Jaume Plensa


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    About the artist

    currently shares his residence between Paris and Barcelona
    1955: Was born in Barcelona

    From 1980 with his first exhibition in Barcelona until today, Jaume Plensa has lived and worked in Berlin, Brussels, England, France, USA, and he currently shares his residence between Paris and Barcelona. 

    Plensa has been a teacher at the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris and has also been a lecturer at many universities and art institutions. He collaborates as professor invited at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

    Since 1992 Jaume has obtained various distinctions and awards, both national and international, notably his investiture as a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture (France, 1993), National Culture Awards of the Government of Catalonia 1997 (Barcelona, 1997), Honorary Doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, USA, 2005), the 2009 Mash Award for Public Sculpture (London, 2009), National Award for Plastic Arts (Madrid 2012), and most recently , the National Award for Graphic Arts (Madrid 2013).

    His sculptural work has gone through several stages developed largely with recuperation materials, iron, bronze, cooper, … In 1986, he started a series of cast iron sculptures, then he incorporated light and relief written text. Recently his melting materials have been synthetic resin, glass, alabaster, plastic, light, video and sound. He also has a large production of works on paper and etchings. Beside his sculptural oeuvre he is collaborating often working on stage design and costumes for opera and theatre productions.

    A significant part of Plensa’s production is set in the context of public sculpture, a sphere in which he has works installed in Spain, France, Japan, the United Kingdom, Korea, Germany, Canada, the USA, etc. The Crown Fountain, in Chicago’s Millennium Park, is one of his latest project, and undoubtedly one of his most brilliant. In 2005 he finished Breathing, which is installed in the new BBC building in London; in 2007 Conversation à Nice for the place Masséna in Nice, (France), El Alma del Ebro for the Expo Zaragoza 2008 in Zaragoza (Spain); in 2009 Dream in St Helens, Liverpool (UK), in 2010 World Voices in Dubai (UAE), Ogijima’s Soul in Ogijima (Japan), Awilda in Salzburg (Austria), Tolerance for the city of Houston (USA), Echo for Madison Square Park (New York), in 2012 DRÖM in Goteborg (Sweden), Mirror for Rice University in Houston (USA), and Close up for Seul (Korea).

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