Candela Álvarez Soldevilla is one of the most prominent art collectors in Spain. She was a teenager when she bought an engraving with the money from her first salary, and today her collection totals more than 450 pieces, ranging from early 20th century to the most contemporary art, with a special focus on emerging artists. In the chapel of the Esteban Vicente Museum, there is a select display of this collection; pieces which share a common theme: the representation of the head as a vessel of thought. The artworks bear names as eminent as Ana Laura Aláez, Jaume Plensa, Anthony Caro, Manolo Valdés and Pérez Villalta, among many others.
Presented by Candela Álvarez Soldevilla, Sofia Barroso and the director of the Esteban Vicente Museum, Ana Doldan.
Miquel Barceló's latest works, a series of large-scale still lifes, will be the main focus of this internationally renowned Spanish artist’s appearance at the Hay Festival. The pieces are to be exhibited at the Thaddeus Ropac gallery in Pantin on the outskirts of Paris in October, and one will be part of an exhibition on the genre of still life at the Louvre in Paris. Associated with neo-expressionism, Barceló's work has evolved to become one of the most original on the European scene.
Barceló will be in conversation with the writer and exhibition curator Enrique Juncosa. He was director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin from 2003 to 2012, for which he received the Order of Civil Merit. Before that, he was deputy director of IVAM and the Reina Sofía Museum. He has curated more than 70 exhibitions in major museums around the world.
The event will be presented by Sofía Barroso.
Event in Spanish
What do a refugee, a high-level politician and a carbon atom on the other side of the world have in common? All of them share the same pattern of existence. The prominent conceptual and multimedia artist Kate Daudy, who has worked on major international projects; and the scientist and artist Sir Konstantin Novoselov, winner of the 2010 Novel Prize for Physics, have been working since 2017 on a humanitarian art and science project whose goal is to explore the ways in which Everything Is Connected and to invite the public to reflect on these connections. Daudy and Novoselov, who will undertake an artistic intervention as part of the Hay Festival, believe that it is worth considering interconnection when assessing our behaviour: our lives are what our thoughts make them. They will talk at this event about their project, which has involved collaboration with different NGOs and institutions linked to humanitarian work in the context of aid and development cooperation.
They will talk to Javier Gila, chair of the Aida: Ayuda, Intercambio y Desarrollo association, who has been working with them on the project.
With simultaneous translation from English to Spanish and vice versa