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Chema Madoz: untitled 
Chema Madoz: untitled 
Chema Madoz
MADRID, SPAIN  •  Galería Elvira González  •  22 January - 14 March 2015

The exhibition -- the photographer Chema Madoz’s first at the gallery -- consists of 35 photographs taken between 2012 and 2014. These new black-and-white images continue the artist’s signature method of creating poetic and surprising visual metaphors out of everyday objects.

Long-established on the international art scene, Madoz was awarded Spain’s National Photography Award in 2000, and he was featured in one of the outstanding shows in the 2014 edition of Les Rencontres d’Arles (France), Europe’s leading international photography festival. Chema Madoz (born Madrid, 1958) began his professional career in 1990, having completed his studies at the Centro de Enseñanza de la Imagen in Madrid.

His first solo show took place in 1985 at the Real Sociedad Fotográfica in Madrid, and in 1988 the Sala Minerva at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid presented its first show of photography with work by Madoz. In the 1990’s, Madoz began using everyday objects to create dream-like Surrealistic images, a working methodology he has continued to employ up to the present day. “Madoz lets us know how many different lives might lie in wait within a matchstick or a staircase, if their destinies had not been to serve our need for fire or to conquer gravity,” writes the philosopher and art historian Luis Arenas.

Galería Elvira González Website

Contact: Galería Elvira González
General Castanos, 3
28004 Madrid
Tel: (934 91 319 59 00

Gian Lorenzo Bernini: <EM>Anima dannata</EM>, 1619. White marble. Embassy of Spain in Vatican City, Holy See, Rome.
Gian Lorenzo Bernini: Anima dannata, 1619.
White marble. Embassy of Spain in Vatican City, Holy See, Rome.
Bernini's Souls. Art in Rome for the Spanish Court
MADRID, SPAIN  •  Museo Nacional del Prado  •  6 November 2014 - 8 February 2015

Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Naples, 1598 – Rome, 1680) was the greatest artist of the Roman Baroque, active as a sculptor, architect and painter and as a designer of festive events and ceremonies, fountains and decorations of different types.

The complex diplomatic and political relationships between Rome and Spain were reflected in the commissions Bernini received both from Spanish patrons in Rome (including key figures such as the Duke of el Infantado, Cardinal Pascual de Aragón and the Marquis of Carpio) and from the Spanish monarchy. These commissions particularly related to the fact that Philip IV wished to be represented in diplomatic, religious and political terms in Rome, funding projects in some of the city’s most important churches such as San Pietro and Santa Maria Maggiore just as he did at El Escorial and the Real Alcázar in Madrid.

The exhibition will revolve around three sections that illustrate Bernini's complex relationship with Spain and, at the same time, provide a virtual synthesis of his own development as a multi-faceted artist, based on a rich itinerary that stretches from some of his grand architectural and urban projects to his chapel scenes and sculptures, not to mention his fountains, paintings and drawings for other projects.

Museo Nacional del Prado Website

Contact: Museo Nacional del Prado
Paseo del Prado
28014 Madrid
Tel: (34) 91 330 28 00

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