On Reality. The exhibition brings together the photography and sculpture of these two artists, to create a reflection on reality, imagination and the way they are perceived by human beings.
On 28 May, Ivorypress will host the opening of On Reality, a joint exhibition by Thomas Struth and Cristina
Iglesias. The show, which is part of the Festival Off PHotoEspaña, brings together the photography and
sculpture of these two artists.The exhibition On Reality, created specifically for Ivorypress, is centred on installations that, through the
use of water and the different sculptural materials employed by Iglesias, will intersperse with Struth’s
photographs in the space to create a reflection on reality, imagination and the way they are perceived by
Thomas Struth, one of the main photographers of the Düsseldorf School, will show a selection of his
latest works, in which he explores human fantasy and the icons that make up our collective imagination:
panoramic views of theme parks or places where the imagination is shaped and commercialised become
the object of his photographs. ‘I want to reconsider how the process of imagination and fantasy works in
general, how something which has built up in someone’s mind has materialised and become reality’, the
artist says. ‘The surprise of what we have collectively created becomes more evident when one takes a
more general perspective.’
Another of his photographic series turns the spotlight on companies and institutes that carry out scientific
research and make use of digital technologies that impact our lived realities. ‘Most of these machines,
tools and objects are the results of closed group activity, yet they affect us strongly without us ever being
able to really see them’, says Struth. ‘Showing real experimental physics, a twenty-first century urban
landscape, or a surgical robot in action reinforces the question: How should we judge what we see?’
This analysis of reality and physical experience is also present in the work of Cristina Iglesias, who,through sculptural fictions attempts to transport the audience to a different place in the imagination.
In this way, her installations will restructure three areas of the gallery. The first of them will be made
from a braided and welded stainless steel latticework that will create a space between the wall and
screens suspended from the ceiling.
Thus, a pathway will be created that will separate part of Thomas Struth’s work and the following
installation by Cristina Iglesias: a large unit with eight columns, in which the audience will find a well
and a green glass pavilion with water running under its floor. ‘Abstract shapes are developed, creating
movement that is larger than that of the water that meanders slowly between the shapes, which in turn
build impossible spaces in their mirrored walls’, the artist explains.
After crossing this space, the audience reaches the last of Cristina Iglesias’s installations, where two wells
have been erected. These sculptures, recurrent figures in the artist’s recent work, have rigid walls that
contain an opalescent-coloured vessel that contains the water and fills up slowly until, finally, it spills over
into the cube.
This exhibition—which will be open until 12 July—is the first joint exhibition of the Iglesias and Struth as
well as the first time that the artists exhibit their work at Ivorypress.
Cristina Iglesias (San Sebastián, Spain, 1956) ) studied sculpture at the Chelsea School of Art in London
(1980-1982) after studying Chemistry in San Sebastián (1976-1978). She received a Fulbright Scholarship
to study at the Pratt Institute in New York in 1988. In 1995 she became professor of sculpture at the
Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich and four years later she received Spain’s National Fine Arts
Award. In 2012 she received the Großer Kunstpreis Berlin award. She has represented Spain at the Venice
Biennale on two occasions, as well as at various art biennials and international exhibitions worldwide. Her
work has been exhibited at various museums worldwide such as the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte
Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, Whitechapel Gallery in London,
Pinacoteca do Estado in São Paulo and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, among others.
Thomas Struth (Geldern, Germany, 1954) is one of the world’s foremost photographers. He studied
at the Düsseldorf School of Art. He was initially interested in painting, but turned his attention to
photography in 1976. His work has garnered numerous awards, including the Spectrum International
Prize for Photography, in 1997. The Prado Museum held a retrospective exhibition of his work, entitled
Making Time, in 2007. Comprehensive exhibitions of his work have been organised by the Metropolitan
Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Carré d’Art in Nîmes,
Kunstmuseum in Bonn, the Institute of Contemporary Art in London or the National Museum of Modern
Art in Tokyo.
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Opening with the presence of the artists: 28 May 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
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