The three parts of ‘100 years: Lanzarote and César’ can be visited together until this May 4
The three exhibitions that make up 100 years: Lanzarote and César, located at CIC El Almacén, La Casa Amarilla and MIAC, will remain open simultaneously until this Saturday, May 4, the last day that will open its doors at the store located in El Almacen .
‘100 years: Lanzarote and César’ is a multidisciplinary project with which Alejandro Krawietz and Juan Gopar aspire to tell the last hundred years of the life of Lanzarote from the perspective of different perspectives. Through a series of thematic axes that operate as windows, a broad and pertinent vision is provided of the story of this century, from 1919, when César Manrique was born, until today, inviting us to investigate the transformation of the island of volcanoes from then to the present.
The exhibition located in the CIC El Almacén de Arrecife, which can be visited until this Saturday, May 4, takes a tour through the cultural history of Lanzarote. The aridity of this island, the apparent hardness of its landscape and climate, has not prevented the Lanzarote has starred in some of the most important intellectual and aesthetic adventures of the twentieth century in the Canary Islands: not only César Manrique, also Manolo Millares, Agustín Espinosa, Manuel Padorno and Rafael Arozarena built a complete image of the Islands around the metaphysics of Lanzarote.
Precisely, the biographer of the universal Lanzarote artist, the professor of History of Art Fernando Castro Borrego, toured this space on April 12, “an exhibition with which he has tried to give a vision of the spirit of Manrique through references that they were important to him. ” César Manrique is directly related to the spirit of the vanguards. “For avant-garde artists, freedom is the central category, and he was an artist in every way,” explained Castro Borrego during his visit.
For its part, the former headquarters of the Island Council, known as La Casa Amarilla, hosts until next October a part of the exhibition dedicated to the pioneering nature of Lanzarote in relation to environmental issues, since climate change is, without doubt, one of the great axes of current reflection around the world and also for Manrique, in whose work you can see his respectful and committed to the preservation of the island environment.
The exhibition of the International Museum of Contemporary Art (MIAC) has been the last to open its doors and may be visited until June. In it, the visitor will find a cabinet of wonders, as a quarter of curiosities, which exhibits objects, utensils, tools, ornaments and symbols that have starred in the cultural history of the West and the processes of reinvention of Lanzarote throughout of the twentieth century.
With an anthropological vision, this part of 100 years: Lanzarote and César simply adds, to the daily meaning, spaces of reflection and contextualization such as the deep relationship of the work of César Manrique with that of certain artists present in the Museum or an installation about what we could call “aesthetic theory of tourism in the Canary Islands”.
The MIAC exhibition also includes a series of pieces and spaces created for the exhibition, such as La vida en común, by Juan Gopar; Shore I and Shore II, produced by Nuria Vidal; Crater, by Ralph Kistler; and Isla-Museo, produced by Nicolás Melián and Joaquín Vera.
Classical works such as Visiones de Gran Canaria, by Néstor; or Lancelot 28-7, by Juan Ismael; and an audiovisual creation by Ildefonso Aguilar and a reflection will be made on the architect Fernando Higueras. Most of all these objects come from the collection of the Centers of Art, Culture and Tourism (CACT) of the Cabildo of Lanzarote and also the Museum of Natural Sciences of IES Cabrera Pinto.
‘100 years: Lanzarote and César’, promoted by the Cabildo de Lanzarote through the Culture Area and the CACT, in collaboration with the Government of the Canary Islands, plans to cover the entire archipelago, thanks to the agreement of the FECAI by which The seven councils have committed themselves to assume the costs involved in the assembly on each island of the project.