Example of Roser Bru in the Baburizza Museum

Example of Roser Bru in the Baburizza Museum

  • Baburizza Museum, Paseo Yugoslavo 176, Cerro Alegre, Valparaíso.
  • From 13 January to 26 February.
  • Tuesday to Sunday – 10am to 6pm
  • Free.
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The famous Chilean painter Agustín Abarca (1882-1953) is contextualized in the present through a cultural project of aesthetic mediation. An investigation that recovers 14 unpublished works related to the experiences of various inhabitants of the area.

In the context of the centenary of the birth of the Roser Bru National Prize for Plastic Arts, its Foundation – created by the artist herself shortly before her death – opens this Friday at the Baburizza Museum in Valparaíso an exhibition with works, which will visit six cities in Chile .

“Roser Bru from north to south: traveling graphic exhibition” aims to bring the national public closer to the work of the Spanish-Chilean artist, born in Barcelona in 1923 and arrived in Chile in 1939, a refugee from the Spanish civil war at the age of 16.

This is Roser Bru’s first exhibition since his death in 2021 at the age of 98, touring his work over a 70-year long career in painting and printmaking.

prolific work

“We wanted to focus the attention of this exhibition on the engraved work so that it could travel throughout Chile and because the engraving represents one of the most developed and prolific creative expressions of Roser, for which it is recognized nationally and internationally “, says the curator of the exhibition, Inés Ortega-Márquez.

For his part, the director of the Baburizza Museum, Rafael Torres, points out that “we are very honored that the exhibition in honor of the centenary of the great Roser Bru begins in Valparaíso and in our museum. This city which received it upon its arrival in Chile, today celebrates it in the city’s Museum of Fine Arts. Without a doubt, it is an extraordinary exhibition that presents the strength, character and talent of the great creation of the master Roser Bru”.

The public will be able to see 43 engravings between 1956 and the first decade of the 2000s, in a variety of themes and techniques (burin, etching, aquatint, lithography, screen printing and woodcut) which have been published by different stamps, in particular by Taller 99 , of which Bru has been a part since its inception in 1956 together with Nemesio Antúnez and until his death. Among the engravings on display is part of the series “Made in Spain” (1966) recently acquired by the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid.

digital sign

A special feature of this face-to-face exhibition is that it will be complemented by 10 works that can be viewed digitally via QR codes (9 paintings, including “Woman with her parts” acquired last year by the National Art Museum of Catalonia, and “La family”, textile triptych made for Unctad).

The curatorship seeks to “show the main conceptual axes that have crossed her work, based on her expressive sensitivity for the representation of women and for memory, which connects her to historical and social criticism and human rights both in Chile and in Spain “, emphasizes Ortega. -Marquez.

For her part, the director of the Roser Bru Foundation and daughter of the artist, Agna Aguadé Bru, argues that “it is very important to make known the works that the Foundation holds and in recent years we have dedicated ourselves to the inventory and conservation of his Today, for the first time, we are opening part of our collection to the public and to territorial and cultural decentralization, and we hope that they will consider us as a new agent in the dissemination of the Roser Bru legacy”.

Among the other projects of the Roser Bru Foundation are the launch in March of a new revamped website featuring an archive of the artist’s works and archives; the creation of the “Centenario Roser Bru” label to host a joint program around the various activities that will take place this year; and an exhibition project in Spain, under development.

“Roser Bru from North to South: Traveling Graphic Exhibition” will be visible in the months of January and until February 26 at the Baburizza Palace in Valparaíso, and then will continue its tour in Iquique, Antofagasta, Concepción, Santiago and other cities to be confirmed.
The project is funded by the National Fund for the Visual Arts, call 2022.

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