Valladolid, December 10, 2021
The artists are: Carlos Aganzo, creator of the poems that he himself recites in the performance; Ernesto Monsalve, composer and creator of this unique music and performer at the piano; Eva Helena García Hidalgo, Cello; Cristobal Gabarron, visual artist creator of the mural work. The performance took place in December last year at the Patio Herreriano Museum in Valladolid, as part of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and on the occasion of International Human Rights Day, which we relive with you today.
The consolidation of human rights throughout the world is one of the highest aspirations of mankind in our time. However, the reality of their application is still far from this goal. Cain's Altarpiece reflects on this painful reality. And it calls for further progress. The twelve large canvases by Cristóbal Gabarrón, accompanied by the poems of Carlos Aganzo and the music, composed by Ernesto Monsalve and performed by Eva Helena García on cello, add color, words and sound to this cry for dignity.
The monumental work El retablo de Caín (Cain's Altarpiece) is not only one of the masterpieces of the exhibition 'Gabarrón, humanist of colors', but perhaps the most evident proof of his commitment to denounce the abuse of human rights. From its most intimate local Castilian expression to its absolutely universal projection through the shapes, colors and compositions of Cristóbal Gabarrón.
On the great visual impact of the artist's twelve large canvases, Carlos Aganzo's poems dialogue with each of them, and do so at the same time with the twelve articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights whose violation is revealed in the altarpiece.
Shifting the individual vision of the pain of each of the twelve canvases towards the general vision of the whole, which represents the global pain of humanity, painting and poetry are joined by the music of the composer and orchestra conductor Ernesto Monsalve, who has created a specific score for this performance. A circular composition, full of expressiveness, which includes the interpretation of his piano and the cello of Eva Helena García, linked to the Pau Casal Foundation as a result of this exhibition, as one more point, especially intense, in the path of emotion. Plastic art, poetry and music, together in the unveiling of what man has ended up doing with his brother, with other men, throughout history. With what should never again be in a future that we want to recognize as human.