Matta. Immersed in his worlds

 

 

 

 

 

Roberto Matta
Chile, 1911-2002

No title, 1973
Oil on canvas
92 x 73 cm

Ralli Collection

 

Roberto Matta, of Chilean origin, is one of the most influential international artists in 20th and 21st Century culture. He joined the Surrealists in Paris in 1938. His input to the group was paramount, and he contributed decisively to the renewal of the movement. His works stem from surrealism and automatic drawing to let his imagination fly free. His paintings have a great metaphysical component. Known mainly for his pictorial works and contributions to movements like Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism, Matta worked with different artistic techniques and became involved in an endless list of proposals and movements, both in Europe and America.

In this exhibition, we see the engraver facet of this artist. “Hom’mère”, “Carné Amont”, “L’Arc Obscur des Heures”, “La Araucana” and “Verbo América” are some of the series included in it.  There are thirty-one engravings in total accompanied by an oil painting, thanks to which one can appreciate the relation between Matta’s pictorial work and its graphical aspect.  

 

With the projection of the documentary “Matta, un siglo d’mente”, Directed by Pablo Basulto (2000) - Puntociego Production, Chile.  

  • Roberto Matta
    (Chile, 1911-2002)
    "La cabeza de la espuela", 1984
    Serie “Verbo América”
    Colección Ralli
    © Matta, VEGAP, Málaga, 2020
  • Roberto Matta
    (Chile,1911-2002)
    "L´Arc Obscur des Heures 2 a.m." 1975
    Colección Ralli
    © Matta, VEGAP, Málaga, 2020
  • Roberto Matta
    (Chile,1911-2002)
    "Il Expose", 1977
    Serie “Hom'mere III- L’Ergonaute”
    Colección Ralli
    © Matta, VEGAP, Málaga, 2020

Temporary exhibition Woman’s Portraits

 

 

Moise Kisling
France, 1891-1953


Nu, 1930

Litography
Ed. 8/16
64 x 52 cm

Ralli Collection

 

Classic and avant-garde pictorial and sculptural work make up the sample that attempts to showcase the different forms in which artists approached female representations over the centuries.

A selection of authors that form part of the Ralli Collection, with works of art encompassed in the years 1900 and 1980.

Representing the pictorial trends, we find, among others, French André Derain, Jacques Vilon, Marie Laurencin and Louise Latapie; as well as Russian Nicolas Tarkhoff; the English Harry Bloomfield and Averil Burleigh; and the Spaniard Celso Lagar.

Female representation through sculpture is brought by the hand of Israel artist Chana Orloff and French Michael Beck, where we can see from the expressive use of forms to the most abstract simplification.

The different artistic languages observed in this selection, as well as the techniques and materials, reveal the broad spectrum of possibilities there is in the world of art on the same topic.

  • Charles Edelman
    (France, 1879-1950)
    "Femme qui lit", 1914
  • Nicolás Tarkhoff
    (Russia, 1871-1930)
    "Mme. B. et son bebe", 1908
  • Celso Lagar
    (Spain, 1891-1966)
    "Les trois grâces", 1920

Temporary exhibition Carlos Revilla

 

 

Carlos Revilla
Peru, 1940


Fiametta, 2009

Oil and acrylic on canvas
90 x 80 cm

Ralli Collection

 

Magic and reality in Peru

He was the son of a Peruvian diplomat and a French mother. His father’s profession, his artistic formation, and his trajectory led him to live in different countries, but he never lost his Peruvian roots.

In Spain he established some links in Spain with the surrealistic group, especially influenced by his friend Salvador Dalí’s vision of the movement.

From Surrealism to Magical Realism, Carlos Revilla’s works are full of symbols that tell us about his inner world. His painting is also characterized by eroticism and the presence of female figures. In this exhibition we can appreciate portraits and figures which merge with other elements, either technological, organic forms or landscapes, and which we see with an appearance of total normality.

 

  • Carlos Revila
    (Peru, 1940)
    "Cinco personajes sin autor", 2005
    [Five characters without author]
  • Carlos Revila
    (Peru, 1940)
    "Navegando en el tiempo”, 2009
    [Sailing in the time]

Temporary exhibition Beryl Cook, Engravings

 
 

Beryl Cook
England, 1926 -2008


Dining out, 1995

Serigraphy
Ed. 45/300
69 x 69 cm

Ralli Collection

 

Art and humor, with own style

Naif artist, self-taught, she started her artistic career in the sixties.

Her works, which are not identified with any particular style, portray huge colorful funny characters. She has the gift of drawing attention to our funny human foibles and the amusing things in life.

Beryl Cook creates her works from daily life, funny situations and her extensive travels. The figures on her pictures and situations are so human, that it is impossible to resist the underlying humor of her paintings.

 

  • Beryl Cook Inglaterra
    (England, 1926-2008)
    "Joggers on the hoe", 1985
  • Beryl Cook Inglaterra
    (England, 1926-2008)
    "Bus Stop", 2006
  • Beryl Cook Inglaterra
    (England, 1926-2008)
    "Nathans", 1987

Temporary exhibition Carmen Aldunate, Engravings

 

Carmen Aldunate

Chile, 1940

La Templanza, 1993
Temperance
Lithography  and watercolour
Ed. 4/30
45 x 57 cm

Ralli Collection
© Carmen Aldunate, VEGAP, Málaga, 2020

 

 

Sins and virtues

Acclaimed Chilean painter and illustrator, born in Viña del Mar in 1940.

She belongs to a group of artists oriented towards the “New Figuration” group, which turns art into the refuge of the unpredictable and the imaginary.

At the age of 17 she entered the School of Fine Arts of the Catholic University of Chile, then continued in the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Chile. She completed her postgraduate studies at the Department of Art at the University of California in Davis, USA. Back in Chile, she worked as a drawing and painting teacher at the Catholic University and in various academies and schools.

She has illustrated important literary publications like “Don Quijote” and “Alice in Wonderland”.

The artist has been a Member of the Fine Arts Academy of the Instituto de Chile since 2004. Several of her paintings have been acquired by the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Carmen Aldunate works mainly with oil on canvas and on wooden boards, but also with pencil drawing and collage.

Her work principally focuses on the female figure, which is represented by voluminous robes, tunics and coifs reminiscent of medieval costumes, in the midst of a psychological atmosphere that floods her paintings, alluding to tragic and desolate states of the soul. Her work often focuses on the female face alone, which appears isolated from any frame in a kind of close-up approach.

Her paintings remind us of 15th-century Flemish works, as she retrieves the canons of beauty that once defined classical beauty.

 

  • Carmen Aldunate
    (Chile, 1940)
    "La castidad", 1993
    [Chastity]
    Ralli Collection
    © Carmen Aldunate, VEGAP, Málaga, 2020
  • Carmen Aldunate
    (Chile, 1940)
    "La envidia", 1993
    [Envy]
    Ralli Collection
    © Carmen Aldunate, VEGAP, Málaga, 2020
  • Carmen Aldunate
    (Chile, 1940)
    "La paciencia" ,1993
    [Patience]
    Ralli Collection
    © Carmen Aldunate, VEGAP, Málaga, 2020

Temporary exhibition Marc Chagall, Engravings

 

 

 

Marc Chagall
Russia, 1887 - France, 1995

Bouquet sur la ville, 1993
Lithography
Ed. 4/50
43 x 59 cm

Ralli Collection
© VEGAP, Málaga, 2020. - Chagall

 

A painter and designer distinguished for his surrealistic inventiveness, though he really never took part in this movement. He developed his own expressive and colorful pictorial style, closely linked to his life experiences and to the religious and popular traditions of the Jewish Russian community.

His artistic interest led him to Paris in 1910, where he reached his artistic maturity. The artist’s distinctive use of color and form derives partly from Russian expressionism, but he was deeply influenced by French cubism.

His life was marked by a feeling of rootlessness from his native country and culture, which would be the basis of his artistic creation. The references to his childhood, the rural world and his Jewish origin (the village houses, the violin player figure, the goat) are some of the images that he most frequently repeated.

The biblical subjects from the Old Testament are the leit motiv of many of his works, as in the Blessing of Jacob.

 

  • Marc Chagall
    (Russia,1887-France,1985)
    "Composition noire", 1977
    Ralli Collection
    © VEGAP, Málaga, 2020. - Chagall
  • Marc Chagall
    (Russia,1887-France,1985)
    "La bénédiction de Jacob", 1983
    Ralli Collection
    © VEGAP, Málaga, 2020. - Chagall