||Jaume Plensa I Residency from March to August 1996
Jaume Plensa was born in Barcelona in 1955. He lives both in Barcelona and Paris where he teaches at the École National de Beaux-Arts.
His work has been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries: the Foundation Joan Miró , Barcelona, Spain; the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France; the Henry Moore Sculpture Trust, Halifax, U.K.; the Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden; the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, France; the Luigi Pecci Museum, Prato, Italy; the Kestner Gesellschaft, Hanover, Germany; the Palace Vélasquez/ Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia de Madrid, Spain; Arts Cluc Center for Contemporary Art of Chicago, U.S.A.; the CAC, Malaga, Spain, etc.
Jaume Plensa’s work has known several different periods during his career. At the beginning of the 1980’s he preferred working with salvaged objects in iron to make figures and anthropomorphic forms. From the 1990’s all figurative form disappeared from his work.
Plensa continues to work with iron, but uses this material in association with other, light-capturing materials (resin, glass). This is the technique that he developed at the Atelier Calder: a series of “cubicles” composed of iron structures and translucent resin panes which have been engraved with text. The presence of the materials and the texts contribute to the poetic dimension of his work. This ensemble was exhibited at the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume in 1996.