Pablo Echaurren - Counter-painting
For Pablo Echaurren, art is also the best means to communicate his social commitment, ideologies, and beliefs. Which is the fulcrum of the exhibition that the GNAM is dedicating to him. In fact the artist's life has always been devoted to a double commitment.
A precocious success
By the age of 18 he had already received a prestigious recognition from Arturo Schwarz, patron of Dada- Surrealism. Nonetheless, in 1977, considering it more important to make a commitment to the social and political discoveries of that historic period, he gave up painting. However, this immersion in reality led him to re-engage with art and would inspire ironic and satirical works. And this exhibition sets out to underline this important contribution of the artist to contemporary thought.
Social criticism on canvasses, collage, and in drawings
The visit features over 200 works by the artist. These include canvasses, drawings and collages from the Seventies to the present day, as well as many documents that help tell the tale of an epoch. The drawings and collages, in particular, are the heart of the exhibition. Not just because they're on show for the first time, but because they represent the clearest examples of what art means to Echaurren. Namely, a criticism of the illusionist world of the media and the desire to transform creativity into something available to all. These are followed by a series of large canvasses from the Eighties and Nineties that investigate contemporary events and environmental issues, as well as some collages created using political posters and adverts. Because for Echaurren, art and inspiration are everywhere.