Margins of Silence

The body of works on display in the exhibition presented here have been chosen because they illustrate, in a wide-ranging and approximate way, some of the concepts related to silence, and to the trail of changes these ideas have had on the attitudes of artists since the sixties last century.

from June 3th 2010 to February 20th 2011

The body of works on display in the exhibition presented here have been chosen because they illustrate, in a wide-ranging and approximate way, some of the concepts related to silence, and to the trail of changes these ideas have had on the attitudes of artists since the sixties last century.

The “margins of silence” symbolically encloses, therefore, the permeability of a specific place. A permeability that must flow in order to enable the dialogue with these works to attain the required level of intensity in each particular case.

On display in this exhibition are works by many artists that form part of the history of art and have signposted some of the most frequented routes in its development over the past five decades.

Also on display are works by younger artists who have been very active, though not in the mainstream, in creating their own unclassifiable languages.

The first exhibition to be held at the Centro de Artes Visuales de Cáceres endeavours to convey the range of crucial moments for the development of recent art encompassed by the Collection and the singularity of the works of art, ideas, methods and techniques that converge in it to build its appeal.

In addition, the current selection faithfully reflects the evolution of Helga de Alvear’s artistic concerns and the affinities she has developed as her experience has grown in a field where one needs to be receptive and constantly alert.

In this show the works on display are going to converse with the space and also with each other in a three-part interplay, thus allowing the artistic experience to achieve its full expressive potential.

José María Viñuela

José María Viñuela (Ibrahernando, Cáceres, 1944) is a board member of the Helga de Alvear Foundation, Collection conservator, Main Curator for opening events at the Helga de Alvear Museum and is responsible for the museographic design of exhibition installations.

Educated at the Facultad de Ciencias of the Universidad Complutense and at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura (1961-1968), in 1974, Viñuela moved to Hamburg in order to continue with his education at the Hochshule für Bildende Künste. After his return, in the years between 1974 and 1977, he worked as an assistant for architect José María García de Paredes on projects such as the Manuel de Falla Auditorium in Granada, or Casa Narciso Yepes in Madrid, among others.

In 1978, he was named Head of Exhibitions and Museography at the Museo Municipal de Madrid and in 1980 he was named Artistic Advisor for Banco de España. After this period, in 1983, he was named Heritage Conservator of the Banco de España, a position he held until his retirement in 2015. During this latter stage, he oversaw an important remodeling of the institution’s network of subsidiaries and of both central buildings in Madrid. Furthermore, he worked on the consolidation of the Bank’s artistic collection through the acquisition of more than fifty historical works – among which are two portraits by Francisco de Goya – and also established the Contemporary Art Collection at Banco de España through the incorporation of over one thousand works and approximately 4000 chalcographic engravings. From 1981 onward, he has attended the most relevant events in the artistic world: documentas, manifestas, biennials and international fairs, while also being knowledgeable on the context international museums. He has organized and curated over one hundred exhibitions in Europe, America and Asia; given numerous conferences; been part of a range of architecture and art juries and has published articles and texts regularly. Between 1997 and 1998, he was a member of the European Central Bank Cultural Committee and of the committee responsible for selecting iconographic motifs for the euro.

José María Viñuela participated in the creation of the Helga de Alvear Foundation and has frequently contributed to the development of the project from its inception. His recent curatorship of this new phase in the development of the Helga de Alvear Museum included the design of the museographic project and compartmentalization of exhibition space, as well as the selection of works from the Collection to be included in the show, their installation within the venue and the edition of the catalogue.

Catalogue of the first exhibition in the Centro de Artes Visuales Fundación Helga de Alvear, curated by José María Viñuela, with 115 works selected from the Helga de Alvear Collection dated between 1969 to 2009. The body of works on display in the catalogue presented here have been chosen because they illustrate, in a wide-ranging and approximate way, some of the concepts related to silence, and to the trail of changes these, ideas have had on the attitudes of artists since the sixties last century, and reflects the evolution of Helga de Alvear’s artistic concerns and the affinities she has developed as her experience has grown in a field where one needs to be receptive and constantly alert.

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