We celebrate the 109th birthday of the AEPE

On Friday, April 12, at the headquarters of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, we celebrated the 109th birthday of the AEPE.

It was an immense joy to share with each and every one of the partners this occasion in which our common home, was already 109 years old, during which we are the main artistic reference of Spain.

109 years later, we continue to mark the present in art, we continue to make culture and we continue to serve society, to which we owe.

We have the immense fortune to dream, think and feel through our works of art and without the need to say a single word.

We have the possibility that through our eyes, others discover another reality that makes them happy.

We have life, color, dreams, projects, we have a soul … 109 years later.

And that is what we share, in a common feeling of all of us who are part of this great family that we make who make art our life in the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors.

Thank you for sharing the encouragement and encouragement, for believing in us.

 

III Painting Contest MAXAM Down Madrid AEPE

The III MAXAM Painting Exhibition brings together more than 40 artists with intellectual disabilities

On March 26, with the assistance of the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo, Lucas Ferreira, Maxam Foundation, Inés Álvarez Arancedo, President of the Board of Trustees of Down Madrid and the Councilor of Retirement, Ignacio Murgui, was inaugurated in the Casa de Vacas of the Parque del Retiro in Madrid, the exhibition of the works participating in the III MAXAM Painting Contest organized by the Down Syndrome Foundation of Madrid and which has the indispensable collaboration of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors.

The artists realized a reinterpretation of the picture of the MAXAM Collection and image of the 2019 Calendar, “Vánitas”, work of Alfonso Albacete.

The winner of the contest from which the exhibition arises has been José Antonio Canales, and the finalists are: Milagros Martín, Esperanza Garrido and Ángela Rodríguez. The exhibition of the works that have participated in the III Painting Contest MAXAM – Down Madrid – AEPE has been visited at the Casa de Vacas Cultural Center of the Buen Retiro Park in Madrid from March 26 to 31, 2019.

The jury that chose these works, among the total submitted, met on March 5 and was formed by José Gabriel Astudillo, President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, Inés Álvarez and Elena Escalona, ​​President of the Board and General Director of Down Madrid respectively, Sonia García and María Miracle, Down artists and José Vicente Moreno Huart, Patron of the MAXAM Foundation.

Visitors to the exhibition have been able to see first hand the artistic capacity of people with intellectual disabilities, a collective with great creative potential, which usually defines the use of simple lines and large color spots. Each painting has a different style, a different way of using colors, some are more realistic, others more abstract, but all of them show the feelings, sensations and emotions that the work of Alfonso Albacete has evoked for artists with disabilities intellectual.

The sample claims the right of this group to the freedom of expression and opinion, included in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

“This event, which now reaches its third edition, is the result of a successful collaboration with Down Madrid, which allows us to realize our purpose of contributing to the progress and sustainable development of our society through cultural and educational programs,” explains Fernanda Cardama, Global Head People & Resources of MAXAM and Patron of the Foundation.

On the other hand, Inés Álvarez Arancedo, president of the Board of Trustees of Madrid, pointed out that “our artists have interpreted a work of value without being aware that they, at the same time, impregnate our lives with value”.

Also, Ángela Rodriguez, artist of Down Madrid and winner of the third prize in the III Painting Contest MAXAM has highlighted that she has loved performing this interpresatión of `Vanitas’, since it has made her think for herself, to use her imagination and be relaxed to be able to start painting this work on a blank canvas.

José Gabriel Astudillo, President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors has made a presentation for the catalog published for this reason, which we reproduce below:

WHITE ART

The Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors maintains its firm and determined commitment to artists with Down Syndrome.

This is how we understand it with its inclusion in the most prestigious and oldest artistic competition held in Spain, such as the Autumn Salon, precisely at the hands of the Maxam Foundation.

An initiative that makes me proud and of which we are an example for the opportunity it represents for Down artists, to exhibit their works with authentic art professionals.

Being an artist is not easy. Facing the creative task and putting it into practice is much more than an expression of a firm and determined will. It is getting to speak through colors and shapes, is to convey an emotion and a feeling that many artists do not get despite long years of experience and plastic experimentation.

And yet, it’s simple and simple for Down artists. They, who do not pretend to demonstrate a potentiality, that they have inherently, because they always transmit sensitivity in their canvases and they do it without adhering to fashions, tendencies, norms or styles. They just talk.

Our conception of art is established as something logical and assumed by society in a certain way by which we are guided indirectly, when we should look at the works as new formats of a very special letter whose recipients should forget those preconceived norms.

Wonderful letters full of light and color, of innocent and pure souls, which are those presented in this magnificent exhibition with which to recreate the essence of art in the purest state that today can be seen: “White Art” , as I would like to call it, and in which to include original proposals, non-toxic or adulterated by other types of current views that surround and suffocate us.

José Gabriel Astudillo López

President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors

Catalogo III Concurso Pintura MAXAM ArteDown AEPE

 

 

 

Called the IV Salt of Abstracto Art of the AEPE

The Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors has convened the fourth edition of the Salon of Abstract Art which may attend all artists residing in Spain who wish.

Each author may attend the contest with as many original works as he wishes, the subject and technique being free, making abstract art a sign and symbol, both in its capacity to produce the most varied emotions and in representing the most incredible stimuli.

The contest includes the sections of painting (drawing, engraving and watercolor) and sculpture The minimum size will be 50 x 50 and the maximum of 150 x 150. Each work presented will bear the author’s name, address, title, technique employed and the measures.

The following prizes will be awarded: JOSE MARIA LOPEZ MEZQUITA PAINTING MEDAL, endowed with the Medal and Diploma of the AEPE, the ANGEL FERRANT AND VÁZQUEZ SCULPTURE MEDAL, endowed with AEPE Medal and Diploma and Distinct MENTIONS OF HONOR, endowed with a Diploma. The Qualification Jury may grant the Honorable Mentions that it deems appropriate. The jury, which will designate the award and order of the prizes, will select the works for the exhibition and will be able to resolve any eventuality not foreseen in the bases, will be made up of experts of recognized prestige.

The awarded and selected works will be exhibited in the month of April in the Sala Juana Francés and the Sala Pablo Serrano of the Junta de Tetuán, located in the

Calle Bravo Murillo, 357 in Madrid, and the awards ceremony will be held at the inauguration of the same, whose date will be properly reported.

The dates to be taken into account will be the following:

Photo submission: until March 15, 2019

Physical works presentation end: Tuesday, March 26, 2019

From May 6 to 10, 2019: withdrawal of works from headquarters

Bases IV Salón de Arte Abstracto 2019

 

Imagen visual obra de Carmen Bonilla Carrasco

Juarranz y Picasso amazed the public at AEPE

On Friday, January 25, at the headquarters, the presentation of the book presentation took place under the title of “Guernica. The unknown masterpiece “, realized the professor José Mª Juarranz.

The event, which was full of partners, friends and lovers of art in general, was presented by the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo, who highlighted “Picasso’s opportunism” and how a political work so universal throughout the last century. ”

In addition to the Vice President of the AEPE, Juan Manuel López-Reina, the General Secretary, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, the Members Alicia Sánchez Carmona, Antonio Téllez de Peralta, Paloma Casado, Carmen Bonilla, the Librarian, Fernando de Marta were present. , the Treasurer, Ana Martínez and the Presidency Advisor, Itziar Zabalza Murillo.

But in addition, the 2017 Planeta Award, Javier Sierra, did not want to miss this fascinating story about a universal picture, as it also happened with Tomás Paredes, the President of the Spanish Association of Art Critics.

Fourteen years of research and almost 300 pages are testimony to the serious effort made by Professor José María Juarranz to show that Picasso’s Guernica is not a metaphor for the Nazi bombing of that Basque city, but a compilation of elements that through a language, relatively encrypted, symbolize details of his biography.

According to José María Juarranz, “There have been coherent studies but I have made the real jump.” The painting is a synthesis of the most important moments of its history, the Andalusian earthquake in 1864, the death of his friend Carlos Casagemas and his marital conflict in the 30s with his wife Olga Khokhlova, “he clarified.

Thus, the book maintains that the minotaur is a “self-portrait” of Picasso with which he wanted to put himself at the level of Velázquez and Goya in his paintings Las meninas and La familia de Carlos IV, respectively; and the horse would be his wife Olga.

 

Cristóbal Rodríguez Sahagún picked up the II Medal Down Madrid of the 85 Salón de Otoño

Last Thursday, January 10, at the headquarters of the AEPE, took place the ceremony of delivery of the Down Madrid Medal of the 85th Autumn Salon to Cristóbal Rodríguez Sahagún, who was accompanied by numerous fellow artists of the Madrilenian foundation, as well as by Elena Escalona, ​​Director of the Down Syndrome Foundation of Madrid, and Belén Padilla, Coordinator of Culture and Down Art.

The President of the AEPE, José Gabriel Astudillo López, proudly presented this medal, accompanied by some members of the Board of Directors such as the Vice President, Juan Manuel López-Reina, the Members Antonio Téllez de Peralta, Paloma Casado, Carmen Bonilla Carrasco, the Librarian Fernando de Marta and the Treasurer, Ana Martínez.

In addition, Mª Luisa and Miguel Ángel Codina, did not want to miss the moment, that they all shared willingly after a visit to the social facilities.


We recall that the oil painting entitled “Atardecer en la Gran Vía”, by Cristóbal Rodríguez Sahagún, was the winner of the Down Madrid Medal of the past Autumn Salon, and that it is the second edition that is awarded, in which the artists down demonstrate his artistic sensibility, at the height of the rest of artists and professionals.

The full inclusion of the artists Down, is a source of pride for all those who have contributed to its recognition in the traditional Salon de Otoño, the oldest and most prestigious call of those held in Spain, thus constituting the first real opportunity that a centenary institution like the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, provides a group that still reserves many surprises in a very promising future.

Inauguration and awards ceremony of “Solo Arte”

On Tuesday, December 11th, the inauguration and delivery of prizes of the call that under the title of “Solo Arte” was carried out by the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors took place and thus closes the 2018 exhibition year of the centenary entity.
The event was attended by many partners, friends and the general public, and the official opening of the exhibition was also carried out, although it is open to the public since last December 8th.
The inauguration and award ceremony was chaired by José Gabriel Astudillo López, President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, who was accompanied by Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, General Secretary of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, Alicia Sánchez Carmona, Member of the Board, Fernando de Marta and Sebastián, Librarian of the AEPE, Ana Martínez Córdoba, Treasurer of the AEPE, Itziar Zabalza Murillo, Adviser to the President and numerous public, partners and friends.


The jury appointed for this occasion was composed of José Gabriel Astudillo López, President of the AEPE and Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, Secretary General of the AEPE, acting as President and Secretary of the Jury, respectively, both with voice and without vote; and as Members Alicia Sánchez Carmona, Carmen Bonilla Carrasco and Antonio Téllez de Peralta, all of them directors of the AEPE, and Luisa Jiménez Garrudo, painter and partner of the AEPE chosen at random.
The participation of this call has been very high and the quality of the work presented has also been at the level of initial expectations, presenting an exhibition that as a whole stands out for the excellent quality of the works, which denotes the desire to overcome the participants for making this call one of the great examples of the moment in the city of Madrid.


The President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo, wanted to thank the Madrid City Council, the District Board of Arganzuela and the Casa del Reloj Management for their interest in supporting the artists and highlights that the exhibition “It tries to be the reflection of artists today, giving visibility and representing their interests and concerns in artistic creation, offering it to society and the public as a way to understand and disseminate the art of painting and sculpture. “Solo Arte” pretends to be also a platform for experimentation, challenging the conventional in search of the new paths through which the most current art moves “.
Afterwards, the General Secretary of the AEPE, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, proceeded to read the minutes of the Selection and Qualification Jury, thus making known the prizes and the selected works, which have resulted in the following way:
MENTION OF HONOR
José Antonio De la Peña Sensations Oil / canvas 60 x 45


MENTION OF HONOR
Mª. Herminda White Gago. Meeting. Acrylic / canvas 60 x 60

MENTION OF HONOR
Mariano Galán Ortega. Sunrise in the Puebla del Río. Watercolor / paper. 50 x 60


MENTION OF HONOR
Cristina Sánchez. Beginning. Refractory clay. 40 x 28 x 22

MENTION OF HONOR
Carmen Espinosa Soto. Just me. Stoneware. 48 x 17 x 10


The selected authors are the following:  Miguel Ney Alcántara Feliz – Joaquín Alarcón González – Juan Carlos Atroche Medina – Ethel Bergman Andersson – Carmen Brito Fernández – Tomi Caballero – Martina Cantero – Paloma Casado – Pilar Cortés López – Charo Crespo – Alicia Da Col – José Antonio De la Peña – Javier De Mota – Jesús Del Peso – Cristina Del Rosso – Sopetrán Doménech – Coro Eizaguirre Orbe – Carmen Espinosa Soto – José Luis Fiol Valero – M. Esther Flórez – J. Luis Flórez de Uria – M. Herminda Gago Blanco – Mariano Galán Ortega – Martha Lucila Gómez – M. Luisa González Gutiérrez – M. Luisa González Ossorio – Argentina González Tamames – Héctor López – Enrique López Sardón – Paulino Lorenzo Tardón – Javier Lledó – José Luis Martín de Blas – Ana Martínez Córdoba – Emilio Martínez Sánchez – Victoria Moreno – Antonio Municio – Ana Muñoz – Pilar Navamuel – Beatriz Olabarría del Corral – Mayte Ramos – Pura Ramos – Sergio Ribeiro – Daniel Rod – Cristina Sánchez – Avelina Sánchez-Carpio – Jorge A. Segovia Gabucio – Florian Stefan – Austión Tirado – Rosa Tortajada.

SOLO ARTE

Exposición: Del 8 al 28 de diciembre de 2018

Inauguración: martes 11 de diciembre, a las 19 h.

Sala Primavera

Junta Municipal de Arganzuela

Paseo de la Chopera, 6.

28045 – Madrid

Horario: De lunes viernes de 9 a 20:30 h.

Sábados y domingos: de 10 a 14 h. y de 16 a 20:30 h.

Inaugurated the exhibition of Leovigildo Cristóbal

Tritoma Award of the 84th Autumn Salon

On December 4, 2018, the opening ceremony of the Leovigildo Cristóbal exhibition took place, Tritoma Prize of the 84th Autumn Salon, which can be visited until January 7, 2019, at the Sanchinarro Cultural Center (C / Princesa of Éboli, 29. 28050 Madrid, hours: L to V from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., S and D from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.).

The event was attended by the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo and the Managing Director of TRITOMA, José Luis Manzanares, as well as the Counselor of the Municipal Board of Hortaleza, representing the Madrid City Council.

Along with the President of the AEPE, were some members of the Board of Directors, such as Antonio Tellez, Paloma Casado, Ana Martinez and Carmen Bonilla Carrasco, who did not want to miss the act, and clothed the Peruvian painter, so linked to the centenary entity.

There was no shortage of friends, partners and a large number of people attracted by the colorful environment in which Leovigildo Cristóbal wraps some large works created expressly for this exhibition, which is the fulfillment of the Tritoma Award of the 84th Autumn Salon, which so rightly It was granted last year 2017.

José Gabriel Astudillo, President of the AEPE, has made the introduction of the catalog published for such reason that we reproduce below:

“Talking about Leovigildo Cristóbal is talking about Peru. Not only because that is his birthplace (Ticllos, province of Bolognesi, Department of Ancash), but because everything in it calls the artistic life of a great nation such as Quechua, which treasures great cultures such as the Nazca and large Inca treasures such as Machu Picchu. It is those colors and those lands that flood the production of cholo works, which are so characteristic and that represent the reflection of their landscapes and their artistic tradition, present in the Andes mountain range and in the virgin forest surrounding the lake Titicaca All his creations are characterized by the color of lighted tones and many contrasts, with the different nuances that disperse the seas, mountains and deserts of the Andean country. The snowy white of Huaytapallana, the blue of Lake Titicaca, the lush green of the Amazon jungle of Iquitos, the colonial yellow of Trujillo, the purple of the dawn of the Ucayali river, the intense red of the dishes of the earth, the orange of the sunsets of the Amazon, the golden desert of Paracas and the impressive rainbow of all its festivals and popular celebrations. This illustrious son of Ticllos, “ORGULLO DEL PERÚ”, shows his belonging to the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors that I am honored to preside over. His continued presence in the Autumn Salon and other events of our organization, has shaped his idiosyncrasies and shapes his special vision of the Andean world that always provides us with large formats and selected themes in which the figure of women always stands out. In the last edition number 84 of the Salon de Otoño, Leovigildo Cristóbal Valverde was awarded the “Premio Tritoma” awarded by a consolidated company and expert in cultural management with more than 30 years of experience, which now presents a monographic exhibition of the Peruvian, in the one that we are going to enjoy that color and that chromatic sensitivity that to all his works prints who so deeply loves them “.

 

inaugurated the III living room of realistic art of the AEPE

On November 6, 2018, in the Exhibition Hall Eduardo Úrculo, belonging to the Municipal Board of Tetuán, took place the opening ceremony of the III Realistic Art Salon of the AEPE, which with a very high participation rate, seems to have consolidated in the exhibition calendar of the centenary institution.

The event was chaired by José Gabriel Astudillo López, President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, and was attended by the Vicepresident, Juan Manuel López Reina, and various members of the Board of Directors, such as the Members Alicia Sánchez Carmona, Antonio Téllez, Carmen Bonilla Carrasco and the Presidency Advisor, Itziar Zabalza Murillo.

The exhibition, which will run until November 30, has 39 works by different authors, and has also had the José Villegas Cordero Painting Medal and the Juan Cristóbal Sculpture Medal, created for the occasion in the last edition, as well as as four Honorable Mentions.

The Jury in charge of the selection and qualification of the III Hall of Realist Art has been constituted by: José Gabriel Astudillo López, President of the AEPE, acting as President of the Jury and Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, Secretary General of the AEPE, as Secretary of the same, both with voice and without vote; and as members of the board Carmen Bonilla, Paloma Casado and Alicia Sánchez Carmona and Alejandro Alcázar de Velasco, painter and partner chosen at random.

In the opening ceremony the prizes were handed out, which turned out to be the following:

Painting Medal José Villegas Cordero, endowed with Medal and diploma to Milagros Rodríguez Bautista. By the mouth dies the fish. Mixed / table. 100 x 81

Sculpture Medal Juan Cristóbal, endowed with Medal and diploma Austión Tirado. Mi ser y yo. Chapa batida en frío. 112 x 52 x 50

Honorable Mention, endowed with a diploma to José Antonio De la Peña. ¿Por qué?. Grafito / papel Canson. 65 x 50

Honorable Mention, endowed with a diploma to Christian Mera. El niño José Luis Cuevas. Óleo / lienzo. 60 x 60

Honorable Mention, endowed with a diploma to Cristóbal Leiva. El escondite. Resina, pintura, ácido, acrílicos y hierro. 40 x 17 x 17

Honorable Mention, endowed with a diploma to Lola Santos. Adonis III. Terracota alta temperatura patinada. 48 x 30 x 35

The artists participating in the exhibition of this III Hall of Realist Art are: Joaquín Alarcón – Joaquín Besoy – Nicolás Blanco Muelas – Alfonso Calle – Martina Cantero – Manuela Carcelén – José Javier Castrillo Sierra – José Antonio De la Peña – Sopetrán Doménech Llorente – Ricardo Domínguez Corcuera (Ricardo Corcuera) – Helen Fernández – Federico García Zamarbide – Manuel Gascón -Eva González Morán – Mª Luisa González Ossorio – Lydia Gordillo – Dorothee Heiden – Antonio Izquierdo Ortega – Juan José Lozano – Carmen Marcos –  David Martín Rus (David Rus) – Leocadio Melchor Rodríguez – Christian Mera – Antonio Municio – Concha Muñoz – Javier Muñoz Barrios – Pedro Muñoz Mendoza – José Ramón Muro – Beatriz Olabarría del Corral – Jesús Pérez Hornero – Juan Francisco Pérez Somalo – Milagros Rodríguez Bautista – Cristóbal Rodríguez Leiva (Cristobal Leiva) – Lola  Santos – Esdras Serna – Antonio Téllez de Peralta – Austión Tirado

 

III Salón de Arte Realista de la AEPE

6 a 30 de noviembre de 2018

Inauguración y entrega de premios:

6 de noviembre de 2018, 19 h.

Salas de Exposiciones “Eduardo Úrculo” 

Junta Distrito de Tetuán

Plaza Donoso, 5

28029 Madrid

De lunes a sábado, de 9 a 21’30 h. Domingos y festivos: cerrado

Metro: Ventilla (línea 9)

Bus: 177, 42

 

 

Opened the III Hall of Drawing of the AEPE

On November 5, 2018, in the Exhibition Hall of the Cultural Center Nicolás Salmerón in Madrid, belonging to the Municipal Board of Chamartín, took place the opening ceremony of the III drawing room of the AEPE, with a very high participation rate , seems to have been consolidated in the exhibition calendar of the centenary institution.
The event was chaired by José Gabriel Astudillo López, President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, and was attended by the Vice President, Juan Manuel López Reina, as well as various members of the Board of Directors, such as the Members Alicia Sánchez Carmona, Antonio Téllez de Peralta, Carmen Bonilla, the Treasurer, Ana Martínez and the Presidency Advisor, Itziar Zabalza Murillo.

The exhibition, which will run until November 14, has 35 works by different authors, in a smaller format due mainly to the size of the room and the high participation rate and has also had the Medal of Drawing Marceliano Santamaría Sedano , created for the occasion in the last edition, and four Honorable Mentions.

In the opening ceremony the prizes were handed out, which turned out to be the following:

Medal of Drawing Marceliano Santamaría Sedano, endowed with Medal and diploma to Teresa Romero. Paternity. Coal / paper. 50 x 70

Engraving Medal Francisco Esteve Botey, endowed with Medal and diploma. Deserted

Honorable Mention, endowed with a diploma to Felipe Alarcón Echenique. In the shadow of pain. Mixed / cardboard. 70 x 50

Honorable Mention, endowed with a diploma to Lydia Gordillo. Ortigueira. Grafito / papel. 60 x 80

Honorable Mention, endowed with a diploma to José Luis Martín de Vidales. Lo que queda del día. Pastel / papel. 73 x 92

Honorable Mention, endowed with a diploma to Joaquín Morales Molero. Compañeros. Carboncillo y lápiz Conté. 40 x 56

The artists participating in the exhibition of this III Drawing Room are: Felipe Alarcón Echenique – Joaquín Alarcón González – José Juan Botella Moñino – Martina Cantero – Ricardo Domínguez Corcuera  (Ricardo Corcuera) – Pilar Cortés López – José Antonio De la Peña – Sopetrán Doménech Llorente – Carmen Durán Sanz – Fernando García Monzón – Mª Luisa González Ossorio – Lydia Gordillo – Manuel Hernández Díaz – Sonsoles Jiménez González – Paulino Lorenzo Tardón – Carlos Losa Revuelta – Juan José Lozano – José Luis Martín de Vidales – Christian Mera – David Montes Alonso – Joaquín Morales Molero – Pedro Muñoz Mendoza – Jesús Pérez Hornero – M. Teresa Pérez Romero (M. Teresa Romero) – Paloma Ramírez- Montesinos – Antonio Ruiz Torres – Alicia Sánchez Carmona – Lola Santos    – Arturo Tejero Esteban  – Antonio Téllez de Peralta.

III Salón de Dibujo de la AEPE

Sala de Exposiciones del Centro Cultural Nicolás Salmerón

Junta Municipal de Chamartín

Calle Mantuano, 5. 28002 Madrid

Exposición: del 2 al 14 de noviembre de 2018

Inauguración: lunes 5 de noviembre, 19 h.

Horario: De lunes a viernes de 9 a 13’30 y de 16 a 19 h.

Maxam presented his 2019 calendar

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

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).