit to Velez Malaga's treasures. Thank you Mary for arranging this trip, all the hard work doing the research and the amazing lunch venue. We all enjoyed every part of the day.
Visit to Velez Malaga
Town Hall Sala del exposiciones
This is collection of art was created by Jose Martin Espana, a young artist whose work is easily recognisable as he specialises in posters, processions and events. On show in the foyer is a wonderful collection of his work. His series of collages demonstrate his painting skills and craftsmanship when working with paper and card. There are some wonderful oil on canvas posters as well, depicting figures and scenes from Semana Santa. An exhibition well worth seeing if you are passing by the Town Hall.
To find out more about the artist go to www.martinespana.es
or go to facebook.com/MartinEspanaOficial
Centro de Arte Contemporaneo
Ellas Creadores de los Siglos XX
During the first half of last century women artists were marginalised in the art world. In order to achieve recognition in their own right they created a new artistic 'language', turning away from the traditional subjects such as flowers and children, they formed a 'unique' style of feminine art using various mediums including photography, painting, drawing, collage, sculpture and multimedia.
Over twenty artists have work on show, many from their own collections.
Shocking and bizarre as some of the exhibits are, they are thought provoking and challenge us to think outside the box.
Marina Abramovic's multimedia presentation is a fusion of performance and art. A naked woman is lying on her back with her knees flexed. On top of her lies a skeleton rising and falling with her as she breathes in and out. We are encouraged to think about the weight of our bones and body structure in the living state carrying the weight of history with us. It is described as a work of great quality, energy and desolation.
A video entitled 'Eyes' shows the eyes of Marina Nunez (the artist) blinking. Every time the eyes are opened a new iris appears until the eyes are full of them! People see things differently through different eyes is the intended message of the artist.
Sala de Convento San Francisco
Ayer y Hoy de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Telmo
In complete contrast to the CAC exhibition, here, in the tranquil setting of the Monastery of St Francis we viewed a representative collection of classic and modern art by RAFA members from the past 25 years.
Our visit ended with a memorable feast of tapas, tagines and tropical salad laid on by Bohemia Restaurant, a stones throw from the CAC.