Sunday, August 13, 2017

Carpe Diem #1236 Mirror by Jaume Plensa

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend and I hope that you have found the inspiration to respond on our "weekend-meditation". I had a nice weekend at work and in my bed, I was on the nightshift.

This month we are exploring all kinds of modern art. We have seen architecture, paintings and sculptures and today I have another nice and beautiful piece of modern art for you. Today I love to share a sculpture created by the Spanish artist Jaume Plensa titled Mirror. Let me tell you a little bit about Jaume Plensa.

Jaume Plensa

Jaume Plensa was born in 1955 in Barcelona, where he studied at the Llotja School of Art and Design and at the Sant Jordi School of Fine Art.
Since 1980, the year of his first exhibition in Barcelona, he has lived and worked in Berlin, Brussels, England, France and the United States, as well as the Catalan capital.
Plensa regularly shows his work at galleries and museums in Europe, the United States and Asia. The landmark exhibitions in his career include one organized at the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona in 1996, which travelled to the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume in Paris and the Malmö Konsthall in Malmö (Sweden) the following year. In Germany, several museums have staged exhibitions of his work. These include Love Sounds at the Kestner Gesellschaft in Hannover in 1999, The Secret Heart, which was shown at three museums in the city of Augsburg in 2014 and the recent Die Innere Sight at the Max Ernst Museum, in Brühl in 2016, which exhibited an extensive selection of his work. During 2015 and 2016 the exhibition Human Landscape has travelled by several North American museums: Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art and Frist Center of the Visual Arts in Nashville, TN, the Tampa Museum of Art in Tampa FL and the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, OH.

Actually and until late September 2017, the MAMC-Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Saint-Étienne Métropole, shows his latest works.
In the United States, where Plensa has worked and exhibited for nearly three decades, his works have been shown at many art galleries and museums. Amongst his most outstanding exhibitions was that organised at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas.
A very significant part of Plensa’s work is in the field of sculpture in the public space. Installed in cities in Spain, France, Japan, England, Korea, Germany, Canada, USA, etc., these pieces have won many prizes and citations, including the Mash Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture, which the artist received in London in 2009 for his work Dream.
Jaume Plensa's work can be seen regularly at the Galerie Lelong in Paris at Galerie Lelong in New York, and the Richard Gray Gallery in Chicago and New York. (Source:

Jaume has made wonderful sculptures and it's for sure worth to visit his own website (as mentioned above). Here is the sculpture "mirror" to inspire you:

Mirror by Jaume Plensa
"Mirror" was created for the campus of the Rice University of Houston (Texas) in 2012.

A sculpture with the same kind of material stands in the harbor of my home-town and that sculpture we will see later this month.

I found a nice tanka somewhere in my archives and I think this one can be written inspired on this sculpture again:

looking in the mirror
my hair turned gray and thin
deep wounds of time
however ... I smile as I see the cherry
bloom again, another year to my account

© Chèvrefeuille
This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until August 20th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, fractal art, later on. For now ... have fun!

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