Written on March 31, 2008 by Arantza de Areilza in Arts & Cultures & Societies

Arantza de Areilza

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Igor This morning I passed by Madrid’s Paseo del Prado, admiring the open air exposition organized by CaixaForum Madrid, entitled “Igor Mitoraj: the lost myth.”

"Of Polish origins, although he was born in Germany, in his formative years, this singular creator worked along with Tadeusz Kantor, one of the great names of plastic and dramaturgy of the 20th Century.  In the 1960’s, he travelled to Mexico and created his first individual exhibitions, with great success in Paris and New York.  Since then, he has been converted into one of the most recognized and original European artists and has starred innumerable exhibitions and interventions of street art. 

Mitoraj Igor Mitoraj has recovered the spirit of Greek and Roman art of the great masters of Renaissance sculpture.  His monumental works are inspired by the themes in history and mythology, and he reinterprets them from a contemporary perspective.  Enigmatic images, of gods and heroes take the streets and plazas and present their interrogation to the citizens.  Although it deals with recent creations, they take the appearance of archaeological pieces and remind us of the persistence, under today’s modernity, of the great themes which worry men: reason and spirituality, violence or beauty?”


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