Carlos Bunga, Antoni Miralda and Timm Rautert in the new program of Bombas Gens

Antoni Miralda. Liberty / Carmen Miranda Float, 1985. © FoodCultura Archive
Carlos Bunga, Antoni Miralda and Timm Rautert in the new program of Bombas Gens
bonart valencia - 10/02/23

Bombas Gens Center d'Art launches its program for the year 2023 with three large monographic exhibitions of renowned national and international artists: Carlos Bunga, Antoni Miralda and Timm Rautert. In addition, it publishes on its website a digital book by Thomas Hirschhorn on the occasion of the critical workshop Energy = Yes! Quality = No!

The exhibition projects will explore current and urgent themes such as human relations with the natural world or the potential of collective rituals to strengthen the sense of belonging and community, as well as reveal the evolution of the photographic canon in the history of the art of 20th century to the present day.

From February 17 to October 15, 2023, you can visit Carlos Bunga. Performing nature, curated by Sandra Guimarães. This is the first major anthological exhibition of the artist Carlos Bunga (Porto, 1976) in the State. A very complete exhibition that offers the opportunity to delve into the complex and poetic work of the author.

Performing nature reflects on the temporalities of nature, shelters and living and organic qualities, through a selection of representative works of the author that go from the beginning of his career to the present day, and which includes drawing , painting, collage, video, performance and sculpture, some of which have never been exhibited before.

This exhibition, conceived especially for the Bombas Gens warehouses, also has works specially produced for the exhibition, as well as a site-specific monumental piece also created for the occasion. Bunga understands the viewer as another element of the installation: their experience integrates the work itself and transforms it.

Miralda Honeymoon: Unclassified, curated by Sandra Guimarães can be visited from April 27 to November 26, 2023. A documentary exhibition that reveals for the first time the unpublished projects that Antoni Miralda conceived as part of his Honeymoon Project. This artistic project was the result of the marital link between two historical monuments: that of Christopher Columbus, in the port of Barcelona, and the Statue of Liberty, in the bay of New York.

Now arriving in Valencia is the series of original preparatory drawings of wedding gifts and unrealized ceremonial actions, as well as other documentary materials that contextualize and trace a chronology of the main milestones of the project. This exhibition is proposed on the occasion of the exhibition of the Zapato Góndola (1990-2023) at Bombas Gens: a large sculpture, in the shape of a shoe and converted into a gondola, which was a "gift" from the city of Venice to the Statue of Liberty as part of the gift list for this link.

This monumental piece, made to measure the foot of the Statue of Liberty, was presented in the Spanish Pavilion of the 44th Venice Biennale and sailed along the Grand Canal. On this occasion, Bombas Gens Center d'Art will be the venue where the Zapato Góndola will be seen for the first time in the State. On the occasion of the display and presentation of the Zapato Góndola, a procession will be held in the city of Valencia followed by a series of ceremonial events open to the public.

Finally, from October 27, 2023 to April 10, 2024, an extensive retrospective of the photographer Timm Rautert (Tuchel, 1949) will take place, which includes five decades of his artistic production. The exhibition shows Rautert's early experimental work as a student of Otto Steinert, passing through some of the most emblematic series, collages and recent works. The exhibition includes works belonging to the For the Love of Art Collection, among others.

This selection illustrates the thematic and methodological versatility of Rautert's work, which can also be understood as a reflection and consolidation of the photographic canon over the years and its arrival in the museum context.


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