The Esteban Vicente Museum of Contemporary Art presents the exhibition project "Hereditas", by the artist Gonzalo Borondo. From April 8th to September 26th, 2021
This exhibition is a complex intervention in the museum space whose purpose is to question the past from the presuppositions of the present and, specifically, to value the nature of the Museum as a place in which to preserve our heritage for future generations and show the marvelous ability of art to bring objects that lost their original function back to life. Also, pay tribute to nature as the foundation of culture and inspiration for art and religious symbols.
“Hereditas” offers the viewer an immersive experience, beyond mere contemplation, it is an “interaction” of the artist with space. Borondo started this type of action in 2017 (“Cenere”, Selci, Italy, was the first), but what makes “Hereditas” a different creation from all those carried out so far is that it takes place in a Museum. Here, paradoxically, the white cube (as the exhibition space has been called in modern times) is annulled, to turn it, worth the pun, into a black cube, and thus rescue those uses that the building had.
The exhibition refers to the two fundamental heritages of humanity: natural heritage and cultural heritage. The forced ascending journey of this experience is structured in four chapters or “altars”.
The first three are a tribute to the natural heritage, through the vegetable kingdom (Herba/grass), mineral (Petra/stone), and animal (Carnis/meat); the fourth chapter (Eter/ether) being reserved for the realm of the immaterial, for that dimension that emanates from the mind, so necessary, so mysterious and so difficult to define.
Gonzalo Borondo has recovered for this exhibition original testimonies from the past (sculptures, columns, pieces of plasterwork, niches …), which are sometimes shown as they are and are sometimes recreated in a contemporary key. With this strategy, he turns the look to the future, typical of the contemporary art museum, into a broad look at the past. He uses very different languages and supports: installations, painting, projections, animation, optical illusions, sophisticated digital technologies, sound effects …
Borondo intervenes throughout the building, extending its “interaction” to the farthest corners. He upsets the conventional path of the viewer, providing surprises and moments of authentic sensory enjoyment, turning the visit into an experience that we hope touches his sensitivity and accompanies him in time.
Curated by: Esteban Vicente Museum of Contemporary Art
Sponsorship by: Segovia Provincial Council
Ph. Credits exhibition: Roberto Conte
Ph. Credits work in progress: Aruallan
Teaser: Jano Madriz & Javier Haro