An intervention by Julio Le Parc
The exhibition of the monumental installation Kuboa by the Argentinian artist Julio Le Parc happens because of Tabakalera’s interest in bringing and presenting artistic proposals outside the exhibition spaces. This is done by revisiting key figures in contemporary art and selecting artworks with the power to activate and transform public spaces.
Kuboa is a mobile of 10 metres of perimeter and 1 tone of weight, made up of 2,660 pieces of polished stainless steel, created by Julio Le Parc. The work is conceived specifically for Tabakalera’s Plaza and was produced on site over the last few weeks. It is the first in a series of interventions in the unique public spaces of the cultural building. With the presentation of Kuboa, Tabakalera wants to pay homage to, and revisit, an artist who knew how to connect modern art with the uncertainties of the contemporary, and who was a pioneer in establishing a new relationship between art and its audiences. The work is an artistic proposal resulting from constant research and experimentation with space, light and movement. It places the visitors at the centre, who, through their own experience and perception, complete the work. The installation transforms the Plaza and presents it to its visitors in permanent transformation, thanks to the constant games of light, shadows and movements. It invites them to discover and rediscover it over and over resulting in ever changing perception of the work and its pace. This new mobile was created during the last few months as part of an intense working process. It will become the largest work produced to date by the Julio Le Parc.
The exhibition of the monumental installation Kuboa by the Argentinian artist Julio Le Parc happens because of Tabakalera’s interest in bringing and presenting artistic proposals outside the exhibition spaces. This is done by revisiting key figures in contemporary art and selecting artworks with the power to activate and transform public spaces. Julio Le Parc is considered to be an artist of historical importance. He is a forerunner of kinetic art and Op Art, a founding member of GRAV and winner of the Grand Prize at the Venice Biennale in 1966. His research on light, movement and the relationship between the work and the viewer remains relevant today. His spirit of research and experimentation drives him even at his age of 91 years. His work has and has had a great influence on new generations of artists.
It is not the first time that Julio Le Parc shows his work in Tabakalera, he was already one of the artists participating in the exhibition It's not neutral - Daros-Latinamerica Collection that took place in Tabakalera during the summer of 2008.