The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) in collaboration with the Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno (IVAM) welcomes Spanish sculptor Miquel Navarro and his exhibition Miquel Navarro. City Metaphors. Selections from the IVAM Collection to the CIFO Art Space. This exhibition is the first initiative of the partnership, which consists on the exchange of exhibitions of their respective collections.
Miquel Navarro was born in Valencia and studied in the San Carlos School of Fine Art in Valencia. He started his career in 1972 as a painter and has since worked exclusively in sculpture. Navarro has received many awards such as the Premio Nacional de Artes Plasticas, the Alfonso Roig Prize, and the Julio Gonzalez International Prize from IVAM. His also a member of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando de Madrid. The work of Miquel Navarro is characterized by his unmistakable representations of cities or “clusters” and constitute a prototype he uses for his sculptural installations when grouping together small pieces, configured as diverse urban buildings, ranging from houses to factories, from ornamental to representational. Their structure is based on what is clearly an imaginary urbanism, a key aspect of Navarro’s works, now part of the IVAM’s permanent collection thanks to his generous donation of 515 pieces. This collection of works reflects his different stages allowing viewers to appreciate his creative style.
Miquel Navarro. City Metaphors. Selections from the IVAM Collection is characterized by massive sculptures and features over a thousand pieces of different materials such as aluminum, zinc, and wood. His work is based on how cities can suggest different meanings depending on the spectator. Spread out across the gallery floor, the installations consist of sculptures that have been deconstructed in order to resemble a city seen from above. This is Navarro’s first exhibition in South Florida.
“We are very happy to host Navarro at the CIFO Space,” said Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, CIFO’s Founder. “To have an artist of the caliber of Navarro is an honor that will help us further the mission of the foundation.”
This exhibition marks the first collaboration between CIFO and the IVAM. As part of this partnership, the IVAM will host in September, CIFO’s exhibition Frames and Documents, Selections of the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection.
“Navarro’s work has stood the test of time. It has prevailed and asserted its place with determination and discipline,” explained Consuelo Ciscar, Director of the Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno.
The exhibition will open with a press conference and brunch on April 8 at 11 a.m. and will remain until May 12, 2013. In attendance will be Miquel Navarro; Cristina Barrios, Consul General of Spain; Consuelo Ciscar, Director of IVAM; Emilio Sanchez, President of the Spain-Florida Foundation; and Jesus Fuenmayor, Executive Director of CIFO.
The exhibition is part of a series of events scheduled to celebrate the 500 years of historical, cultural, social and economic contributions of Spain to Florida since the arrival of Ponce de Leon in Florida.
For more information on the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation or on how to support CIFO’s mission and the CIFO Art Space, please visit our website at www.cifo.org .
The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, is a non-profit organization established in 2002 by Ella Fontanals-Cisneros and her family to support artists who are exploring new directions in contemporary art. CIFO fosters cultural understanding and educational exchange through three primary initiatives: a Grants and Commissions Program for emerging and mid-career visual artists from Latin America; an exhibitions program showcasing work by Latin American artists and international contemporary art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection at the CIFO Art Space; and foundation-initiated support for other arts and culture projects.