Tabakalera International Centre of Contemporary Culture in Donostia - San Sebastian presents the exhibition Summer by the artist and film director Julian Schnabel (Brooklyn, New York, 1951). The exhibition includes over sixty paintings and sculptures, with works from the 1980s to the present, and will occupy most of the ground floor of the building.
The artist has prepared the exhibition in dialogue with the building itself which remains more or less intact from its original use as a tobacco factory (Tabakalera) and is being restored as the International Centre of Contemporary Culture. On the occasion of this project, that comprises exhibitions at the Palzzo Venezia in Rome, the Rotonada della Besana in Milan and The Schloss Dernenburg in Germany, the artist is working with buildings full of memories and symbolism for the local public. As Max Hollein points out in the catalogue for the exhibition, Julian Schnabel “understand the notion of display and spatial context as an ever changing but integral part in the never ending evolution of a work of art … (when) exhibiting his works in extraordinary historic places such as the Cuartel del Carmen in Seville… Schnabel likes the changing effect, the interpretation that architecture can give to a painting, the marriage between the painting and location”.
The title of the exhibition, Summer, makes reference to the artist's way of working. For Schnabel, the summer season is the most productive of all, as it allows him to work out in the open and introduce nature in his paintings.
Schnabel has included a selection of works from European and American private collections as well as works from his own collection. The selection includes works that have never been exhibited, recent works and many series that have never been exhibited toghether.
The exhibition reveals a wide range of Schnabel’s work, always conceived from his painter’s outlook and his absolute freedom when using different languages. The result is an exuberant, energetic and ever-changing body of work exixting on many different layers.
Julian Schnabel has had individual exhibitions in the White Chapel Art Gallery in London, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Tate Gallery in London, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid and in Museums and Collections over the world. His work will also be exhibited this year in China, Hong Kong and Corea.
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