MEXICAN SCULPTURES OPENED IN LONDON’S ICONIC PUBLIC SQUARES
LONDON, United Kingdom, 4th September 2015.- The Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom, Diego Gomez-Pickering inaugurated the exhibition “Contemporary Mexican Sculpture, The vision of Four artists” which will be exhibiting in London’s iconic public squares Mexican monumental sculptures by artists Yvonne Domenge, Jose Rivelino, Paloma Torres and Jorge Yazpik.
As part of the cultural programme of the Dual Year celebrated between Mexico and the United Kingdom, the exhibition “Contemporary Mexican Sculpture, The vision of artists” opened yesterday to the public to show the most recent works in stone, bronze and resin by Mexico’s best-known sculptors spanning many decades.
Accompanied by Paloma Torres and Rivelino, the diplomat officially inaugurated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the sculpture entitled ‘You’, located in Kings Charles Island (Charles I Bay) at Trafalgar Square which takes the form of two monumental bronze fingers painted in white, pointing one to each other, the piece call´s upon viewers to question their attitude to the highly significant issue of equality between human beings.
He recalled that the overall project for the exhibition was proposed by Nuri Contreras Martret, Director of Art4; and was curated by Katrina Wood, a specialist in Latin American art. Financing was secured through the co-operation of Art4, the artists themselves and the sponsorship of the tourism promotion company, Lodgeo.
In a reception at the Official Residence of the Government of Mexico, Ambassador Gomez-Pickering explained that the exhibition “Contemporary Mexican Sculpture: the vision of four artists” is an opportunity for Mexico to join the dynamic English flair for holding world-class exhibitions in public spaces and to position itself as a country whose artists are peers with the world’s best.
The subject-matter for each project was chosen by the artists themselves: Yvonne Domenge is presenting a sculpture in fibre-glass and sand, evoking the beauty and fragility of coral formations; Rivelino presents a monumental sculptural intervention of two fingers in bronze and steel which points out the contradictions in human equality; Paloma Torres is presenting a utilitarian sculpture in bronze that prompts reflection on the relationship between the city and nature; and Jorge Yazpik is presenting a carving in volcanic stone that invites the viewer to ponder the origins and the geology of Mexico City.
The project is underpinned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), through the Mexican Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AMEXCID), which main goal is to showcase Contemporary Mexican Sculpture internationally.