Bombas Gens is a project managed by the Fundació Per Amor a l’Art. Located on the premises of the former hydraulic pump factory of the same name, built between 1930 and 1935 in the Art Deco style, the complex includes an air-raid shelter built for the factory, a medieval cellar and the remains of a 15th century farmhouse discovered during its restoration, as well as an outdoor modernist garden.
The art centre is also home to the Per Amor a l’Art Collection, a collection of modern and contemporary art
advised by Vicent Todolí. Composed of 2,629 works of art by 221 national and international artists, the collection has two main areas of research: photography and Abstract Art.
- Guided tour of the heritage complex: Bombas Gens is a unique space where history, culture, heritage and solidarity come together. The singularity of the visits, carried out by specially trained monitors, is not only due to the project to which they belong, but also to the spaces that make up this unique heritage complex in the city of Valencia. An old hydraulic pump factory converted today into an Art Centre with a beautiful Art Deco façade. A Civil War shelter that reminds us that real bombs were made here during the civil war. A fully restored 15th century wine cellar and a Mediterranean garden, which was the backyard of the factory, now full of life and home to more than 120 species.
- Guided tour of “Earth: a Retrospective”. El Ultimo Grito and the Per Amor a l’Art Collection: Within the framework of València World Design Capital 2022, Bombas Gens has invited El Ultimo Grito to create an exhibition proposal based on the Per Amor a l’Art Collection. In this exhibition, design operates as a conceptual and material narrative as well as a curatorial device, outlining a kind of language of interlude and engaging in a dialogue that opens up a speculative approach to the nature of this collection and its individual works. “Earth: A Retrospective” shows the Per Amor a l’Art Collection as a “creative geography”, an editing concept developed by Lev Kuleshov, designed to collide shots from different places to generate a new seamless landscape in which the narrative unfolds. With this project, El Ultimo Grito looks at the Earth from an indeterminate point in a future space-time. A point where our memory of the Earth is broken and our only link to it is a collection of images where meaning and signifier are blurred. Generated in the present trying to re-imagine a past from an unknown future, “Earth: A Retrospective” presents works from the Per Amor a l’Art Collection and El Ultimo Grito, including artists such as Nobuyoshi Araki, Bleda y Rosa, Iñaki Bonillas, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Koji Enokura, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Inma Femenía, Paul Graham, Jonas Mekas, Mathieu Mercier, Matt Mullican, among others.
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