art place berlin – Forum for Contemporary Art at the Park Inn Berlin - Alexanderplatz Shows: The Graphic Portfolio - Federico Garcia Lorca

50 artists from 22 countries dedicated their works to the Spanish poet and dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca who was murdered in 1936 at the age of 38. He became an icon of the political, intellectual and artistic freedom far beyond the borders of Spain.

Berlin, Germany, September 12, 2013 --( The idea for this graphic portfolio was born in winter 1977 in Madrid by the curator and art collector Toni Politeo. International artists should make artistic contributions in memory of Federico Garcia Lorca - poet and dramatist, musician and painter, freethinker and reformer, a friend of Salvador Dali and Luis Buñuel. Travelling round the world Politeo won over artists from 22 countries - from China to Chile - to his idea. A lot of well-known personalities supported him - for example the art reviewer Pierre Restany who gave the "Nouveaux Réalistes" their name in 1960.

In the summer of 2003 the project was completed. The Garcia Lorca portfolio which contains coloured lithographs and serigraphs originated in the 1990ies. It is a homage to a generalist who sowed instead of hatred, violence and intolerance love, truth and understanding. The graphic portfolio became also an informative tour through the international contemporary art and became a document of cultural, artistic and historic importance. The list of the involved artists sounds like a "who is who" in modern art. With her works the artists set a sign for understanding, tolerance and the freedom of the individual.

Arman, Yaakov Agam, Miguel Berrocal, Paul Bogaret, Sandro Bracchitta, Peter Brandes, Boris Bucan, Rafael Canogar, Joaquin Capa, Luis Maria Caruncho, Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Philippe Cognee, Robert Combas, Corneille, José de Guimaraes, Erró, Antonio Girbes, Luis Gordillo, Josep María Guinovart, Peter Klasen, Manabu Kochi, Jannis Kounellis, Ivan Kozaric, Cristian Kriki, Peter Kuckei, Helge Leiberg, Ivan Lesiak, Bengt Lindström, Ramiro Llona, Markus Lüpertz, András Márkos, Roberto Matta, Ma Tse Lin, Jean Messagier, Jean Miotte, Aldo Mondino, Patrick Moya, Edo Murtic, Zoltan Novak, Bernard Rancillac, Cornelia Schleime, Roger Selden, Antonio Segui, Jesús Rafael Soto, Peter Stämpfli, Haruhiko Sunagawa, Richard Texier, Emilio Vedova, Vladimir Velickovic, Yun Hyong Keun

Musicality, mysticism and metaphorical images are shaping Garcia Lorca's virtuoso language which found its congenial expression in the Politeo portfolio by the plurality and internationality of the artists involved. Garcia Lorca's linguistic richness corresponds with the lithographies' stylistic variety and power of colours: ranging from a figurative Naturalism used by Markus Lüpertz and Cornelia Schleime to an abstract or geometrical Expressionism used by Edo Murtic or Peter Stämpfli to a literally "memorial-writ" used by Paul Bogaret and an emblematic abstraction used by Jésus Raphael Soto. Roberto Matta who knew Garcia Lorca personally was inspired by Dali's surrealistic portrait of the poet made in 1924 in Madrid when he created "his" Garcia Lorca whose single eye is setting its sight visionarily on the viewer.

Posthumously it is a memorial to those artists involved who died - Arman, Miguel Berrocal, Jeanne-Claude, Corneille, Josep Guinovart, Ivan Lesiak, Bengt Lindström, Roberto Matta, Jean Messagier, Aldo Mondino, Edo Murtic, Jésus Raphael Soto and Emilio Vedova.

Exhibition: The Graphic Portfolio – Federico Garcia Lorca
art place berlin – forum for contemporary art at the Park Inn Berlin-Alexanderplatz, Alexanderplatz 7, 10178 Berlin until October 30th, 2013, daily 9am – 9pm, entrance free.

Contact: Thomas Tyllack phone: (+49) 30 / 55 66 99 56
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