The MAXAM Foundation inaugurated the Vanitas Exhibition on October 30, a show based on the work of Alfonso Albacete and which includes some of the most outstanding pieces of the MAXAM Painting Collection, with artists such as Arturo Mélida, Cecilio Plá, Julio Romero de Torres, Eduardo Arroyo and Pedro Batalla Xatruch.
On a regular basis, the Maxam Foundation presented its calendar within the framework of the celebration of the Autumn Salon, but this time they wanted to make this event an own exhibition that also includes some of the works mentioned in its calendar.
This was reflected in his words by the Chairman of the Maxam Foundation, José Fernando Sánchez Junco, thanking the work that the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors is doing in the dissemination of art and culture, and as official sponsors of the Autumn Salon that organizes the centenary entity.
The exhibition can be visited until next November 18 in the Sala Pardo Bazán of the Modern Spain building of the Lázaro Galdiano Museum and is a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the history and iconography of the MAXAM Painting Collection. Composed of more than 100 works, this Collection is an initiative of pioneering business patronage in Spain, whose images have illustrated year after year the popular “almanac of explosives” that the company publishes since 1900.
“MAXAM Foundation arises from our company’s commitment to social progress through the promotion of culture and education. The exhibition that we inaugurated today at the Lázaro Galdiano joins other artistic dissemination initiatives such as those already carried out in countries such as Spain, the United States and Panama, among others, “explains Fernanda Cardama, Patron of the MAXAM Foundation and Global Head People & Resources of the company.
Vanitas, made expressly by Alfonso Albacete to illustrate the MAXAM Calendar of 2019, is based on such an exciting subject in the history of art as is the painting within the painting, explains Lucas Ferreira, Deputy Director of the MAXAM Foundation and curator of the exhibition . Under this Baroque term, the author gives title to an image of images, to a narration with plots as different as the history of painting, the creative process, the popular symbology of Spain in the 50s and 60s or the works that They preceded him in the MAXAM Collection.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo, accompanied by the vast majority of members of its Board of Directors, such as Juan Manuel López-Reina, Vice President, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, General Secretary , the Vowels Antonio Téllez de Peralta, Paloma Casado López, Carmen Bonilla Carrasco, the Librarian Fernando de Marta and the Adviser Itziar Zabalza Murillo.
Alfonso Albacete (Antequera, 1950) is one of the most prestigious and innovative names in Spanish painting in recent decades. At the end of the 70s and the beginning of the 80s, he promoted, along with other artists, a “return to painting”, to the canvas as a support perfectly capable of expressing any artistic concern. In his works, and Vanitas is a clear example of this, one can see his interest in Russian constructivism (geometrization of space), American abstraction (expressiveness of colors) and Spanish baroque (symbolism and iconography of the elements used) .
Alfonso Albacete held his first solo exhibition, In the studio, in 1979 at the Egam Gallery in Madrid. From that sample, Albacete has been considered one of the most reputed names in contemporary Spanish painting.
He has made more than 70 exhibitions, between individuals and collectives and his work is part of the collections of museums and collections such as the Reina Sofía National Art Center Museum (Madrid, Spain), The Chase Manhattan Bank (New York, USA). ), at the White House Collection (Washington, USA), at the Collection Dobe (Zurich, Switzerland, at the Mie Prefectural Art Museum (Mie, Japan) and at the Wurth Museum (Kunzelsau, Germany).