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The Gabarrón Foundation and the City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia have been collaborating since 2010 to create a space dedicated to monumental sculpture in the public space of the City of Arts and Sciences. Consolidating the Umbracle, as an open artistic space and extension of the museum itself, known by many as the Paseo del Arte, through an exhibition project of outdoor sculptures that is inserted in the evolution of the new contemporary relationships generated by public art and its surroundings, redefining the "traditional link" with the symbolic, social and communicative of a city, its inhabitants and tourists.
In this new season of 2019, we are honored to present to you in this wonderful museum space created by Santiago Calatrava, the first exhibition in Spain of the Belgian artist Arne Quinze.
From 7 February until October 13th, visitors will be able to see the exhibition 'My Secret Garden Valencia', expressly created by Quinze to dialog art with its environment of the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències with the collaboration of the Gabarron Foundation. The brand new monumental sculptures consists of a series of six large-format sculptures, four of which can be seen on the Paseo del Arte and two on the southern lake of the Hemisfèric.
rne Quinze was born in 1971 in Belgium, lives and works in Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium and Los Angeles, USA. The recurrent foundations of his work are the use of wood and metal, electric colours in fluorescent painting and themes relating to social and interaction, nature and urbanism. My Secret Garden Valencia' establishes a dialogue with Santiago Calatrava's architecture and embodies the artist's research on diversity in nature. Each of the sculptures focuses on different issues of evolution and creates a connection between art and science.
My Secret Garden - València de Arne Quinze (1971, Brussels, Belgium) is an exhibition project of outdoor sculptures that is inserted in the evolution of new contemporary relationships generated by public art and its environment, redefining the "traditional link" with the symbolic, social and communicative of a city, its inhabitants and tourists. Quinze, assumes as its own the changes of paradigms and the evolutions in the ideas of generating city, the project carried out for the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències is framed within a close relationship with the environment and its inhabitants, emanates from the configuration where nature and research on diversity must be present in cities, it is the leitmotiv of Arne Quinze's work.
Since the Palaeolithic the representation of nature is linked to the symbolic and magical, if we look at the classical point of view of art, has sought imitation. Quinze understands art and nature as a reason for being, ideas linked to the human being. His sculptures are born from the multiple encounters with the beauty of nature in the surroundings and in the garden of his home-studio in Sint-Martens-Latem, near Ghent (Belgium) where he has generated a small ecosystem of flora and fauna, which are a source of stimulus and from where he combines painting and installation-sculpture. Reflections that have led him to question the expansion of cities and the rupture that is occurring in the balance of conservation and diversity of nature, before the serious problem that presents itself with its permanent deterioration. Quinze's artistic work emerges as a reaction to the continuous news that reaches us from all parts of the world on Mother Earth, is one of the most serious environmental problems caused by climate change and the depletion of natural resources currently facing our society. They are compositions that generate a game of attraction and rejection, works that try to change the social perception of the natural world, in the way we relate to it and how we visualize it, are sculptures inspired by the dictates of nature, and where Quinze makes the organic fragments that are based on the natural world sprout.
He investigates and projects small works, models, drawings for his large installations and sculptures. Innovative in the new proposals and in the use of materials, he has an intuitive work in the part of the conception and that arises from a concept and predetermined idea. His line of work includes installations made mainly with thousands of monochromatic strips of recycled wood that he assembles in an apparent invasive chaos and, on the other hand, projects developed with organic forms. The València exhibition is the first in Spain, along the lines of generating compositions that arise from organic forms, obtaining works that are made up of brilliant paints, electric and fluorescent colours, tonalities produced by baking in ovens, and made up of recycled materials of aluminium and steel, made in metal factories in the region of the residence, by the artist himself.
His sculptures are based on the organic concept of form. They are inspired, among others, by the many varieties of Altramuz (Lupinus), a straight-stemmed plant typical of the Mediterranean, in wild and cultivated species, with very bright colours. Quinze intertwines forms with metal, material that folds and welds, perforates, marks and deforms, converts a hard component into a ductile one acquiring the properties and forms of leaves and petals. He is master in balancing the vertical thrusts with the horizontal and curvilinear ones, establishing a formal harmony, he obtains concentrated compositions, with a great wealth of forms that ends up representing the unicity and volume. From his encounters with nature comes My Secret Garden, where forms contain emptiness and time, compositions that invite us to reflect and connect with nature, sensations of ethereal workmanship that float in space, and give rise to an impression of movement and life, as well as a false fragility, creating an atmosphere where serenity connects you with the intimate, with the organic, with the inner life of his compositions.
Quinze is based on flowers and plants as the living matter of nature, compositions that endow them with energy and spirit, sculptures that form part of a whole, with messages through the force of form, entering into harmony as a "living body" in the architectures and acquiring an encounter in the spaces created by Calatrava. This conjunction gives rise to a play of vacuums and shadows, which the architect conceives as a viewpoint towards the future, and the sculptor takes advantage of and situates nature, with its secret garden (sculpture), giving rise to an act of celebration, in conjunction with architecture.
The six large sculptures that make up the series have been conceived exprofeso for the public space of the Paseo del Arte (Umbracle) and the southern lake of the Hemisfèric, which allow us to have a renewed and positive landscape impact. With his installation of colourful sculptures with shapes based on the Mediterranean garden, he becomes reference symbols. Each sculpture in the exhibition focuses on the different themes of evolution, establishing a connection between art and science. Quinze manages to create places that are more humanised and inhabitable by the population, works that will become part of the daily life of neighbours and tourists during the exhibition, contributing to an increase in the number of pedestrians in the area, having a positive impact on the sustainability of its economic development, as the sculptures will be a further attraction within the tourist offer, where the works will appropriate realities outside the disciplinary fields, allowing them to generate suitable spaces on a human scale.
Quinze approaches the project from the appropriation of the urban landscape, transects modernity and stimulates the imagination of the walker. My Secret Garden becomes a personal expression of the artist and, despite being mainly destined for contemplation, it responds to an understanding of art and culture as a public service. When art becomes urban, the creative act is linked to social and civic sense. Quinze a través de les obras pretends to create experiences, articulating urban responses not only for aesthetic purposes, his work goes further, the works are loaded with specificity in the context of the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències and establish a dialogue, by bringing different communities into contact with the diversity of nature. He understands the city as a physical and socio-cultural framework, in short, the public space of the Paseo del Arte provokes interactions in the spectator-citizen, and makes the area act as a stage where things happen, ideas related to thought, illusion and theatricality. And in the lake, he takes advantage of the area with the water as another material, where his flowers come out of the liquid while settling in it. The perception of the works is close to and different from if they were exhibited in a museum or art centre, causing the citizen to find them in the street, eliminating the perceptive distance established between the object and the spectator driven by beauty.