Antonio Ballester Moreno at La Casa Encendida

January 17, 2017

Antonio Ballester Moreno, Long Live the Free Fields of Spain!, La Casa Encendida

Installation view, Antonio Ballester Moreno, Long Live the Free Fields of Spain!, La Casa Encendida, 2017

Antonio Ballester Moreno, La Casa Encendida

Installation view, Antonio Ballester Moreno, Long Live the Free Fields of Spain!, La Casa Encendida, 2017

Long Live the Free Fields of Spain!, a new exhibition by Antonio Ballester Moreno, will open at La Casa Encendida in Madrid on February 3rd. The exhibition, curated by Tania Pardo, will feature more than thirty new paintings and two installations. The works were conceived as one large-scale installation representing nature, specifically the rain, sun and moon of the Autumn season, and are represented through symbolic geometric shapes. 

 

The title Long Live the Free Fields of Spain! is taken from a phrase uttered by sculptor Alberto Sánchez during a leisurely walk on the outskirts of Madrid with painter Benjamín Palencia, which was recorded in his book Palabras de un escultor. The context in which these words were spoken, rural 1940s Spain, alludes not only to the power of nature on human psychology, but to the the rise of the first artistic avant-garde movements and all of their chronological benchmarks, such as primitivism, geometry, abstraction, and figuration. With his simple lines and strokes, Ballester Moreno's spare, essential visual language brings to mind early champions of the avant-garde movement such as Paul Klee, Joan Miró and Josef Albers.

 

An accompanying book has been published by La Casa Encendida featuring over twenty of Ballester Moreno's collages as well as texts by sculptor, writer and scholar Juan Borders, curator and researcher Ulrich Schötker, professor and historian Rafael Sánchez-Mateos and curator Tania Pardo. Long Live the Free Fields of Spain! will be on view from February 3 to April 23, 2017.