Exhibition “Behind the Walls”: Jaume Plensa in Mexico City
Fundación Callia in cooperation with the National Museum of Art of Mexico City (MUNAL)
23rd October 2019 – 24th February 2020
Callia Foundation presented in cooperation with the MUNAL“Behind the Walls”, the first public exhibition of Jaume Plensa in Mexico City. The piece had been previously installed in the Rockefeller Center of New York, one of the most emblematic sites of the city, and it has been the most photographed temporal public work of the city. Around this exhibition project, a program of activities has been articulated: a conversation with the artist Jaume Plensa, Carmen Reviriego, president of Fundación Callia and curator of the exhibition and Carmen Gaitán, director of the MUNAL. Furthermore, with the objective of attaining great social impact, a program of visits for public schools has been developed.
The sculpture “Behind the Walls” by Jaume Plensa, throws the observer to the most acute questions: ¿Who decides what we do not want to see? ¿On what side do we leave the walls that we buold? ¿Does the world that we do not like disappear merely by not looking at it? ¿Is it really an option not to see? The same hands that can build a wall and blind us, are the ones in which we can take the responsibility of individual freedom. Between there and here, “Behind the Walls” leaves a message very difficult to forget to those who have lived the experience of being in its presence.
Jaume Plensa is the most worldwide renowned Spanish artist. He has been awarded with the National Visual Arts Award by the Spanish government and the Medaille de Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government, among other mentions.