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Malaga: Mark Ryden’s  “Cámara de las Maravillas”

Mark Ryden @ CAC Malaga

Since its opening last December “Cámara de las Maravillas”, the first solo show in Europe by American artist and father of Pop Surrealism Mark Ryden (1963, Medford, Oregon), has brought thousands of people to the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (CAC) in Málaga, Spain. Curated by Fernando Frances, the exhibitions retraces over 20 years of creation by the artist, and features 55 works including iconic pieces such Incarnation (2009) –which inspired inspiration Lady Gaga’s 2010 meat dress-, most of which are kept in private collections.

Mark Ryden @ CAC Malaga
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Visitors are greeted by the 2012 painting The Parlor – Allegory of Magic, Quintessence, and Divine Mystery , which anticipates many of the elements to be encountered throughout the exhibition: a magical juxtaposition of hybrid creatures in a theatrical setting surrounded by a myriad of symbols, with a perfect rendering of oil painting techniques. The meticulous and detailed work reminds us of Renaissance and Surrealist masters with a contemporary pop culture twist.

Mark Ryden @ CAC Malaga

The earliest work in the exhibition is the painting Saint Barbie (1994), while the most recent, the sculpture Wood Meat Dress (2016), was created especially for the Málaga show. From the young girl worshiping a goddess-like Barbie doll to the eerie, sad-eyed sculpted lady, we can appreciate the evolution of Mark Ryden’s distinctive portraiture of the female characters through the years.

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The show presents all the different series that the artist has exhibited in the past –The Meat Show (1998), Bunnies & Bees (2001), Blood (2003), The Tree Show (2007), The Snow Yak Show (2009), The Gay 90’s (2010), The Gay 90’s West (2014), and Dodecahedron (2015)— as well as the original artwork for the cover of Michael Jacksons’ album Dangerous and three delicate porcelain figures made in the last five years.

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Science and the destruction of Nature are a recurring theme within  Mark Ryden’s  body of work.
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The big exhibition space of the CAC has been articulated in a way that allows the visitor to see many of the pieces at the same time, encouraging many dialogues and correspondences not also between the works, but also between their magnificent frames. These have never been a secondary element for the artist, who designs many of them himself so they perfectly match and complete each of the paintings.

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Visitors are invited the view this cabinet of curiosities with the eyes of a child, letting the imagination run free. Fans of Mark Ryden will be delighted to see together such a careful selection of old as well as new pieces, while those unfamiliar with the artist have here a wonderful opportunity to dive into his enigmatic universe, which is very much alive and still evolving.

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View the full set of pics here

Mark Ryden – “Cámara de las Maravillas”
Until March 5,2017
CAC Malaga

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Malaga: D*Face – ‘Wasted Youth’ @ CAC Malaga

D*Face - Wasted Youth @ CAC Malaga

CAC Málaga, in collaboration with the British Council, recently opened up the first solo exhibition in Spain from D*Face (see the studio visit here). The London-based artist’s work was seen for the first time in Málaga in 2013 when he created an immense mural for the MAUS Project (covered) along with Shepard Fairey. Wasted Youth is his first solo exhibition for a museum, and includes 40 works created during his 15 year long career, some of which are on show for the very first time.

Featuring paintings, screenprints, sculptures, stencils as well as a huge skeleton installation, the show is currently on view through September 27th and is running alongside Fairey’s Your Eyes Here (covered).

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D*Face – Wasted Youth
Until 25 Sept 2015
CAC Malaga, Spain

Malaga: Shepard Fairey – ‘Your Eyes Here’ @CAC Malaga

Shepard Fairey - Your Eyes Here Malaga

Los Angeles-based artist Shepard Fairey is having his first solo exhibition in a Spanish museum at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, curated by Fernando Francés. With over 300 pieces, this is the largest body of work from Shepard Fairey to ever be exhibited. The retrospective ‘Your Eyes Here’ spans over 25 years, and features paintings, silkscreens, stencils, stickers, illustrations, collage, photographs, sculptures and works in wood and metal. The show is structured in thematic sections that retrace Fairey’s artistic influences like music, politics – war and peace – and environmental issues. There are also selected examples of his early works, street art and portraits of musicians, artists and activists, as well as an impressive collection of his screenprints, an essential part of his production.

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In parallel to the museum exhibition, he and his team also painted a new ‘Mujer Fatal’ mural in the Soho district and some Obey Giant paste up and stencils could be found across the streets of Malaga.

View the full set of pics from the exhibition here

Shepard Fairey – Your Eyes Here
CAC Malaga
Until 25
September 2015