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Temporary Exhibitions

FERNANDO ZÓBEL (1984-2009)

March 25 – June 28, 2009

The Fundación Juan March is presenting a small exhibition in homage to Fernando Zóbel on the 25th anniversary of his death in Rome on 4 June 1984. The exhibition will be held at the Museo de Arte Abstracto Español in Cuenca from March to July 2009. It will focus on the artist’s notebooks of drawings and sketches, which is one of the less well-known aspects of the work of Zóbel, founder of the Museo de Arte Abstracto Español in the so-called Hanging Houses in Cuenca.

Exhibited for the first time are more than 50 of Zóbel’s notebooks, which reveal the artist’s passion for beauty. They include drawings and photographs, short, profound texts, and studies of contrasts, light, figures, colours and shadows. In them we see Zóbel aiming to capture an instant, recreating scenes of daily life and landscapes and copying other works of art, paintings and architecture.

Many of these notebooks are nothing less than travel diaries spanning many years. A tireless traveller, in some respects Fernando Zóbel’s entire life was a long journey that took him to Cuenca, the city that now bears witness to his passion for art and from where he continued to embark on his travels around the world until the very end of his life.

The exhibition is presented as a simple homage to the artist. These Notebooks suggest to the viewer an imaginary journey to the places experienced and drawn by the artist, many of which subsequently became the subject of his paintings. Also on display will be a selection of oils by Zóbel from the collection of the Fundación Juan March and from a number of private collections in Cuenca.

The Fundación will be publishing a portfolio with a selection of facsimiles of the artist’s drawings, accompanied by texts by artists and writers. On 4 June, the 25th anniversary of Zóbel’s death, various activities including round tables, lectures and a concert will be held in his honour.
Museo de Arte Abstracto Español, de Cuenca