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ARCADIO BLASCO: A RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION

Arcadio Blasco, objects narrator is the title of the first retrospective exhibition on the Mutxamel author's work, which can be seen at the University of Alicante Museum from next Wednesday 26 November. With this exhibition, organised by the University of Alicante with the support of Caja Mediterráneo, the university museum restoration work will come to an end and the Hall 365, the widest one of all the museum buildings, will be opened.

The exhibition, made up of more than a hundred pieces, will be officially opened at 20:15 with the presence of, among other authorities, the President of the UA , Ignacio Jiménez Raneda, the President of CAM, Vicente Sala, and the same author. Commissioned by José Piqueras and Carlos Mateo, "the exhibition entices to enter Arcadio's world through his long career as a painter, a potter and a sculptor of varied styles, at the same time as a citizen who has lived intensely the not always agreeable role of a committed witness to the historical future".

The exhibition collects more than half a century of nonstop activity, from the training years in the schools of Fine Art in Madrid and Valencia (1949-53) until his latter series, such as Aprisco and the cartoons that play it (2003-08). To make it possible, the museum have gathered works of public and private collections, as well as a huge part of work belonging to the author's personal collection that had not been shown before. Among the most significant works that can be seen are the pieces from the Reina Sofía Arts Center, the Pottery Museum in Manises, the Contemporary Art Museum in Alicante, the County Council and the Town Hall of Alicante, the Town Hall and the Museum of Elche and from other collections. The exhibition is completed with a documentary made by the University of Alicante's Image Workshop (Taller de Imagen), where an important part of the artist's public work is gathered, from sculptures to the countless window glasses done in the fifties and the sixties in churches and civil buildings all along the country. Nevertheless, it is relevant that, for the fist time, many of the sketches and models previous to this work are exhibited.

This retrospective exhibition "is a real honour” to the author, but he states that he feels “a bit of vertigo and I am even scared to think that the exhibiton collects the work of 60 years of artistic experience”, because “one makes it gradually, expressing his feelings, researching technics, testing and now, seeing all of it together… I hope there is a wam reception".

According to José Piqueras, "one must let himself go, following a chronological order, starting form the inicial and less known work , a synthesis of classicism and modernity, result of his stay at the Spanish Academy in Rome (1953-54), or coming along with him in the early decision of taking a risk on abstraction (1955-56), with workpieces that have not lost a bit of freshness or vitality.

For a moment we can follow his brush movement, spilling assertively oxides and pigments over the clay bars of his Pottery paintings (1956-64), and witness the start of the work that evidences Arcadio Blasco's pioneer role within the young Spanish abstract avant-garde, lived in Madrid and with huge international impact".

The catalogue: a reference point
The exhibition's commissioner considers that one of the most important assets in this retrospective is the publication of a cathalogue-book with more than 240 pages in which, besides having articles about Arcadio Blasco's work, an updated bibliography and a completed list of his public work will be given. The cataogue is organised following the authors' different creative stages, from his apprenticeship paintings to his earned reputation. Piqueras explains that the most innovative thing in this retrospective exhibition 'is Arcadi's global vision, from his first paintings of his military mates, through his reputation in the European avant-garde and to his latter work, the Aprisco, and for this reason the catalogue coming out of this exhibition is going to be a clear reference point on Blasco's work.

The exhibition can be seen at the MUA's Hall 365 until 28 February.

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