In Barcelona, with the arrival of summer, the streets of the Eixample neighborhood are covered in terraces with an extraordinary atmosphere.
For many people, Enrique Granados street is one of the most beautiful streets in the city.
When a little bit over 6 years ago we opened the GRANADOS 83 Hotel, we aware that this street would arouse unique feelings amog passers-by.
The street is full of small art galleries organizing every Tuesday and Thursday very appetizing vernissages. Suddenly the scene turns a bit New York’s SOHO, but with all the charisma of the Mediterranean.
This time we travel just a couple blocks to the left where Ignacio de Lasaletta wonders us with a new and unexpected exhibition. It’s about the audiovisual work of renowned filmmaker Peter Greenaway.
Provocative as always, the director of films like ‘The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover’ confessed that from this announced death of cinema was born his interest in video art in order to “deconstruct the idea of the single screen and to break with traditional narrative cinema”. Since his last film, the documentary ‘Rembrandt’s J’Accuse ‘(2008) Greenaway‘s mind has not stopped creating new projects.
Greenaway has pointed out that he intends to continue with his project ‘Nine Essentials Paintings’, filming Jackson Pollock in New York, a Monet painting in Paris, ‘Las Meninas’ by Velázquez in Madrid and “The Last Judgment’ of Michelangelo in the Vatican.
The Welsh filmmaker participates in the LOOP Fair inside the N2 gallery ‘Heavy Waters, 40,000 years in four minutes, “a video artwork integrated by five screens which reflect on climate change and its effects on the planet.
‘I try to explain 40,000 years of life on the planet in 4 minutes, and its cyclical nature: global warming and subsequent thaw is followed by a new ice age and then another climate change, “he points out.
The director has decided to present the world premiere of his creation ‘also because of a conceptual matter, as video art has always been considered erroneously as the little brother of cinema’.
For this reason, ‘Heavy Waters, 40,000 years in four minutes’ has been directly designed by a computer to be viewed on screen, there is no conventional camera here, the camera has become obsolete”.
Greenaway declares’ the new trinity: camera, mobile and laptop”, he listed.
This exhibition is tailor-made for fans of this amazing and spectacular film director.
Artist and filmmaker Peter Greenaway Exhibition at Ignacio de Lassaletta Gallery in Barcelona. Until the end of July 2012.
Ignacio de Lassaleta Gallery • Rambla de Catalunya, 47 • 08007 Barcelona.
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