Exhibition

Descubrimientos Millares,
1959-1972

January 16, 2020February 7, 2021
The Museum of Spanish Abstract Art in Cuenca will keep closed until further notice, as a precautionary measure, in compliance with the special provisions decreed by the Department of Health of the Junta de Castilla La Mancha to stop the expansion of Covid-19.
Manolo Millares working on one of the intaglio plates of 'Anthropofauna' in Gustavo Gili’s studio in Barcelona, 1970 Manolo Millares working on one of the intaglio plates of Anthropofauna in Gustavo Gili’s studio in Barcelona, 1970. © Courtesy of Editorial Gustavo Gili S.L. Photo: Tony Vidal

Curated by Alfonso de la Torre, this travelling exhibition devoted to the complete graphic oeuvre of the Canary Islander Manolo Millares, is organised by the Fundación Juan March, the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando and the Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo of Marbella. It first opened on 10 October 2018 at the Real Academia in Madrid.

Manolo Millares, 'Descubrimientos Millares, 1671' [Discoveries Millares 1671], 1971 Manolo Millares, Descubrimientos Millares 1671 [Discoveries Millares 1671], 1971. Millares family collection. © Manolo Millares, VEGAP, Madrid, 2019

Descubrimientos Millares brings together the artist’s entire graphic corpus, comprising around 70 works published in five handmade portfolios with titles that refer to dark periods of Spanish history. Most of the prints employ intaglio techniques or serigraphy. The portfolios are Mutilados de paz [Peacetime Wounded] (1965); Auto de fe [Auto da fé] (1967); Antropofauna [Anthropofauna] (1970); Torquemada (1970) and Descubrimientos Millares 1671 [Discoveries Millares 1671] (1971). Also on display are various original posters, including the earliest by the artist, published by Buchholz in conjunction with Millares’s exhibition in Munich in 1968, a reproduction of a collage (a poster for the Museo de Arte Abstracto Español in Cuenca), and the poster for Millares’s last exhibition, held at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris (1971). Shown alongside them are examples of the terracotta stamps from the archaeological collection of the Museo Canario; objects that notably influenced an artist whose highly active career reveals an ongoing fascination with printmaking and graphic techniques in general, both of which left their mark on his particular universe. The exhibition concludes with a group of five trial prints undertaken in Millares’s studio that were recently rediscovered in his archives, and eight posthumously published prints, with some variants, that were printed at the "Mayor 28" studio in Madrid.

Manolo Millares, cartel de la exposición 'Millares', held at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1971 Manolo Millares, poster for the exhibition Millares held at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1971. Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo de Marbella
© Manolo Millares, VEGAP, Madrid, 2019

The exhibition can be seen at the Museo de Arte Abstracto Español in Cuenca (with which Millares was so closely connected) from 16 January 2020. It moves to its final venue, the Museu Fundación Juan March in Palma, in June 2021.