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Virtual Exhibition

María Helguera


Malevos
Start 30/05/2019

The memory of the rind, Jaume Vidal Oliveras

Buenos Aires - Barcelona, Barcelona - Buenos Aires, this is the idea that illuminates the exposition: a voyage there and back among the two cities. After presenting at Barcelona, at the Room VolArt, the sample will travel at the Argentinian capital, where will exhibit at it MuseoNational of Bellas Artes (M N BA). María Helguerainducted the trajectory as a artist in the Argentina, but exiled at Barcelona for political reasons, with his children and the photographer Humberto Rivas, the year 1976. Continuum and distances it, his contacts with Buenos Aires have been fluids: somehow, Helguera has des envolupat a paper of cultural...


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EXHIBITION PAINTINGS: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
Del amor IV
2004
Painting
Oil on canvas

The artist takes in this work the image of the bull. So rooted in Spanish culture and uses it as a symbol of an identity. Like so many other artists who have explored the world of bullfighting, Helguera reflects on the ritual, almost of initiation, and tinged with "sacrifice". The image with primitivist air, presents the animal in the center. Chromatically reduced, the work reminds us of cave paintings, where the environment is captured as an attempt to catalogue and define reality. The incisions in the mordant layer of brown paint, delimit the animal, which more than painted, is presented to us inscribed, engraved on a material oil.
Canto a lo profano
2004
Painting
Oil on canvas

With the same technique as the previous one, we are presented with Canto a lo Profano. In it, a masculine figure and another feminine one seem to intermingle. A symbol that would remind us more of the Maputxe culture, typical of Argentina before the Spanish colonization. Cultural identity plays an important role in the work of Maria Helguera, who becomes aware of her own by living in exile in Barcelona. She herself describes a conceptual return to both Buenos Aires and Latin America only in the moment where her place of residence is not the original one, where to live in a city is not simply to exist.
Purita casualidad
2006
Painting
Oil on canvas

In this work we see a different chromatology to the previous ones, in spite of the fact that the material and incisive technique resembles it. Purita casualidad takes up again and reinforces the idea of two slopes, masculine and feminine, united. A single entity comprised of both sexes, which seem to merge to give way to a new character. Conceptually similar to the banquet of Aristophanes. Originally the human being was divided into three categories. Those formed by two bodies of man, those formed by two bodies of woman and finally those that understood body of man and body of woman. Finally, Zeus, as punishment for his vanity, divided them all into two halves.
La última milonga
2006
Painting
Oil on canvas

This work, which reminds us of the painting of Da Vinci's last dinner, is a tribute that María Helguera paid to Hernandez Pijuan, who was, like Ràfols Casamada, Maria Girona, and other artists from Barcelona circles linked to the Eina school, very close to the artist. These introduced her to Tàpies, through whom she delved into more primitivist themes and techniques such as impasto, among others. The complexity of the symbology of the artist's work is present in works such as this. Where there are reinterpretations, adaptations of classic works, under a language influenced by contemporary artists and a symbology that draws from Latin American culture, as well as representations of their reality.
La novia criolla
2006
Painting
Oil on canvas

This work also seems to be a reinterpretation of Rembrant's Jewish Bride. That she herself describes as a flagrant disrespect to the artist, but at the same time a declaration of love. A favourite work of the artist who decided to choose to start a new pictorial stage where emotion prevailed over technique. On the one hand, she abandoned the use of brushes to work with impasses and spatulas, and on the other, she drastically reduced the palette of colors to just three, with the desire to remove all possible shades of red, blue and yellow. The work marks a turning point in the artist's style and career.
La piel del otro
2005
Painting
Oil on canvas

Piel del otro opens up a new conceptual and stylistic line by Maria Helguera, which takes us back to the works of Yves Klein, but with a different connotation. As if what interested him was the direct printing of the body. More similar to the Japanese technique of El Gyotaku. Where the fishermen ink the fish, which serves as a matrix and stamp it directly on the paper. This becomes a faithful representation where the size, the textures of the scales, the shape were similar. We appreciate a similar sensation in this work, as well as in Perros Sueltos, where the textures of the bodies, coat, and strength of the represented is marked on the support.
Mitikile
2001
Painting
Oil on canvas

The horse is used in many of Helguera's works as an iconography, on the one hand, of the Latin American identity and on the other, as a memory of the family identity. The artist remembers the sacred nature of horses. A primary and elemental nature. Similar to the Spanish bull mentioned above. Here we understand the cultural puzzle of the artist. That on the one hand she lives far from her culture of origin and on the other she feels like a foreigner in her city of residence. The work would speak of the "memory of the skin" as Jaume Vidal himself mentions in the text of the catalogue made for the exhibition. We understand the difficult process of political exile, of fragmented identity and we perceive an attempt to leave an imprint in the most literal sense of the word. Painting one's own skin and stamping it.




The horse is used in many of Helguera's works as an iconography, on the one hand, of the Latin American identity and on the other, as a memory of the family identity. The artist remembers the sacred nature of horses. A primary and elemental nature. Similar to the Spanish bull mentioned above. Here we understand the cultural puzzle of the artist. That on the one hand she lives far from her culture of origin and on the other she feels like a foreigner in her city of residence. The work would speak of the "memory of the skin" as Jaume Vidal himself mentions in the text of the catalogue made for the exhibition. We understand the difficult process of political exile, of fragmented identity and we perceive an attempt to leave an imprint in the most literal sense of the word. Painting one's own skin and stamping it.
Las olas del tiempo
2006
Installation


Installation de l'artiste qui raconte le voyage de l'exil de Buenos Aires à Barcelone. Comme signe avant-coureur d'un voyage sans retour. Son travail présente un dialogue entre ces deux lieux. La tunique centrale, cousue avec la représentation de certaines de ses œuvres, nous est présentée comme un costume de pèlerin et nous rappelle en même temps les tuniques typiques de la Semaine Sainte ou celles d'Amérique latine. Encore une fois, le pont culturel. Des rideaux réalisés avec des dessins en retordage protègent, isolent et exaltent la tunique en tant qu'élément central. Le titre The Waves of Time sert de catalyseur à une expérience de traversée de la mer, dans laquelle le temps joue un rôle crucial dans la transformation, l'apprentissage et surtout et comme dans toutes les œuvres d'Helguera, d'identité fragmentée.
Pietà
2006
Painting
Oil on canvas

Perros sueltos
2000
Painting
Oil on canvas

Camins de llum
2003
Painting
Oil on canvas

La mesa roja
2006
Painting
Oil on canvas

La piel del río
2000
Painting
Mixed media on canvas

Purita casualidad I
2006



Piel del otro I
2005
Painting
Mixed media on canvas





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