Exhibition: Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape
Dates: June 17–Nov. 6, 2016
Venue: Toledo Museum of Art Grounds and Levis Galleries
Content: Six large-scale sculptures and sculpture groups by Jaume Plensa’s (pronounced zhow-muh plens-sah) are positioned in various outdoor locations on the Museum’s campus while a selection of his works on paper, including 18 drawings and six etchings, are on display in the Levis Galleries along with large-scale installations. See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil (2010) shows three human figures demonstrating the parable. But the bodies in Plensa’s version hang from the walls, floating, rather than remaining firmly planted on the ground. In Paula, the female visage, altered and stretched, becomes the focus, striking against the greenery of an outdoor landscape and the Museum’s neoclassical building.
Significance: The Spanish artist is one of the most important contemporary artists working today. Born in Barcelona in 1955, Plensa is internationally recognized for his large figurative sculptures and installations that produce enchanting and mystifying visions of the human form as landscape. A significant portion of his work is located in public spaces of cities in Spain, France, Japan, England, Canada, the United States and other countries. The Crown Fountain, unveiled in Chicago’s Millennium Park in 2004, is considered to be one of his most brilliant works and has led to many commissions, including Roots (2014) in Tokyo. His Spiegel, which the Toledo Museum of Art purchased for its Welles Sculpture Garden four years ago, is a local favorite.
Credits: Organized by the Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennessee, in partnership with the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the Toledo showing of the traveling exhibition is sponsored by ProMedica, the 2016 Exhibition Program Sponsor, and made possible in part by Museum members and a sustainability grant from the Ohio Arts Council.
Coordinator: Amy Gilman, associate director and curator of contemporary art at TMA
Publication: A fully illustrated, full-color exhibition catalogue is available for purchase in the Museum Store and online at tmastore.org.
Jaume Plensa (Spanish, born 1955), See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil. Polyester resin, stainless steel and LED light, 2010. 48 x 58 x 81 in. (122 x 148 x 205 cm) each. Installation view: Frist Center for the Arts, 2015.© Jaume Plensa.
Jaume Plensa (Spanish, born 1955), Paula. Bronze, 2013. Courtesy Jaume Plensa and Galerie Lelong. Photo by Andrew Weber.