Alejandra de Argos by Elena Cué


  • Jason deCaires Taylor and the sublime. Cancun.
    The sublime is something that moves up profoundly, that lifts us. There is no sublimation without passion. This experience full of beauty, exalts the viewer to unusual levels of aesthetic or moral shock. The MUSA (Underwater Museum of Art) is submerged off the coast of Cancun, Mexico and is the largest museum under the sea, with over 500 sculptures done by Jason Taylor deCaires. It's one of those experiences that raises us by its greatness. Jason DeCaires Taylor (1974) is an English sculptor, with over 18 years of experience as a diver. He has received awards for his underwater photographs, wh...
  • Museo Chillida-Leku and high cuisine at Donosti
    I was greeted by warm sunshine when I visited the wonderful gardens of the Zabalaga house, home to the artistic legacy of one of the 20th century’s most important sculptors, Eduardo Chillida (1924-2002). The Museo Chillida-Leku (Gipuzkoa) project was initiated by the artist himself as a place to house a large part of his work. It consists of large and small scale sculptures, drawings, graphical work and his well-known Gravitaciones, also known as reliefs on paper. The archives are located in the old 16th century shed, lovingly restored by Eduardo and his wife Pilar Belzunce:...
  • Brancusi Atelier in Paris
    Constantin Brancusi (Romania, 1876-1957) moved to Paris in 1904, where he created the majority of his work in two studios near Montparnasse. In 1956, he donated his studio and its contents to the French State, on the condition that it would be kept exactly as he'd left it after his death.           Atelier Brancusi. Foto: Alejandra de Argos. Atelier Brancusi. Foto: Alejandra de Argos.   I'd been wanting to visit the Brancusi Atelier for years but I'd never been able to do so due to the limited opening hours (2pm to 6pm, closed on Tuesdays). Eventually I found the opportun...
  • Atelier of Carlos Cruz-Diez in París.
    Carlos Cruz-Diez, born in Caracas in 1923, is one of the great exponents of kinetic art. He moved to Paris on October 12, 1960 with a view to making it his permanent base. He set up a studio on rue Pierre Sémard and gradually went about expanding it to include other spaces on the same street.                     Today his workshop is spread out across a number of properties interestingly, one of his studios still has the same façade from when it used to be a butcher’s shop. Cruz-Diez has assigned a specific purpose to each space: a documentation centre (which holds part...
  • The Warriors of Xian
      Foto: Alejandra de Argos  
    The Terracotta Army (or "Terracotta Warriors and Horses") is considered the Eighth Wonder of the World and was ordered to be built by the first Emperor of unified China, Qin Shihuang, who began the construction of the mausoleum at the tender age of 13.
    Qin Shihuang (259 BC - 210 BC) was responsible for bringing an end to the feuds, achieving the unification of China, building the Great Wall as a defence against the Huns and unifying Chinese thought and culture of the time into a coherent system.
  • Sex + explosives = Art in Paris.
       Foto: Alejandra de Argos  
    "One Night Stand: Explosion Event for Nuit Blanche" was the title of the spectacular event organized by one of China’s best-known artists today, Cai Guo-Quiang. It consisted of a conceptual fireworks display on the waters of the river Seine and was part of the “Nuit Blanche” annual event in Paris. Sex and explosives in the city of love were brought together in a night of pure magic.
           Foto: Alejandra de Argos The night began on a steamboat, where the artist explained the experience we were about to witness - a momenta...
  • Dia Beacon Foundation.
    This museum on the banks of the Hudson river in Beacon, New York is a must-see for those visiting NYC. The collection consists of various rooms dedicated to the most important artists of the second half of the 20th century. It is certainly the place to go if you want to spend a whole day looking at, reflecting on and interacting with art.   Dia Beacon is part of the Dia Art Foundation, founded in 1974 with an ambitious goal: to create one of the most significant exhibitions of the most influential artists of the 60s and 70s. The Foundation has carried out many Important projects...
  • Panza Di Biumo Collection.
    In 1999 I visited the magnificent Ducal Palace in Gubbio, owned by Federico de Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino and one of the 15th century’s great wonders. It was there, in the palace’s cold, empty halls, that part of the Panza di Biumo collection is held, containing works from the 1980s and 90s.                    Monochromatic paintings in various formats filled the walls of the palace, and each of the participating artists was given a specific space in which to display their talents. The collection included Ettori Spalletti’s simplicity and harmony, metallic monochromat...
  • Atelier Bernardí Roig in Mallorca.
    Entering Bernardí Roig’s workshop, one is greeted by a series of disturbing, stark-white sculptures, created by the artist to induce a sense of catharsis similar to that experienced by ancient spectators of Greek tragedies.
    Upon close inspection the solitary, brightly-lit sculptures, first and foremost, transmit a strong sense of emotion, and their key feature is their meaningful gaze and their relationship to the viewer. The statues express the artist’s fears and obsessions, and they exist to ask profound questions about art and its observer. How does the artwork af...
  • Donald Judd Foundation. New York.
                                                        Judd Foundation. Photo Paul Katz/ © Paul Katz/Courtesy; Judd Foundation Archive
    A few years ago I discovered New York’s Judd Foundation, the residence and studio of minimalism’s most important exponent, Donald Judd, since 1968. My desire to visit it was frustrated due to it being closed for refurbishment. Its doors finally reopened three years later, in June 2013, and I was allowed a visit a few days before the official reopening.

      The impressive 19th-century cast-iron building is located on 101 Spring...
  • Vitra Campus.
    Architecture and design lovers should not miss a visit to Weil am Rhein, a town in the German region of Freiburg as well as a suburb of the Swiss city of Basel. Here we find the Vitra Campus, Vitra being the Swiss furniture producer founded in 1950 by Willi Fehlbaum. In 1981 a major fire destroyed parts of the original Campus factory and Nicholas Grimshaw, a British architect, was commissioned to design a new production building, which started a series of contributions by architects adding more and more buildings and constructions on the Campus premises, today a world-class desti...



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