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Jaume Plensa: Lou, Laura Asia, Wilsis, Mar and Julia

Jaume Plensa, "Lou, Laura Asia, Wilsis, Mar and Julia", 2015-2016. Iron. Photo: Yves Bresson. © ADAGP, Paris 2017.

Jaume Plensa: Laura and Lou

Jaume Plensa, "Laura and Lou", 2017. Stainless steel. 400 x 420 x 300 cm each. 200 kg each. Photo: Catherine Panchout. © ADAGP, Paris 2017.


Jaume Plensa, The Faces of Memory


Jaume Plensa is a Catalan sculptor born in Barcelona in 1955.

His work is exhibited around the world (Rio de Janeiro, New York, Zaragoza, Shanghai, Bordeaux, Venice), especially his sculptures in public space. The theme of the body plays a central part in his work, which has materialized in the recent years in the form of oversized figures. The artist, open to all sculptural techniques, recently created monumental heads in cast iron, resin, metal mesh, as well as steel letters.

In the Museum central exhibition space, two large steel mesh faces face each other, massive and light, present and transparent. A large-scale drawing of a face with melted edges and a blurred appearance, made directly on the wall, seems to be diluting in space. Five bronze portraits of young girls measuring over 13 feet high stand side-by-side without looking at one another. The latter are emblematic of the recent work of Jaume Plensa.

Curator: Lóránd Hegyi.


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