Sergi Aguilar i Sanchis is a Catalan sculptor, metalworker, artist and photographer. Sergi Aguilar. Revers i anvers (1972-2015) is a retrospective exhibition at the MACBA tracing a path through Aguilar’s work over more than 40 years. It opens on the 30th of April 2015 and runs until the
Born in Barcelona in 1946, at the start of his career, Aguilar i Sanchis studied at the Escuela Massana and the Conservatory of the Arts of the Book of Barcelona (1962-67). After graduating, from 1968 to 1971 Aguilar i Sanchis lived in many different cities, including Paris, London, Prague, Stuttgart and Menorca.
His work explores concepts taken from nature and geometry concepts (much like Gaudi). Interestingly, initially Aguilar i Sanchis worked in jewellery, formulating his own modern and innovative style. From 1972 he moved into sculpture, retaining his innovative use of materials and shapes, working in bronze, brass and marble, in a minimalist style influenced by Russian Constructivism and the work of modern sculptors such as Julio González, Jorge Oteiza, Eduardo Chillida and Constantin Brâncuşi.
From the start of the 1980s he experimented with new techniques such as collage, and new materials including iron, wood, steel and aluminium. In the 1990s he added other media including drawings, photographs, maps and topographical plans.
The show Revers i anvers (1972-2015) consists of four parts that establish a dialogue between the works and the themes of these different periods. The idea of continuity resides over this exhibition in which the artist tries to ‘undress’ the architecture of the MACBA building with a recreation of the logic and atmosphere of his own working space.
To accompanying the exhibition the artist has written a book featuring many key pieces made between 1972 and 2015, written by the artist in the manner of a diary or travelogue, revisiting the main questions that have guided his long artistic trajectory.
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