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1997 - glass, cement, lighting fixtures

After the temporary exhibition Noise, held at Cascina Terrarossa in 1997, Plensa conceived a permanent artwork for Celle to be built in the olive grove bordering the park. The structure, made of glass bricks, is divided into two identical rooms, each accessible by a door. The only differences between these tiny rooms are the writings inscribed on the glass wall that prevents any contact between them. On one side there are words with positive connotations (peace, young, rich, etc.), while the "negative" opposites (war, old, poor, etc.) are inscribed on the wall of the adjacent space. At night, the lighting fixtures on the rooms' ceilings impart a cold white light, making the structure appear like a house of ice in the middle of the Tuscan olive grove.

Jaume Plensa

Born in 1955 in Barcelona Jaume Plensa lives and works between his native city and Paris.

Among his solo exhibitions we note: Fundacio Joan Mirò, Barcelona (1996); Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris -- Malmo Konsthall, Malmo - Stadtische Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim (1997); Galleria d'arte moderna e contemporanea, Palazzo Forti, Verona (1998); Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna (1999); Kunsthalle, Kiel (1999); Chelouche Gallery for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv (2000); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2000); Museo Civico, Lubiana (2001); Fondation Européenne pour la Sculpture, Brussels (2002); Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art, Salzburg (2003/2006); Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena (2004); Stiftung Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg (2005) Centre de la Gravure et de l'Image imprimée, La Louvière, Belgium (2005); Stadtische Kunsthalle, Mannheim (2005-2006); Centro de Arte Contempoaneo, Malaga (2005-2006); Museu d'art modern i contemporani de Palma, Mallorca (2006); Galerie LeLong, Paris (2006); Galerie Le Long, Paris (2006, 2009); MAMEC et Promenade des Arts, Nice (2007-2008); Stadtkirche, Darmstadt (2008); Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (2009-10)

Among his permanent outdoor projects we recall here the design of Millennium Park, Chicago (2004).

After winning the international Joan Miro award in 1975, Plensa continued to receive important critical attention like the National Award for the Fine Arts and Culture, Barcelona (1997); the Koiné-Seat Award for the Arts, Verona (1998); the Mariano Benliure Sculpture Award in Madrid (2002); in 2005 the School of the Art Institute of Chicago awarded him an honorary degree; for his project for the town of saint Helen's (UK) he received the prestigious Marsh Award for Public Sculpture.

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