Centro de Artes Visuales Fundación Helga de Alvear

from June 8th 2013 to March 30th 2014

On Paper

Maybe it is the idiosyncrasies of Helga’s way of seeing things, special and passionate, that makes her collection on paper so forceful. Because paperis somewhat fragile, on the point of slipping away. There is something of a love letter, those that are blown away and reach their recipients like the kisses, as mentioned by Kafka in Letters to Milena,

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Sobre papel. Foto. Joaquín Cortés

Sobre papel. Foto. Joaquín Cortés

Sobre papel. Foto. Joaquín Cortés

Sobre papel. Foto. Joaquín Cortés

Sobre Papel. Foto. Joaquín Cortés

Sobre Papel. Foto. Joaquín Cortés

Sobre papel. Foto. Joaquín Cortés

Sobre papel. Foto. Joaquín Cortés

Sobre papel. Foto. Joaquín Cortés

Sobre papel. Foto. Joaquín Cortés

Sobre Papel. Foto. Joaquín Cortés

Sobre Papel. Foto. Joaquín Cortés

Sobre papel. Foto. Joaquín Cortés

Sobre papel. Foto. Joaquín Cortés

Sobre papel. Foto. Joaquín Cortés

Sobre papel. Foto. Joaquín Cortés

Sobre Papel. Foto. Joaquín Cortés

Sobre Papel. Foto. Joaquín Cortés

Sobre Papel. Foto. Joaquín Cortés

Sobre Papel. Foto. Joaquín Cortés

Sobre papel. Foto. Joaquín Cortés

Sobre papel. Foto. Joaquín Cortés

Sobre papel. Foto. Joaquín Cortés

Sobre papel. Foto. Joaquín Cortés

Sobre Papel. Foto. Joaquín Cortés

Sobre Papel. Foto. Joaquín Cortés

Sobre Papel. Foto. Joaquín Cortés

Sobre Papel. Foto. Joaquín Cortés

Sobre Papel. Foto. Joaquín Cortés

Sobre Papel. Foto. Joaquín Cortés




Maybe it is the idiosyncrasies of Helga’s way of seeing things, special and passionate, that makes her collection on paper so forceful. Because paperis somewhat fragile, on the point of slipping away. There is something of a love letter, those that are blown away and reach their recipients like the kisses, as mentioned by Kafka in Letters to Milena, that are drunk by the ghosts of dawn. Works on paper also have a very secretive element: their very frailty means they have to remain stored for long periods of time, away from prying eyes, only for the eyes of the owner.

Always intuitive, Helga de Alvear soon understood the importance of works on paper – especially drawings – that has begun to govern the current scene, offering that portion of freedom for creators that they may not be able to achieve using other techniques given the intimacy that paper affords.

But the fact that Helga de Alvear’s collection is the result of a passionate gaze and not of fashions, based on the taste of the collector, does not mean, in any way, that a forceful path through the art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries cannot be discerned; quite the contrary, is feasible to propose a stroll through international art in general and through national art in particular in virtue of the treasured works in this collection. The selection for this exhibition is based on that idea: being faithful to the collection itself, clearly display its particularities, its «monographic» proposals. Present rather than represent the collection.

Works

285 works in exhibition

Artists

Ignasi Aballí | Alfonso Albacete | Carlos Alcolea | Helena Almeida | Francis Alÿs | Karel Appel | Vasco Araújo | Elena Asins | David Austen | Francis Bacon | Stephan Balkenhol | Miquel Barceló | Elke Baulig | Thomas Bayrle | Natividad Bermejo | Hans Bloch | Christine Boshier | Louise Bourgeois | Marcel Broodthaers | José Manuel Broto | Fernando Bryce | Pedro Cabrita Reis | Alexander Calder | Miguel Ángel Campano | Eduardo Chillida | Christo | George Condo | Michael Craig-Martin | Nacho Criado | José Pedro Croft | José Damasceno | Hanne Darboven | Sonia Delaunay | Dj Simpson | Óscar Domínguez | Jean Dubuffet | Marcel Duchamp | Marlene Dumas | Marcel Dzama | Equipo Crónica | Max Ernst | Pepe Espaliú | Iran Do Espírito Santo | Teresita Fernández | Ángel Ferrant | Esther Ferrer | Jorge Galindo | Dora García | Mathias Goeritz | Julio González | Luis Gordillo | Alberto Greco | Katharina Grosse | José Guerrero | Federico Guzmán | Hans Hartung | Manuel Hernández Mompó | Arturo Herrera | Juan Hidalgo | Rebecca Horn | Allen Jones | Vasili Kandinski | Kazuo Katase | Mike Kelley | Ellsworth Kelly | Martin Kippenberger | Wolfgang Laib | Les Levine | Roy Lichtenstein | Richard Lindner | Mark Lombardi | Richard Long | Eva Lootz | Christian Marclay | Marta De Gonzalo Y Publio Pérez Prieto | Maryan | Gordon Matta-Clark | Paul Mccarthy | Beatriz Milhazes | Manolo Millares | Joan Miró | Mitsuo Miura | Matt Mullican | Ernesto Neto | Louise Nevelson | Kenneth Noland | Jockum Nördström | Gabriel Orozco | Tony Oursler | Nam June Paik | Mimmo Paladino | Pablo Palazuelo | Blinky Palermo | Lygia Pape | Ester Partegàs | A.R. Penck | Dan Perjovschi | Pablo Picasso | Jorge Queiroz | Arnulf Rainer | Robert Rauschenberg | Tobias Rehberger | Gerhard Richter | Jorge Rodrigues | Karin Sander | Antonio Saura | Thomas Schütte | Eusebio Sempere | Santiago Serrano | David Shrigley | Robert Smithson | Jürgen Stollhans | Antoni Tàpies | Paul Thek | Mark Tobey | Susan Turcot | Richard Tuttle | Luc Tuymans | Pablo Vargas Lugo | Rachel Whiteread | Haegue Yang | Fernando Zóbel

Curator: Estrella de Diego

Madrid, 1958

She is an essayist and Professor of Contemporary Art at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid, where she earned a doctorate in History of Art. Her research has focused on issues of the genre theory, cultural/postcolonial studies and the construction of identities in modernity, issues around which many of her publications and exhibitions revolve.
She has expanded her studies at a number of centres, including the Instituto de Historia del Arte (History of Art Institute) and the School of Applied Arts and Industry at the University of Helsinki and she has been a Fulbright scholar at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University (1987-1989), to which she returns regularly as a visiting researcher.
Frequently required to exercise her teaching and research career in universities and at specialised centres in Spain and abroad, she has held, among other academic honours, the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Chair of Spanish Culture and Civilization at New York University. In addition, she has been a Ford Foundation Visiting Professor, Illinois University, at Urbana-Champaign.
She has been and is a member of the editorial board of a number of journals (Revista de Occidente and Balsa de la Medusa, Arenal, Trasdos, Perspective (Paris)…) and is a member of advisory boards for organisations and museums (Fundación Carolina, Fundación Mapfre, MUSAC de Leon, Vostell Museum, Spanish Academy in Rome, etc.).
She has curated a wide range of exhibitions, such as Po(E/LI)tical Object (Spanish Insititute, New York, 1988), Los cuerpos perdidos. Fotografía y surrealistas (Fundación “la Caixa”, 1996), A vueltas con los sentidos (Casa de América, Madrid, 1999), Visiones huidizas (Fundación Carlos de Amberes, 2001) or the Spanish representation at the 22nd Sao Paulo Biennial (1994) and at the 49th Venice Biennale (2001). Among her recent exhibitions as curator are Warhol sobre Warhol (La Casa Encendida, 2007) and Sophie Taueber-Arp (Museo Picasso, Málaga, 2009).
She is the author of numerous articles published in specialised Spanish and foreign journals and has written, among others, the following books: La mujer y la pintura en la España del siglo XIX (Cátedra, Madrid, 1987), El andrógino sexuado. Eternos ideales, nuevas estrategias de género (Visor, Madrid, 1992), Tristísimo Warhol ( Editorial Siruela, Madrid, 1999), Querida Gala. Las vidas ocultas de Gala Dalí (Espasa, 2003) and Travesías por la incertidumbre (Seix Barral, 2005), Remedios Varo (Fundación Mapfre, 2007), Contra el mapa (Siruela, 2008) and Maruja Mallo (Fundación Mapfre, 2008), No soy yo (Siruela, 2011) and the novel El filósofo y otros relatos sin personajes (Siruela, 2000).
She is currently a regular columnist for the daily newspaper El Pais and directs the mínima Azul series for Editorial Siruela. She has won several awards, such as the XI Premio Periodístico sobre la Lectura by the Fundación Sánchez Ruiperez and she has received the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts for her work as a writer and researcher.

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