Open Rooms is a major exhibition of the work of the internationally-acclaimed Spanish abstract painter Juan Uslé. Comprising some 40 works, ranging from the 1990s to 2003, the exhibition is grouped into five series – Soñé que Revelabas, Eolo, Rizoma, In Urbania and Celibataires. Although influenced by ideas ranging from philosophy to multiculturalism, Uslé’s lyrical abstract works do not aim to be in any way representational, rather they convey his personal vision of the world which is poetic rather than narrative. His paintings are not a window on the world but are an area of dialogue which he probes and explores. Many of his paintings lead the viewer into a labyrinthine space in which Uslé’s precise articulation seems to point in a specific direction while still, paradoxically, leaving the way open to the viewer’s interpretation.
This exhibition is curated by Enrique Juncosa, Director, IMMA. It was first shown at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (MNCARS), Madrid. It has travelled to Fundación Marcelino Botín, Santander, Spain, and Stedelijk Museum Voor Actuele Kunst, (S.M.A.K.), Gent, Belgium. The exhibition is supported by the Directorate General for Cultural and Scientific Relations of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, along with the State Corporation for Cultural Action Abroad (SEACEX) and MNCARS. The opening event at IMMA is supported by the Instituto Cervantes, Dublin.
To download the intoduction wall text to the exhibition please follow the link:
Juan Uslé: Open Rooms (Adobe pdf – 207KB)
A fully-illustrated catalogue, with essays by Enrique Juncosa, Director, IMMA, Jan Hoet and David Carrier, writers, and Eva Wittocx, Co-Ordinator of Exhibitions, S.M.A.K., accompanies the exhibition (price €30.00).
A Limited Edition print of Juan Uslé’s work is available to buy, please follow the link to IMMA Edition: Juan Uslé
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