27th June – 4th November 2018
After the success of Manolo Valdés’ exhibition in 2017, Fundación Hortensia Herrero brings back to València a monumental exhibition of sculptures. Six great works by renowned british sculptor Tony Cragg located in different enclaves of Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias.
The work of the british artist is characterized by the use of very varied materials such as stone, wood, aluminum, bronze, steel or plastic that transforms into organic forms. Four of the works can be seen on the water, something unprecedented since it is the first time he has exhibited his works on a sheet of water.
Sir Anthony Cragg (Liverpool, 1949) has been living and working in the German city of Wuppertal since 1977. Cragg, who will have a major exhibition on the streets of New York at the same time as his show in Valencia, is one of the most prestigious contemporary British artists of our time and has received numerous international awards such as the Turner Prize (1988), Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in France (1992), Academician of the Royal Academy of Arts in London (1993), Order of the British Empire (2002) and the Order of Merit of the Republic of Germany (2012), to name but a few.
In 1988, he represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale and his work has been exhibited in museums such as the Reina So a, Tate Gallery, Louvre, Centre Pompidou, Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the Stedelijk in Amsterdam, the Nasher Museum in Dallas, Corcoran Gallery in Washington, Belvedere Gallery in Vienna, MACRO in Rome, and CAFA Museum in Beijing.
Since 2009 he’s director of the Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf.
Fundación Hortensia Herrero has brought an exhibition of monumental sculptures to Valencia for the second year in a row. The exhibition of Tony Cragg’s work follows on from that of Manolo Valdés. This second exhibition gives the general public the chance to appreciate the artistic sensitivity of one of the world’s greatest modern sculptors.
Fundación Hortensia Herrero was founded in 2011 with the mission of recovering, fostering and sharing the artistic and cultural wealth of the Valencian Autonomous Community. Over the last few years, the Foundation has carried out major projects for restoring the region’s splendid cultural heritage. Here, one should highlight the restoration of the frescoes and chapels of Valencia’s Saint Nicholas Church (Església de Sant Nicolau), the restoration of the College of High Silk Art (Col·legi de l’Art Major de la Seda), and of the statue of Our Lady of The Forsaken (Mare de Déu dels Desemparats).
The Foundation’s President, Hortensia Herrero, has undertaken to acquire one of Tony Cragg’s six works shown in this exhibition and to donate it to the City of Valencia. Last year, she made a similar gesture, donating La Pamela by Manolo Valdés — the sculpture is now permanently sited in Marina de València (city yacht haven).