Botanicals and Hyperspaces. Two new exhibitions at Bombas Gens

Fundació Per Amor a L’Art (FPAA) presented at Bombas Gens Centre d’Art two new exhibitions of the Per Amor a l’Art Collection: “Hyperspaces”, which reflects on the relationship between architecture, imaginary spaces and contemporary art, and “Botanics”, a proposal creating an interior garden connected to that of the exterior of the building. According to Susana Lloret, vice president of FPAA, “We have always seen Bombas Gens’s garden as another room at the museum, in which art meets nature through a site-specific sculpture by Cristina Iglesias which is called, precisely, ‘Through’. Well now, with ‘Botanics’, the garden also enters the museum. ”


The consultant of the collection, Vicent Todolí, explained that “in these two exhibitions two new conductive threads have been sought to continue presenting the collection. The first of them, the botanist, arises with the acquisition of several artworks with plant motifs from Imogen Cunningham of the 20s to which other pieces of the period, signed by Karl Blossfeldt or Albert Renger-Patzsch, would be added up. They sought the abstraction of plants; the art that creates nature… and we have gathered their works and those of other later authors and generated a dialogue between them”.

The result for the director of Bombas Gens and co-curator of the exhibitions, Nuria Enguita, “is an interesting selection of photographic series that shows different ways of representing the world of plants. And it is that botanical science and photography have gone hand in hand since the appearance of the latter ”.

As Carles À. Saurí, co-curator of the exhibition, has assured, “through the garden photographed from this collection, you can see how the representation of a plant can fluctuate from the projection of its plastic form to the scientific observation of its species. In the exhibition we will find aesthetic approaches such as Cunningham’s, mixed with the most analytical views of Renger-Patzsch or Blossfeld, the kitsch approach of Hans-Peter Feldmann, the collage work of Alessandra Spranzi, the trips of Pierre Verger or the work-installation by Jochen Lempert, who dilutes the boundaries between botanical representation and personal language”.


“Hyperspace” takes its name from science fiction. It refers to a fourth dimension that Todoli said was already appealing in Cubism or in André Breton’s postulates about abstract art, and that we currently find underlying in films such as “Interstellar.” “It would be the creation of another reality and the possibility of traveling with the mind to these fictitious spaces that this exhibition would propose,” says the advisor.

This exhibition of abstract art of the 21st century brings together the most contemporary artworks of the collection, most of them signed by women. According to Nuria Enguita, “from painting, sculpture, drawing, architectural constructions, installations or photography, an aesthetic, conceptual and sensitive experience is offered, testing our perception of space and proposing new ways of thinking about it”.

For Julia Castelló, co-curator of the exhibition, “the selection of exhibited works rethinks and redefines the architecture in different media and styles. We find Teresa Lanceta’s fabric, Pedro Cabrita’s colour fields, Carlos Bunga’s materiality, David Reed’s organicity, Irma Blank’s writings, Roland Fischer’s graphics or Heimo Zobernig’s plan overlay. And in the affective and symbolic terrain we have the memory of Patricia Gómez and María Jesús González, the ruin in the work of Ángela de la Cruz or the transformation of the architecture of ‘El Ultimo Grito'”.


Julia Castelló (Barcelona 1992) and Carles Àngel Saurí (Foios, 1992), both on staff in the centre (art department assistant and mediator respectively), debuted as curators in Bombas Gens with veterans Enguita and Todolí. According to Susana Lloret, “with this opportunity we wanted to contribute to the development of the young talent we have in our own team. Both are very valid professionals who have been working with the collection for some time, from the point of view of research and dissemination, and putting all their creativity at their service. The step forward that they now take has occurred naturally, organically. It is a great pride to see how much they are also growing in their professional projects outside Bombas Gens, and inside we could not do anything other than boost this growth”


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“Botánicas” at the Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid