Double Skin

Yto Barrada

Exhibition

22-06-2019 - 08-09-2019

Performance / Fraccionar

Michelangelo Miccolis

Performance

24-04-2019 - 25-04-2019

FRACCIONAR

Curated by Inti Guerrero

Exhibition

02-02-2019 - 05-05-2019

Garden with Pigeons in Flight

DANH VO

Exhibition

05-11-2018 - 13-01-2019

Objeto Gráfico

MIRA SCHENDEL

Activation

01-10-2018 - 31-10-2018

Architecture. The Destruction of Space

Franz Erhard Walther

Publication

01-09-2018

Franz Erhard Walther: Talk with João Fernandes

JOÃO FERNANDES

Public Program

29-08-2018

Determinations of Proportion

FRANZ ERHARD WALTHER

Exhibition

12-05-2018 - 30-09-2018

Gabriela Jáuregui reads Samuel Beckett

GABRIELA JÁUREGUI

Public Program

15-03-2018

Parameters

BRUCE NAUMAN

Exhibition

03-02-2018 - 15-04-2018

Parameters

BRUCE NAUMAN

Publication

03-02-2018

Writings about art

MARIUS DE ZAYAS

Publication

19-12-2017

Monoblock

JUAN JOSÉ GURROLA

Performance

01-12-2017 - 02-12-2017

Monoblock

JUAN JOSÉ GURROLA

Exhibition

01-12-2017 - 28-01-2018

Comedy Without Solution

GERMÁN CUETO

Performance

27-10-2017 - 31-10-2017

From installation Fontes

CILDO MEIRELES

Activation

28-08-2017 - 25-09-2017

Mármol Rosa

CHRISTODOULOS PANAYIOTOU

Exhibition

04-06-2017 - 27-08-2017

Untitled

CHRISTODOULOS PANAYIOTOU

Intervention

04-06-2017 - 27-08-2017

Conversation about art and architecture

MONIKA SOSNOWKA & FRIDA ESCOBEDO

Public Program

18-05-2017

Transformable Spatial Structure

SANDÚ DARIÉ

Activation

29-04-2017 - 31-05-2017

Dying on stage

CHRISTODOULOS PANAYIOTOU

Public Program

25-04-2017

Conversation about the role of art and archive collecting during the 20th century

JOSÉ MARÍA LAFUENTE & PATRICK CHARPENEL

Public Program

29-03-2017

DADA ZÚRICH

Exhibition

05-02-2017 - 30-04-2017

Hípico

EDGARDO ARAGÓN

Performance

06-11-2016 - 10-12-2016

Round Table

Marius de Zayas

Public Program

16-10-2016

Marius de Zayas

Exhibition

01-10-2016 - 08-01-2017

Secrets

IÑAKI BONILLAS

Exhibition

15-05-2016 - 10-07-2016

Fetishistic Barragán

Exhibition

04-01-2016 - 03-04-2016

Formal encounters

JORGE SATORRE

Intervention

29-04-2017 - 31-05-2017

SANDÚ DARIÉ
Transformable Spatial Structure, ca. 1959.
Oil on wood with threaded rods, nuts, and washers
54.3 x 53.7 x 35.6 cm
FEMSA Collection

 

PRESS RELEASE

Projects

Transformable Spatial Structure

SANDÚ DARIÉ

Activation

29-04-2017 - 31-05-2017

During a four-week period (April 29 – May 31, 2017), Sandu Darié’s piece “Transformable Spatial Structure” from FEMSA Collection comes into conceptual and aesthetic conversation with Luis Barragán’s home and legacy, poetically revealing the weight of the spaces created by the architect.

Sandú Darié’s sculpture is exhibited in the library, with the contextual dialogue set off by the interest Barragán showed in the vanguard’s artistic movements and their direct links to rationalist architecture. With more than 2000 books, Luis Barragán’s personal collection frames the artist’s work, visually and conceptually enmeshing it within the store of books that are treasured in this home.

The use of colors, geometric shapes, and planes that characterize this sculpture—as well as the works by artists known as the “Diez Pintores Concretos” (Ten Concrete Painters)—connects with Barragán’s phenomenological and conceptual understanding of the chromatic values he used in his architecture.

 

SANDÚ DARIÉ LAVER
1908-1991
Roman, Romania – Havana, Cuba

Born in Romania in 1908, Sandú Darié lived and studied in France before moving to Havana and becoming a Cuban national in 1941. Upon his arrival, he came into contact with the Argentinian group “Arte Madí,” with which he presented his first exhibitions, absorbing its founder Gyula Kosice’s theories on rationalism and aesthetic materialism.

During the 1950s, Darié began experimenting with geometry as well as kinetic and abstract art, producing his first series of “Transformable Structures,” which were shown in the University of Havana’s Department of Architecture in 1955. At this point, he came into contact with other Cuban artists who were interested in neo-plasticism, constructivism, and post-cubism.

In 1959, the exhibition Ten Concrete Painters Show Paintings and Drawings was shown in Galería Arte Color- Luz, marking the founding of the “Ten Concrete Painters” group, which included Pedro Álvarez, Wifredo Arcay, Mario Carreño, Salvador Corratgé, Luis Martínez Pedro, Alberto Menocal, José M. Mijares, Pedro de Oraá, José Ángel Rosabal, Loló Soldevilla, Rafael Soriano, and Sandú Darié.

Even though this group’s interactions with the Batista regime were relatively peaceful, the group clashed with the government Castro established as of the Cuban Revolution, as the abstract language the group used raised suspicions given its prior association with radical and utopian groups. Consequently, many of the artists in the group fled from the island, but not before their third and last collective show took place in 1961, at Galería de Artes Plásticas in the city of Camagüey. Though short lived, the group had an enormous impact—not only in the history of Cuban art, but in the international abstract movement’s trajectory throughout the twentieth century.

 

© Estancia FEMSA, 2017. Photographs by Ramiro Chaves.