The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation welcomes Spanish sculptor Miquel Navarro
Miquel Navarro. Sota la lluna, 1987.

MIAMI, FL.- In commemoration of the V Centennial of the discovery of the State of Florida by Ponce de León and the founding of the oldest city in the United States, St. Augustine, by Spanish admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés 450 years ago, the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation and the Institut Valencià d’Arte Modern (IVAM) are pleased to present the exhibition Miquel Navarro. City Metaphors. Selections from the IVAM Collection.

The new Spanish sculpture from the seventies and eighties which drew on the legacy of Spanish masters like Julio González, was characterized by the expansion of the field of sculpture installations to encompass installation art, and by interventions dealing with nature and actions on the body. The work of Miquel Navarro (Mislata, Valencia, 1945) holds its own particular value, one that has strongly prevailed over time with firmness and discipline in the international art scene.

His unmistakable representations of cities or “clusters” –as he refers to them– constitute a prototype he uses for his sculptural installations when grouping together small pieces, configured as diverse urban buildings, ranging from houses to factories, from ornamental to representational. Their structure is based on what is clearly an imaginary urbanism, a key aspect of Navarro’s works, now part of the IVAM’s permanent collection thanks to his generous donation of 515 pieces. This collection of works reflects his different stages allowing viewers to appreciatehis creative style.

Miquel Navarro’s work uses principles of construction that link it to sacred forms. The first of these principles is the work’s relationship to the external world, to nature itself. His aim is not to create bodies or objects that already exist in the tangible world, but rather to construct vital signs that reveal the order, harmony, permanence and the structure of things. With these key ideas in mind, his work could be summarized as installations and assemblages arranged as sculptural landscapes which range from the rural to the urban, from nature to the industrial.

In this sense, his work -as the exhibition City Metaphors suggests explores the simultaneity of different seasonal environments to create a sort of Cubist chronology where antiquity and modernity merge in figures such as buildings, industry and cities that merge past and future. Hence Miquel Navarro uses the city’s heartbeats to situate himself within contemporaneity. In this exhibition the artist seeks to establish a dialogue with his work via a dynamic language of sculpture that frames him as a creator of dreams, ideals and metaphors. This selection of works from the IVAM’s Collection will reveal two fundamental aspects of Navarro’s work: the fusion of his sculpture with architecture and his vision of the city.

Miquel Navarro was born in Mislata, Valencia (Spain) in 1945, where he studied at the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes de San Carlos. He began his career exhibiting his work as a painter , but from the seventies onwards he dedicated himself almost entirely to sculpture. His practice reflects on the role of architecture in shaping geographical space. In the eighties he began to work in public space and developed works for cities such as Valencia, Barcelona, Bilbao, Málaga, Zaragoza and Brussels.

Throughout his career, Navarro has received numerous awards such as the Premio Nacional de Artes Plasticas, the Alfonso Roig Prize, and the Julio Gonzalez International Prize from IVAM. He is an Academician of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid. His work is featured in important collections and museums, such as The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York; the Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno (IVAM) in Valencia (Spain); the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS) in Madrid (Spain); the Musée National Centre d’Art Georges Pompidou in Paris (France); and the Museu D’Art Contemporani (Macba) in Bar celona (Spain).

He has had solo shows at the Palacio de Cristal at the MNCARS in 1989; IVAM in 1990; MACBA in 1997; Pinacoteca do Estado in Sao Paulo in 1999; Museu de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in 2000; Museo Guggenheim de Bilbao (Spain) in 2004; and at the San Diego Museum of Art in San Diego (USA) in 2012. Navarro took part in the Biennale di Venezia (Italy) in 1986. He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions such as the XII Biennale de Paris, Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville in Paris (France) in 1982; Three Spanish Artists, at the Serpentine Gallery in London (England) in 1986; Die Spaniche Kunst in der Sammlung der Fundacio Caixa de Pensions, Städische Kunsthalle Mannheim, Kunstmuseum, Düsseldorf (Germany) in 1989; Visions Urbaines, Centre George Pompidou in Paris (France) in 1994; Forjar el Espacio, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) in 1998; Den Haag Sculptuur 2000 in The Hague (Netherlands) in 2000; Rumbos de la escultura española en el siglo XX, Fundación Santander Central Hispano exhibitions space in Madrid (Spain) 2001; and Antropoceno, III Bienal del Fin del Mundo in Ushuaia (Argentina) in 2011.

Today's News

April 6, 2013

After decade-long transformation, renewed Rijksmuseum revamps the Golden Age

After being uncovered by Soviet archaeologists, ancient mysteries revealed in Turkmen desert sands

Artists donate important works to benefit the Whitney Museum of American Art's new building project

Masterworks by Cezanne and Modigliani lead sale of the Collection of Alex & Elisabeth Lewyt at Sotheby's

Exhibition of new paintings by Beirut-born artist Nabil Nahas opens at Sperone Westwater

The Time is Now: A group exhibition opens at John Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco

Robert Frank's Trolley-New Orleans is top lot at Christie's Photographs Sale in New York

Brothel's shackles, rack, whips go under the hammer at Lawsons auction house in Sydney

Pasión Popular: Latin American folk art exhibition opens at San Antonio Museum of Art

Hood Museum exhibition showcases works from major promised gift of Japanese prints

A series of new works on canvas by Southern California-based artist Josh Agle opens at Jonathan LeVine Gallery

SFMOMA presents Christian Marclay's 24-hour cinematic masterpiece The Clock

Paintings featuring both buildings and figures by Suhas Bhujbal on view at Dolby Chadwick Gallery

Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation welcomes Spanish sculptor Miquel Navarro

BMW Guggenheim Lab launches online interactive exploring privacy and public space

2013 Carnegie International artists and projects announced

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum presents "Amelie Chabannes: Double Portraits and a Fourth Hand"

Bruce Munro brings the Northern Lights to Waddesdon Manor

Auctions America readies for highly anticipated Spring Carlisle Collector Car Weekend

Liz Charsley-Jory's Bright Land at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Boy and an amateur archaeologist unearth legendary Danish king's trove in Germany

2.- Exhibition at The Met illustrates what visitors encountered at The palace of Versailles

3.- Philadelphia Museum of Art opens "Modern Times: American Art 1910-1950"

4.- Exhibition at Michael Hoppen Gallery presents a cross-section of works from Thomas Mailaender's career

5.- New York's Chelsea Hotel celebrity door auction raises $400,000

6.- Stevie Ray Vaughan's first guitar drives Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Auction to nearly $2.9 million

7.- Lichtenstein's Nude with Blue Hair tops $2.4 million sale of Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples

8.- $6.7 million Fancy Intense Blue Diamond sets auction record at Sotheby's New York

9.- Mexico court blocks sales of controversial Frida Kahlo Barbie doll

10.- Dutch museums to conduct new research on the paintings of Pieter de Hooch

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful