The sculptures ‘Silvia’ and ‘Maria’, by artist Jaume Plensa, can now be admired at the Plaça del Congrés Eucarístic in Elx. Both pieces have been exhibited at the City of Arts and Sciences (València) for almost 5 months for an exhibition promoted and organized by the Hortensia Herrero Foundation, and the president of this entity has chosen them to permanently stay within the Comunitat Valenciana. They will travel during the next two years on an itinerary that started this morning.
The temporary exhibition will be in Elx during the next eight months. The presentation was attended by the president of the Foundation promoting the exhibition, Hortensia Herrero, and the mayor of Elx, Carlos González. “I am delighted and very proud to have been able to bring these two works of art by Jaume Plensa to the heart of this city. I want to thank all of Elx and especially its mayor, Carlos González, for the goodwill shown to host these two sculptures” said Hortensia Herrero.
The president of the foundation that made this temporary exhibition possible explained how the idea came about: “After the temporary sculpture exhibition we did at the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia we selected two pieces, Silvia and Maria. Our intention was to buy them in order to exhibit them and make them known to more citizens of the Comunitat so that more people can enjoy art. “In addition, Herrero specified that “the piece ‘Maria’ was bought by the Hortensia Herrero Foundation and ‘Silvia’ by Mercadona, for which I thank Juan Roig”
Hortensia Herrero also referred to the “touristic appeal of these two works of art. Hopefully they will become another tourist attraction of this city, together with the wonderful ‘Misteri d’Elx’.”
Carlos González, Mayor of Elx and host of the event, wanted to thank “Hortensia Herrero and her Foundation for their generosity. We are honoured that Elx is the first city in which the tour of the Comunitat Valenciana begins to disseminate the work of Jaume Plensa, one of the Spanish artists with greater international projection,” said Carlos González, who added that “we are really delighted that ‘Silvia’ and ‘Maria’ are in Elx, sculptures of monumental scale on the Plaça del Congrés Eucarístic, between Santa María, Calahorra and the Altamira Palace and that they become cultural icons of our city, that they’ll become our contemporary ladies.”
“The monumental sculpture interacts a lot with the environment, establishing a dialogue with the architecture, and we can see here how ‘Silvia’ and ‘Maria’ take a very different role than when they were in the City of Arts. Here, in the Plaça del Congrés Eucarístic, the sculptures come to life,” explained Javier Molins, curator of the Plensa exhibition in València, who pointed out that “Elx joins other cities that host Plensa’s work such as Chicago, New York, London or Seoul.”
Jaume Plensa, international artist
Jaume Plensa is one of the Spanish artists with greater international projection, as cities such as Montreal, San Diego, Chicago, Seoul, Tokyo, Miami, New York, London, Salzburg, Liverpool, Dubai or Dallas have his sculptures permanently installed. Likewise, Plensa’s work has been the subject of temporary exhibitions in museums and institutions such as the Venice Biennale, the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Picasso Museum in Antibes, the MAMAC in Nice, or museums in cities such as Helsinki, Tampa or Nashville and galleries in Paris, New York and Chicago. Plensa has opened an exhibition this year at the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid and at the MACBA in Barcelona.
Plensa has received numerous international awards such as the Medal of the Knight of Arts and Letters of France, the Premio Velázquez de las Artes and has been invested Doctor Honoris Causa by the Art Institute of Chicago and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.