For Jaume Plensa, prints are like a laboratory, offering him great freedom to experiment with the shapes and techniques that one often finds subsequently in his monumental sculptures. His lithographs, prints or digital prints, combined with embossing and printed on custom paper, form a body of work which has occasionally been brought together for retrospective exhibitions (Musée des Beaux-Arts, Caen, 2004. Musée du dessin et de l’estampe originale, Gravelines, 2012) and in a detailed catalogue published by Galerie Lelong in 2012. The exhibition at the bookshop showcases recently published prints including the spectacular Nocturne 1, made up of four parts and measuring some four metres in length. Slumberland and The Invisibles will also be on display. Some small format bronze sculptures entitled Who are you? will complete the exhibition.
Until September, Jaume Plensa is presenting large sculptures, anamorphoses of heads of young girls alongside two huge heads in steel mesh at the Musée d’Art Modern et Contemporain de Saint-Etienne.
Jaume Plensa is a Catalan sculptor who lives and works in Barcelona and enjoys international renown. The exhibition entitled Together in the San Giorgio Maggiore Basilica in Venice was considered to be one of the main attractions of the 2015 Biennale. Important sculptures have been installed in Tokyo (Toranomon Hills, 2014), at the Seattle Art Museum (2014), in Seoul (Lotte Tower, 2016), at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (2016), as well as at Pilane in Sweden where in 2016 the head of a young girl, made from resin and marble powder and measuring some 14 metres in height was built in the middle of the countryside. This surprising work was featured on the cover of Artpress magazine in March 2017. In September, the artist will inaugurate a new sculpture in a public space in Montreal.
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