Manifiesto de Arte y Libertad / Aforismos

Mateo Vilagrasa

27.04.2023 - 20.05.2023

“Art is offering, loneliness and vice” - Mateo Vilagrasa

"Manifesto sobre art y libertad/ Aforismos" is the last project that Mateo Vilagrasa worked on before he died. The exhibition presents all the originals, the documentary "Viaje de invierno (Adiós)" produced by Nanook Films, the artist's posthumous and limited book, and a selection of paintings that have started from the content of the project.

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“There is a disturbing and powerful space in which opposing forces fight. A space devoid of perimeter, without end or beginning, whose purely transitory limits appear drowned in the mist of other spaces that expand in an infinite whirlwind. That space, subjected to the game of mirrors of chaos, is perhaps paradoxically, the space of an idea. 

Perhaps for that reason Vilagrasa’s latest proposals tend to exalt, in a spatial continuum, the intimate sphere of man with the common sphere of the inhabitant and both, in turn, with the cosmic sphere of being. The epic vision transcends, thanks to this, the various scenarios to perch on that ungraspable horizon whose approach is only allowed to the thought that knows how to become a sensation.” 

- Rafael Argullol, ASB Gallery Catalog, Barcelona 1990.

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The posthumous and limited book by the artist Mateo vilagrasa that was edited and published between 2021-2022 by the Mateo Vilagrasa Foundation. It is a handmade edition of 74 copies numbered from 1 to 74+ 7 copies numbered from I to VII (Roman numerals) with the artist’s signature, with 42 original drawings and 2 lithographs: On the pedestal and there is always some god who will provide numbered and signed by the artist, presented in a conversation box with two handmade trays. 

It also contains 9 photographs of the artist and his studio in Poble Nou. The book has an introductory text written by Paco García Estupiñá and a series of aphorisms written by Mateo Vilagraso himself about the drawings. 

Mateo Vilagrasa

He has exhibited in countless galleries and institutions in Spain, Germany and Frankfurt, among others.

It is part of collections such as the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona, Spain or the collection of the Museum für Konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt, Germany.

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