Grey Flag 2018-2019. Palimpsest

From: Thursday, 20 September 2018

To: Sunday, 28 July 2019

Artium suggests an approach to masterpieces in the History of Art based on comics and the language of art.

Along this journey, the project will alternate and coexist among the proposals of the authors from one and another field based on the practice of appropriation. A type of dialogue that –as a matter of principle– questions, assesses, analyses and/or criticises received cultural heritage. Controversy has accompanied this practice, as it clashes with our system of collective knowledge, the romantic vision of the author, individual genius, property, the system of validating art, the institution or economic exploitation itself, and in exchange it proposes an open dialogue with history by semantically regenerating these images. A practice that involves offering vectors of resistance to constituted forms of power.

Mauro Entrialgo. The little serpent. Reinterpretation of El Balandrito by Joaquín Sorolla

Mauro Entrialgo (Vitoria-Gasteiz, 1965) has been working at El Jueves for two decades and is a founding member of the magazine TMEO. He has published more than fifty comic books, recorded half a dozen albums, premiered four plays and written a commercial feature film. He also paints murals, edits home video art pieces and for many years has been developing a proposed theory on the construction of humorous discourse. His business cards states: “cartoonist among other things”.

In La serpientita, Mauro Entrialgo has reinterpreted and updated Joaquín Sorolla’s work El Balandrito (1909) as a fun graphic pop piece. This is one of Sorolla’s most popular paintings and a clear example of his work, primarily focusing on sensations. Mauro avoids Sorolla’s naturalism to position himself in its antipode, capturing the magical thought of the child portrayed.

Selection and text: Iñaki Larrimbe

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