SUBSTANCES is an exhibition conceptualized to be installed in the historic Church of San Martín, within the royal municipality of Arévalo. With this first art presentation, OPEN FOR WORKS opens a set of exhibitions that will activate the first cycle of Collegium – a cultural program that starts before the construction of its building.
This Adrastus Collection exhibition, curated by the Mexican Patrick Charpenel, emerges from a critical reading of the traditional principles of BAROQUE. Starting from a reflection on traditional symbolic logic and its various cultural consequences, the exhibition addresses the relationship between “entities” of a composite nature, complexly connecting apparently dissimilar elements. Can something be what it is not? Can there be a relationship between things of a foreign nature? Is there a connection between the sacred and the profane?
These questions explore in a renewed way the meaning and significance of BAROQUE within the framework of 19th, 20th, and 21st-century cultural production. In this project, Los Caprichos by Francisco de Goya will be exhibited with the work of twenty-five contemporary artists. The exhibition displays the 80 etchings that constitute Francisco de Goya’s series Los Caprichos (1799) side by side with the works of contemporary artists from 17 different countries, including Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, David Hammons, Nina Chanel Abney, Leonor Antunes, Felipe Arturo, Kasper Bosmans, Carol Bove, Maurizio Cattelan, Moyra Davey, Berlinde de Bruyckere, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Jorge Eduardo Eielson, Peter Fischli, Mathias Goeritz, Iman Issa, Hayv Kahraman, Engel Leonardo, Vicente de Mello, Teresa Margolles, Jordan Nassar, Mariela Scafati, James Siena, Tavares Strachan, Wilfredo Prieto, Douglas Gordon.
Taking off on such a distinguished note, the Open for Works series offers a look at contemporary art and local history, reviving and reworking the global Jesuit spirit, not from a religious perspective but grounded in education and culture as a basis for building a future where different voices and views may be heard and interact.
Images: Victoria Muñoz. Courtesy of Collegium