The reinterpretation of #PabloPicasso’s pinnacle work, #Guernica, is the central focus of the #painter and #restorer José Vicente #Vergara’s latest #exhibition in the Arts Centre Villa Eugenia of #Godella (Valencia). Using his personal style, but also receiving the influence of the masters of #cubism and #surrealism, the Malaga painter represents this as a revision of his most important works.
‘A look back’ reunites thirty #canvas in which Vergara reinterprets iconic #paintings, such as ‘The Young Ladies of Avignon’, ‘Three Musicians’, ‘Dora Maar au Chat’, ‘Women of Algiers’, or even ‘Guernica’.
The exhibition, which can be visited from the 10th November to the 3rd December of this year, is not a #Picasso or a #JuanGris’ work reproduction, but the transformation of Vergara’s works through his own vision and personal style. It is about looking into Vergara’s pictorial influences, in which Picasso’s oneiric vision has always been present.
Vergara plays with multiple perspectives and the decomposition of natural shapes in these pictorial homages, intending to present them through geometrical figures. That intention is designated as an essence of cubism, and Vergara alternates these figures with his so particular manner of presenting reality through evocations of the unconscious and the world of dreams. These are both inspired in surrealism and the Australian Aboriginal culture, the Dreamtime.
The exhibition itself is a recapitulation of Picasso’s influence in vanguardism. However, what, in fact, stands out is the collection of cubist paintings and the fragmented reconstruction of ‘Guernica’, an iconic work about the Spanish Civil War, the anti-war and the fight for freedom. This artwork has been especially elaborated for the Spanish Pavilion in the 1937 International Exhibition of Paris, and now, 80 years later, it has returned to the actual era. The main aim is to both celebrate its anniversary and to present the horror that provokes confrontation within citizens of a same country.