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The Buenos Aires - Paris Transition (1955-1959)
From Aug. 21, 2019 to Nov. 17, 2019
108 works on display
Curator: Mariana Marchesi
The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes proudly presents this show of Julio Le Parc in the certainty that his work, comprising abstraction, kinetic art, conceptualism, and op art allows the dialogue with universal tradition to be renewed through a language that has remained true to itself for nearly six decades.
Our exhibition attempts to track the genesis of an aesthetic output we find totally contemporary. Yet, why is it possible that his works conceived over half a century ago with traditional techniques such as the woodcut and the watercolor are in total synchronicity with today? Or that manually made geometric works created decades earlier should seem timeless? From the academic drawing to the rupture of abstraction, from print to watercolor, from play with lighting to inclusion of movement, the technical changes conduct a rite of passage in Le Parc from one language to another.
Powerfully inflected by the illusional power of its visual games ‒ be it on canvas, in watercolors, objects, or kinetic installations ‒, Le Parc's production encourages viewers to plunge into a unique sensory experience; the geometric sequences, grid patterns and fractal progressions, constructed with impeccable technical precision, appeal to the imaginary universal models with which we establish our primordial link with the world. Unlike what happens with so much of contemporary art, Le Parc is not seeking to create confusion, but rather to contribute conceptual clarity and to generate a sensory experience free of mystifications. He operates on the premise that geometry is the language of a primal and universal state of consciousness. Since he proceeds deliberately to give it a neutral character, his art is egalitarian: it the viewer who completes the work, as in the objects which become virtual forms to the extent that the person contemplating them moves in space.
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
The exhibition can be visited from Tuesday to Thursday, from 11 to 20, Friday from 11 to 22, and on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 to 20 (Monday: closed).
General admission to the Museum for residents of the country is free, while the entrance to the Temporary Exhibition Pavilion, where “Julio Le Parc. Buenos Aires-Paris Transition (1955-1959)” will be exhibited, costs $ 100 ( one hundred pesos). Children under 12, people with disabilities, retirees and teachers with accreditation, and student groups are exempted from this payment. Non-residents in Argentina, meanwhile, pay $ 200 (two hundred pesos) to enter the Museum, which includes a visit to the Pavilion for temporary exhibitions. On Tuesdays from 11 to 20, and every day from 18.45 to 20, admission is free. The ticket paid to visit the exhibition of Le Parc in the Fine Arts will also allow you to visit the current exhibition of the artist in the CCK, and vice versa: with the CCK ticket, you can enter the Museum for free.