“The simplest thing is the hardest to do” Laercio Redondo at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion
In the framework of the Barcelona Gallery Weekend, Fundació Mies van der Rohe and Ana Mas Projects present an intervention by artist Laercio Redondo, which explores History and its multiple narratives. The aim is to create a dialogue with the space itself, raising questions of memory and effacements in time, especially in relation to its construction and later reconstruction.
To Redondo, architectural landmarks such as the Pavilion not only have a history but also tell a story. They are essentially narrative devices, that serve its time (and dominant ideology) by highlighting certain aspects of history while deflecting others. That is why the intervention here is subtle: it seeks to produce almost invisible disruptions in space that magnify such effacements.
“The starting point for the research that sustains my intervention in the Pavilion is the history of the construction and reconstruction of the building, and the time gaps, appearances and erasures that cross it. The proposal is to change the space of the pavilion through a concept dear to Mies van der Rohe: the dilution of the separation between painting, sculpture, design and architecture, to then activate a dialogue between the multiple narratives of the local history.” - Explains the artist Laercio Redondo
“The interventions in the Pavilion and the collaborations with institutions and events of the city of Barcelona as in this case with the Barcelona Gallery Weekend, allow to activate and know more in depth and from different perspectives this emblematic construction. In this case, Laercio Redondo invites us to think deeply about the suppressions and interpretations that have taken place around the modern movement and he make it using a material, silk, not used directly in the construction of the Pavilion but whose industry it played a key role in the possibility that Mies and Reich could transform the mountain of Montjuïc representing German industries. ” – Ivan Blasi, Curator of prizes and programmes, Fundació Mies van der Rohe
Redondo’s interest for the Mies vas der Rohe Pavilion arose since architecture is a recurrent topic in his artistic production as shown in works such as The Glass House (2008), Memory from Brasilia (2012), Façade (2014) and Detour (2015) among others.
VISIT THE INTERVENTION:
From September 16 until September 27, 2020
Opening: September 16, 2020 - 19:00h at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion
>> Free registration needed: http://mies.link/Opening_16Sept
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 10:00h to 20:00h
Location: Mies van der Rohe Pavilion (Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 7)