Galería Elvira González is pleased to announce the exhibition of works by Adolfo Schlosser, which opened April
29th. This is the late artist’s fourth show at the gallery. Schlosser, who
lived in Spain during the final 40 years of his life, is a Land Art artist, being his main source of
inspiration Nature. Itself and that the mathematics and rhythms of the natural
world served as Schlosser’s primary references when creating his body of work.
The exhibition consists of
approximately 30 works, among which are included photographs, paintings and
sculpture. Throughout these works there are clear references to the natural
world, references that go beyond the photography and include the use of natural
materials such as seaweed, stones, tree branches, natural wax and spider webs.
Austria, 1939 - Bustarviejo, Madrid, 2004) studied sculpture at the Academy of Applied Arts in Graz
and later, from 1957 to 1959, he studied painting at the Fine Arts Academy of
Vienna. After a period of four years during which he lived in Iceland and
divided his time between writing and working as a whale fisherman, he returned
to Vienna. During this period he began creating his hörspiel (sound
games), and by the end of the 60’s he had begun working with sculpture.
In the mid-60’s Schlosser, along
with the sculptor Eva Lootz, moved from Vienna to Madrid. From that point on he
lived and worked in Bustarviejo, in the province of Madrid, until his death in
2004. From this period dates his relationship with the Buades Gallery, where he
encountered an atmosphere that fostered the development of his artistic ideas.
In addition, in Madrid he founded the magazine Humo, together with Juan
Navarro Baldeweg, Eva Lootz and Patricio Bulnes. In 1991 Schlosser was awarded
Spain’s National Arts Prize in recognition of his key role in the development
of Spanish sculpture.
His work forms part of numerous
public collections, such as the Reina Sofia National Museum and Art Centre
(MNCARS) in Madrid, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona (Macba), the
Andalusian Center for Contermporary Art (CAAC) in Seville, and the Galician
Center for Contemporary Art (CGAC) in Santiago de Compostela. In 2006 the Reina
Sofia Museum held the largest retrospective exhibition to date of Schlosser’s
work, posthumously emphasizing the artist’s vast and profound influence on
Spanish art during the last quarter of the 20th century. Schlosser’s public
works have been installed across Spain, such as in the Renfe train station in
Santander, the Plaza del Centenario in San Sebastian and the campuses of the Valencia
Polytechnical University and the University of Torrelavega in Cantabria.
* This video is an extract from the one made for the exhibition of Adolfo Schlosser in Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (February- May 2006)