The splendid headquarters of the Real Academia de España in Rome at Piazza San Pietro in Montorio 3, increasingly constitutes an important reference point for the art of the capital thanks to the preparation of exhibitions capable of highlighting the work of artists internationals that are sometimes wrongly more extraneous to the usual local circuits. And this time too it hit the mark with the exhibition “A quel Paese” which, as part of the program of activities linked to the 150 anniversary of the Real Academia which will be celebrated in 2023, proposed the first anthological exhibition in Italy of Rogelio López Cuenca, the care of Anna Cestelli Guidi, in collaboration with the Baruchello Foundation and with the patronage of the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Rome.
Born in Malaga in 1959, the artist, starting from his artistic residency in the Academy in the year 1994-1995, has strengthened his international projection, especially in relations with Italy. To be exhibited in a path that in addition to the usual exhibition rooms overlooking the cloister also occupies spaces exceptionally open to the public, such as the terrace-garden and the co-working, his works from the early nineties to today that address the recurring themes in his I work on migration policies, historical memory, the spectacularization of culture, the tourist reconversion of contemporary cities, colonial and institutional criticism.
Already outside the Academy you can admire the mural “Que surja” a map of Iberian America where sea and land have been exchanged. For the names of cities or places the artist takes apart a verse from the Chilean poet Winning Huidobrogiving life to a very particular work that makes the viewer reflect on the discovery of America. As well as suggestive are the ten “Golden Visa” posters in the first room that the artist created in collaboration with Hello Vega in 2018 for the Barcelona metro. A denunciation of a certain type of contemporary advertising that has colonized communicative discourses from information to politics. The second room of the exhibition is dedicated to the double video projection “Walls” which represents a wall that diagonally cuts the space where on one side the border images of Tijuana and Melilla follow one another while on the other the videos of the security cameras of the “Valla de la verguenza” fence that immigrants jump over trying to reach Spain.
The third room certainly fascinates the visitor with the site-specific installation “Marca Picasso”, a project in progress since 2010 which is enriched from time to time in relation to the city where it is presented. On the walls we find texts, images, newspaper articles as well as audio visual material concerning the life of the Malaga artist both in his hometown and in his stops in Barcelona, Paris, Rome. Another site-specific work that delimits the central cloister of the Academy is “Do not cross. Art scene ”of 1991. Here the word art replaces“ Crime ”questioning the institutional system of art and its presumed autonomy, also emphasizing the importance of values such as originality and genius in the world of art.
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