Cristina Lucas. Patterns

‘Patterns’ brings together a series of arworks that aproach the patterns imposed by the capitalist system, not only from an economic point of view, but also from a social, aesthetic and even philosophical perspective.

June 10th, 2022 to october 2th, 2022

The Museum of Contemporary Art Helga de Alvear celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the PHotoESPAÑA Festival with an exhibition dedicated to Cristina Lucas (Jaén, 1973). Under the title Patterns, the exhibition brings together a series of installations, photographs and audiovisuals that aproach the patterns imposed by the capitalist system, not only from an economic point of view, but also from a social, aesthetic and even philosophical perspective.

Starting from the installation Plusvalía (2014-16), which ironically displays the market values ​​of the book Capital by Karl Marx, it also shows the fall of the gold standard in the interwar period, whose symbol is the gold chambers as that of the Bank of Spain: The Treasure Chamber. Perspective I and II (2014).

The exhibition deals with financial capitalism marked by speculation and marketing, visible in the installation Elemental Order (2016), which establishes new “patterns” of thought. This same idea is developed by the artist in other artowrks such as Philosophical Capitalism (2014-16), generating landscapes that they define us as Homo Consumens, the series Mountains (2012) and Monochromes (2016).

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.

Catalog co-published by the Helga de Alvear Museum of Contemporary Art in Cáceres and the Andalusian Center for Contemporary Art in Seville on the occasion of Cristina Lucas's exhibitions at both venues, with texts by the artist, Sergio Rubira and María Montero.

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