Centro de Artes Visuales Fundación Helga de Alvear

6 April to 27 May 2018

Mitsuo Miura

Living in Spain since 1966, Mitsuo Miura (Iwate, Japan, 1946) has been part of our art scene since the 1970s thanks to the personal element he has brought to his works. The roots of this individuality can be found in his native eastern culture.

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Living in Spain since 1966, Mitsuo Miura (Iwate, Japan, 1946) has been part of our art scene since the 1970s thanks to the personal element he has brought to his works. The roots of this individuality can be found in his native eastern culture.

The environment that surrounds him has always been the guiding principle and the repository from which Miura extracts the conceptual and formal principles that make him a unique landscape artist. However, it will not be the term “landscape” that defines his work, despite the fact that the experience of nature in the mountains of Madrid and on Genoveses Beach, first, and the urban context, secondly, have inspired his art.

Miura does not paint, sculpt or install landscapes, but rather the mechanisms that capture them whether they be perceptive and mechanical or of a sensory, strictly physical, and emotional nature. A tour of the works in the Helga de Alvear collection brought together in this exhibition will enable you to see this. Consequently, it will not be trees that we see in those dug-out trunks, but the feeling of walking into the forest; nor shall we contemplate the coastline, the mountains or the sea in the succession of abstract, geometric forms or not, but the angle of a camera, the shape and the effect of framing or superimposing them, the simplification of the silhouette of the mountain and the coast or the symbolic representation of water. And with them, through the colour and the materials, we will witness the changes in nature due to the effects of the changing light throughout the day, the transformations that the heat and the humidity or the twinkling sunlight on the surface of the sea produce. And, all of this, mediated by a body, that of the artist, which is pleasantly immersed in contemplation and sensations that are experienced not only by the sense of sight but by the entire body, translating the whole into emotions and a feeling of serene calmness.

Nor will we see in the series, such as Show Window, the skyline of the city or the density of visual presentations and the lights of the new urban organisation determined by consumption. We shall only see its geometry, vitality, and the fragmentation or the nervous wandering of the gaze as it drifts from one place to another, incapable of stopping calmly at one point.

Painting, sculpture, photography and installations, but also combined works, a field in which Miura has played a decisive role in the Spanish panorama as an author and also as a promoter, along with Arturo Rodriguez, through the adventure that was Galería & Ediciones Ginkgo from 1989 to 1998.

No reference to these works, nothing specific, no content, only emptiness. A vacuum of pleasure that requires the viewer to employ the same contemplative mood and to take in the landscape conceptually and make it an emotional experience.

Works

42 works in exhibition

Artists

Mitsuo Miura (Iwate, Japan, 1946)
Lives and works in Madrid, Spain.

He began studying Fine Arts in Tokyo, but finished in Madrid after settling there in 1966. By the seventies he had shown an interest in oriental culture and art which would preside various points of his work, conferring a strict control over his early matter paintings which reinterpret stylistic elements of abstract expressionism, or focussing his attention on the observation of nature understood as concept, matter and experience as opposed to a referent. His paintings and drawings are joined by photography, interventions in nature, sculpture and wall-hanging media. In the nineties, when he began increasingly to concentrate on cityscapes and the rhythms dictated by mass media and advertising, he resorted to collage and installation. He has crafted his own personal plastic vocabulary by passing minimalism, conceptual art and land art through his filter of oriental spiritualism and refinement and applying a process of abstraction.
Since 1969, when he was given his first solo show, his work has been regularly displayed at solo and group exhibitions, for the most part held in Spain. Among his recent solo exhibitions it is worth mentioning the ones organized at the Museo Español de Arte Contemporáneo, Madrid (1981); Marimura Art Museum, Tokyo (1988); Koldo Mitxelena Kulturenea, San Sebastián (1994); Tozai Bunka Centre, Tokyo (1999); Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid (2000); MACUF, A Coruña (2001) and Artium, Vitoria, and Museo Barjola, Gijón (2002). He was awarded the II Engraving Prize at the Alexandria Biennale (1978) and the Pancho Cossío National Drawing Prize (1982).

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