After The Gold Rush – Jules de Balincourt in the CAC Málaga.

I always loved museums and I have been visiting many exhibitions. But during the full lockdown in a way I forgot how much they mean to me. Putting my foot into the “After the Gold Rush” exhibition was again a great moment – a bit like coming home. I realized that museums are kind of spiritual rooms for me – especially when they have generous space, only few visitors, a delicate hanging and good art. So after the opening of our community lockdown I took a shower in art.

Who is Jules de Balincourt? And what about the Gold Rush?

I didn’t know what to expect – did you know this artist? So I went without expectations for the pure reason that it was possible to visit and full of trust in the choice of the CAC Málaga museum. Jules is a French born artist, who’s parents immigrated to California in his youth. So the title is more a metaphor for all the traveling, the hopes and the chances of a new start he and his parents experienced in his youth. This is a rather short answer. But you will find more competent sources at the end of this post!

I have to confess, Jules de Balincourt was not known to me. Its interesting which artists become like old acquaintances or good friends and which are completely out of sight. That´s surely a question of personal taste and education – but I wonder how much the culture of each country plays a role in defining who the big players are.

About 30 large paintings in very strong and somehow false colors are to be seen in the exhibition room. For me it seemed something between kind of naive and real and irreale. So in a way rather open, what to think about the paintings. I am not an interpreter, you will find interesting the explanation of this article in the English Sur.

As an artist I am very much interested in the overall impression and in some painting details.

What I spotted

Presented are works created in the last 10 years. All of the paintings in large format are painted on wood – the artist comes from ceramic – so the harder support is something that he is very familiar with.

Some of the colors seem thinly applied and also sanded down. This makes them appear in places as if they were painted on threadbare worn fabric – an interesting effect, since the material is rather hard and very resilient where they are applied.
Even the seemingly relatively realistic scenes get a tipping effect from the unreal colors. So it’s never quite clear what story the characters are telling in the setting.

View of some more paintings – tap the paintings to enlarge.

The painting of the soldiers sticks a bit out of this kind of dreamy-distant atmosphere. The artist talks of the theme of isolation, nature and cities. It is unexpectedly a bit of a shock to suddenly come face to face with this life-sized group of soldiers with faces that are not clear to read.

A group of solders standing like for a photos shoot

Links to “After the Gold Rush”

Find the page of the CAC Málaga here.

Get more detailed information in this article about the exhibition in the English Sur!

See an interesting interview with the artist here on Youtube

You will find more information about my visits to the CAC Málaga here:

A place to go to in Málaga! Juan F. Lacomba at the CAC Málaga

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Beautiful black painting that shine

slighly colorful leaves shine from a black background

A collection of beautiful black paintings that shine

A visit not to be missed when in Málaga. Galeria Javier Marin presents black mysteries by José Luis Valverde.

Just a short stroll of 5 minutes from my very appreciated CAC Málaga (Centro de Arte Contemporáneo ) where we admired the exhibition “Gold rush” by Jules de Balincourt we had the chance to see a collection of beautiful black paintings that shine by José Luise Valverde, of whom we had just discovered two paintings which are exhibited in the CAC.
About two years ago I got to know the artist quartier Las Lagunillas in Málaga. For my husband’s birthday I had booked a guided tour through this fascinating area which included the visit of several artist’s studios. It’s always so nice to meet artists in their studio and see them at work. The Málaga artist José Luis Valverde shared his studio with Victoria Maldonado, a very gifted artist who’s mainly white and fragile objects contrast beautifully the black and heavy works by José Luis. If you are interested to read more about this quartier and its artists just push here.

After having seen some works in progress in José Luis studio, the happier I am now to see this beautiful collection on show at the Galeria Javier Marin in Málaga’s Soho district.

In the artist’s studio

The exhibition at Galeria Javier Marin

Normally paintings in dark colors are not my favorite. But with this collection I saw at the gallery I can easy be friend with. Of course as a painter who is attracted to vibrant colors I was most driven to a painting that showed a lot of softly colored leaves shining and popping out from the black background. I didn’t count the works, but Javier Marin shows in his gallery full of light quite a number of the black paintings that shine so beautifully.

slighly colorful leaves shine from a black background

What fascinates me about José Luis’ work is the use of great volume of color, that makes the painting look nearly three dimensional. The play of adding mat and very shiny paint enhances the three dimensional impression.
First you don’t see very much. The longer you watch the more the painting shares its secrets with you. A nearly similar experience when you walk into a dark room and you detect more things the more your eyes are adapting to the view. The paintings which show a lot of floral elements but also little animals like cats and birds have a kind of mystery as they hide their beauty for a while and only reveal it step by step to the patient viewer.

I really love José Luise unusual style of telling stories in black!

There will be more exhibition visits soon:
Jules de Balincourt in CAC Málaga and
Dutch Artist Nanon Morsink in Galeria Isolina Arbulu, Marbella.
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A place to go to in Málaga! Juan F. Lacomba at the CAC Málaga

A place to go to in Málaga!
Juan Lacomba at the CAC Málaga

This was my very first visit to a museum since February this year, when I went to see the exhibition in the Museum Jorge Rondo, a secret tip for Málaga and definitely another place to go to in Málaga!

The CAC MÁLAGA is a temple for contemporary art. It has its home in a spacious and “clean” white building. Mostly three exhibitions are running at the same time. We visited the incredible show “Lacomba. Aqui a lo lejos”.

Having all the art for us alone!

Paintings of Lacomba in the CAC Málaga

For me stepping into a museum is like entering another realm. For me its a place of contemplation and joy. After a short fever measuring and putting our masks we were allowed to visit this great “free of charge” museum. Setting my feet into this temple of culture after long months of cultural starving was an incredible feeling. Seeing the paintings of Lacomba so wonderful set in this great environment was sheer joy. The more as it was a very specific Corona experience: we were the only visitors to have all this art for us – well watched by the personell of the museum. From this experience I can say: a museum is definitely a place to go in Málaga or elsewhere in these times. Maybe better to avoid the weekend.

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If you happen to be in Marbella or Málaga, don’t miss these exhibitions

If you happen to be in Marbella or Málaga, don’t miss…

Dieter Nuhr in Reiners Contemporary Art Marbella

If you happen to be in Marbella or Málaga, don’t miss these exhibitions. In Marbella there are two gallery shows I am interested in and I would like to recommend. Both galleries – run by knowledgeable, charming gallerists –  present new shows in June/July. I visited the presentation of Dieter Nuhr’s large-format painterly photographs – in the “new normal” style- masks obligatory – at Gallery Reiners Contemporary Art.  The gallerist Flor Reiners offers visits by appointment ( phone 628374676) , Email: flor@reinerscontemporaryart.com
Thanks to Gabriela Berner, journalist of the German SUR I can show you here her article on the opening of the show of Dieter Nuhr!

Here is a little sneak prewiew into some photos to be seen. Due to the “New normal” and the fact that this was the first time after months to put a feet into a temple of art and on top to get to know a new gallery, I forgot t take photos. Two of the paintings you can see in the exposition in Marbella and more of these great works. I added two paintings from other exhibitions to demonstrate the size of this wonderful painterly photos that tell stories of Dieter Nuhrs travels worldwide. They guide our view on walls that show many layers and have seen many events and many years pass by. The work of time.

The exhibition will be open till 6th of July. It is open by appointment for 6 persons with masks. (Flor Reiners; 62803740674) or flor@reinerscontemporaryart.com

Read here (in German) the article about the exhibition of Dieter Nuhr in Reiners Cotemporary Art Gallery. Many thanks to Gabriela Berner, a journalist of the German SUR, for letting us read her article on this page and providing me with two images!

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If you happen to be in Málaga, you might be interested in this very beautiful exhibition:

THE CAC MÁLAGA PRESENTS JUAN F. LACOMBA IN HIS MOST IMPORTANT EXHIBITION TO DATE

The Centro de Arte Contemporáneo of Málaga presents a retrospective featuring the work of Sevillian artist Juan F. Lacomba. Here in the Distance, curated by Fernando Francés, reveals the artist’s fascination with the landscape of Doñana and its marsh from the mid-1990s to the present day. The show surveys the last three decades of his artistic career through 179 small and large-format canvases, including several works that have never been exhibited until now. Here in the Distance conveys the artist’s engagement with and immersion in nature, seeking beauty and mystery with the aim of establishing an intimate rapport with viewers.” ( Quote from the webside of CAC Málaga).

I will write about the exhibition in one of my next posts.
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Gallery of Isolina Arbulu

have a look here: “Beyond the Horizon”, which was a beautiful show of two artists, a photographer and a sculptress.

sculptures with view on photos Galeria Isolina Arbulu

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