Opening Eduardo Arroyo's exhibition
Dans le respect des traditions
From July 1 to November 19, 2017, Eduardo Arroyo takes his place on the walls of the Fondation Maeght. Considered one of the greatest Spanish artists of his generation, Eduardo Arroyo has painted humanity through a play of images which come from society as well as history, the history of art and literature. He does so with a truth and humor that play with mythological or political scenographies. With a taste for paradox, he uses fragmented narration and delivers an extremely constructed pictorial work which demonstrates a constant freedom. Eduardo Arroyo is also a writer and has carefully chosen the title of the exhibition at the Fondation Maeght using a mix of absurdity and irony: "Dans le respect des traditions."
The Fondation Maeght presents a thematic exhibition of works produced since 1964, made up of well-known paintings as well as those never before seen including a series of paintings created especially for this exhibition. There are also many drawings and a collection of sculptures, including "shaped stones" and assemblies, between fiction and reality, like the hybrid head series. Spectacular for its diversity of materials, the wealth of characters and its range of colors, the arrangement of the works will feature small theaters around such paintings as the Agneau Mystique or Paradis des mouches, kingdom of the vanities.
"Eduardo Arroyo is connected with the Narrative Figuration movement that developed in Europe in the early 1960s. He is a committed artist who refuses any complacent aestheticization of art and images and defends the exemplary nature of the work. He wants his painting to be accessible to the largest possible audience. His paintings are painted in flat colors, but he often creates compositions using collage. He also creates sculptures using clay, iron, stone, plaster and bronze. The use of nonsense and the absurd makes him a direct heir of Lewis Carroll and dark humor.