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Jaume Plensa

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Jaume Plensa was born in 1955 in Barcelona (Spain).




Behind the Walls Plensa Jaume
Behind the Walls
Jaume Plensa
23 October 2019 - 23 February 2020
Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico City, Mexico
Sculpture in the Courtyard Plensa Jaume
Sculpture in the Courtyard
Jaume Plensa
08 October 2019 - 12 April 2020
The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg,


Born in 1955 in Barcelona, where he studied at the Llotja School of Art and Design and at the Sant Jordi School of Fine Arts. Since 1980, the year of his first exhibition in Barcelona, he has lived and worked in Berlin, Brussels, England, France and the United States, currently resides and works in Barcelona. He has been a teacher at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and regularly cooperates with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as a guest professor. He has also given many lectures and courses at other universities, museums and cultural institutions around the world. Jaume Plensa has received numerous national and international awards, including the Medaille de Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, awarded by the French Ministry of Culture, in 1993, and the Government of Catalonia’s National Prize for Fine Art in 1997. In 2005, he was invested Doctor Honoris Causa by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In Spain, he received the National Prize for Fine Art in 2012 and the prestigious Velázquez Prize for the Arts in 2013. Plensa regularly shows his work at galleries and museums in Europe, the United States and Asia. The landmark exhibitions in his career include the one organized at the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona in 1996, which travelled to the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume in Paris and the Malmö Konsthall in Malmö (Sweden) the following year. In Germany, several museums have staged exhibitions of his work. These include Love Sounds at the Kestner Gesellschaft in Hannover in 1999, The Secret Heart, which was shown at three museums in the city of Augsburg in 2014 and Die Innere Sight at the Max Ernst Museum, in Brühl in 2016. During 2015 and 2016 the exhibition Human Landscape has travelled through several North American museums: Cheekwood Estate and Gardens and The Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, TN, the Tampa Museum of Art in Tampa, FL and the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, OH. His latest Museum exhibitions have been in 2017 at the MAMC–Musée d’art moderne et contemporain Saint-Étienne Métropole, France and Talking Continents at the MMoCA–Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI, USA. During the Summer 2018 some large sculptures have been presented in the royal gardens of Djurgården, Stockholm, Sweden.In Madrid, Plensa received particular acclaim for the exhibition Chaos-Saliva, which opened in 2000 at the Palacio de Velázquez – Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. In the United States, where Plensa has worked and exhibited for nearly three decades, his works have been shown at many art galleries and museums. Amongst his most outstanding exhibitions was that organized at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. In 2011, a large selection of Plensa’s sculptures has been exhibited at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in West Bretton, England. The extensive exhibition was shown in the galleries and in the park. Thanks to this exhibition, the site received national recognition as Most Magnificent Attraction in 2011. To date, this has been one of the most complete shows ever devoted to the work of Jaume Plensa. A very significant part of Plensa’s work is in the field of sculpture in the public space. Installed in several cities in Spain, France, Japan, England, Korea, Germany, Canada, USA, etc. The Crown Fountain, which was unveiled in Chicago’s Millennium Park in 2004, is one of Plensa’s largest projects and, without doubt, one of the most brilliant. The work led to many commissions, adding to the list of works by Jaume Plensa in public spaces, right up to the most recent, Source (2017) in Montreal, Canada, Bangkok Soul (2017) in Bangkok, Thailand, Love (2017) in Leeuwarden, Netherlands and Pacific Soul (2018) in San Diego, USA. Jaume Plensa has won many prizes and citations, including the Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture, which the artist received in London in 2009 for his work Dream. With Together, Collateral Event of the 56th Venice Biennale, Basilica San Giorgio Maggiore, Jaume Plensa obtained the Global Fine Art Award for the Best Public Outdoor Installation in 2015. Defender of the graphic artwork from the beginning, he did many exhibitions dedicated to graphic arts and editions. Highlighting the retrospectives at the Musée des Beaux Arts de Caen (France) and the Centre de la Gravure et de l'Image imprimée La Louviere (Belgium) in 2006. In 2013 he received the National Graphic Arts Award granted by the Calcografía Nacional in Madrid. From 1996 to 2008 he collaborated on many projects for theatre and opera, especially with the company La Fura dels Baus, working the concept and designing sets and costumes. He is preparing two exhibitions for autumn 2018, at the Palacio de Cristal-Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid and at the Museu d’Art Contemporani in Barcelona.

Selected exhibitions

  • 2020
    • The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersbourg, Russie
    • Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico, Mexique
  • 2019
    • Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphie, États-Unis
    • Abadia de Montserrat, Barcelone, Espagne
    • Galerie Lelong & Co., Paris , France
    • Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències, Valence, Espagne
    • Musée Beelden aan zee, La Haye, Pays-Bas
    • Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscou, Fédération de Russie
    • DART - Chiostro Del Bramante, Rome, Italie
    • Frieze New-York, New York, États-Unis
    • Jepson Center for the Arts, Savannah, États-Unis
    • MACBA, Barcelone, Espagne
    • Galerie Pilar Serra, Madrid, Espagne
    • Palacio de Cristal, Madrid, Espagne
    • Galerie Lelong & Co., Paris, France
  • 2018
    • Artipelag, Gustavsberg, Suède
    • Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris , France
    • The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, États-Unis
  • 2017
    • Glasstress, Venise, Italie
    • Skulpturenbiennale Blickachsen, Bad Homburg, Allemagne
    • Musée d'art moderne et contemporain de Saint-Etienne, Saint-Étienne, France
    • 2016
      • Palau de la Música, Barcelone, Espagne
      • Galerie Lelong, Paris, France
      • Pilane Heritage Museum, Klövedal , Suède
      • Tampa Museum of Art, Orlando, États-Unis
    • 2015
      • Glasstress, Venise, Italie
      • Musée d'art moderne de Céret, Céret, France
      • Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, Nashville, États-Unis
      • Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, États-Unis
      • Millennium Park, Chicago, États-Unis
    • 2014
      • Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College, Davidson, États-Unis
      • Fondation Villa Datris, L´Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France
      • Borås Konstmuseum, Borås, Suède
      • Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden, Wuppertal, Allemagne
      • Calcografía Nacional, Madrid, Espagne
      • Kunstverein Villa Wessel, Iserlohn, Allemagne
      • Eglise San Giorgio Maggiore, Venise, Italie
    • 2013
      • Galerie Lelong, New York, États-Unis
      • Musée Réattu, Arles, France
      • Skulpturenbiennale Blickachsen, Bad Hombourg, Allemagne
      • Ville de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
      • Unc Gallery, Séoul, République de Corée
      • Galerie Lelong, New York, États-Unis
      • Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Epoo, Finlande
      • Setouchi Triennale, Ogijima, Japon
      • Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti, Venise, Italie
      • Galerie Lelong, Paris, France
    • 2012
      • Water and Land - Niigata Art Festival 2015, Niigata, Japon
      • Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Autriche
      • Moderne Kunst im Dom, Bamberg, Allemagne
      • Musée de Gravelines, Gravelines, France
      • Galerie Lelong, Paris, France
      • Nesrin Esirtgen Collection, Istanbul, Turquie
      • Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP), Wakefield, Royaume-Uni
    • 2011
      • Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Royaume-Uni
      • Galerie Lelong, New York, États-Unis
      • Madison Square Park, New York, États-Unis
    • 2010
      • Galerie Alice Pauli, Lausanne, Suisse
      • Setouchi Triennale, Takamatsu, Japon
      • Musée Picasso - Château Grimaldi, Antibes, France
      • Galerie Lelong, Paris, France
      • Portland Art Museum, Portland, États-Unis
      • Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, États-Unis
      • Espacio Cultural El Tanque, Tenerife, Espagne
    • 2009
      • Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Royaume-Uni
      • Galerie Lelong, New York, États-Unis
      • Galerie Lelong, Paris, France
      • Centro de Arte Caja Burgos, Burgos, Espagne
    • 2008
      • Galerie Lelong, New York, États-Unis
      • Musee d´Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, Nice, France
      • Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valence, Espagne
    • 2007
      • Galerie Lelong, Paris, France
      • Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, États-Unis
      • National Culture Centre - House of Art, Bratislava, Slovaquie
      • Tamada Projects, Tokyo, Japon
      • Centro Cultural Fundación Círculo de Lectores, Barcelone, Espagne
      • Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid, Madrid, Espagne
    • 2006
      • Singapore Biennale, Singapour, Singapour
      • Galerie Lelong, Paris, France
      • Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern, Palma de Majorque, Espagne
      • Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró a Mallorca, Palma de Majorque, Espagne
      • CAPC - Musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux, France
      • Galerie Lelong, New York, États-Unis
    • 2005
      • CAC Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Malaga, Espagne
      • Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Allemagne
    • 2004
      • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, États-Unis
      • Fondazione Volume!, Rome, Italie
      • Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen, Caen, France
      • Contemporary Arts Center, Nouvelle-Orléans, États-Unis
      • Complesso Museale di Santa Maria della Scala, Sienne, Italie
      • Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, États-Unis
    • 2003
      • Galerie Lelong, Paris, France
      • Galerie Lelong, New York, États-Unis
      • Galerie Lelong, Zurich, Suisse
    • 2002
      • Galerie Lelong, New York, États-Unis
      • BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, Royaume-Uni
      • BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, Royaume-Uni
    • 2001
      • Mestna Galerija / City Art Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovénie
    • 2000
      • Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, Allemagne
      • Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Espagne
    • 1999
      • Kestnergesellschaft, Hanovre, Allemagne
    • 1997
      • Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Suède
      • Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
      • Fundación Joan Miró, Barcelone, Espagne
    • 1994
      • Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, Royaume-Uni
    • 1993
      • Galerie Alice Pauli, Lausanne, Suisse
      • Galerie de France, Paris, France
    • 1988
      • Musée d'Art Contemporain, Lyon, France
      • ALTANA Kulturstiftung im Sinclair-Haus, Bad Hombourg, Allemagne
      • Burger Collection, Berlin, Allemagne
      • Centre de la Gravure et de l'Image imprimée, La Louvière, Belgique
      • Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo , Badajoz, Espagne
      • Fundacio Suñol, Barcelone, Espagne
      • Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelone, Espagne
      • Museo Colecciones ICO, Madrid, Espagne
      • Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Espagne
      • Sala Municipal Robayera, Miengo, Espagne
      • Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern, Palma de Majorque, Espagne
      • DA2 - Domus Artium 2002, Salamanca, Espagne
      • Patio Herreriano - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Español, Valladolid, Espagne
      • ARTIUM - Basque Museum Center of Contemporary Art, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Espagne
      • Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, États-Unis
      • Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, États-Unis
      • Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, États-Unis
      • Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles, États-Unis
      • Runnymede Sculpture Farm, Woodside, États-Unis
      • Fondation pour L'Art Contemporain, Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon, Alex, France
      • Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen, Caen, France
      • Musée d'Art Contemporain Lyon, Lyon, France
      • Palazzo Forti - Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Vérone, Italie
      • Towada Art Center, Towada, Japon
      • Mie Prefectural Art Museum, Tsu, Japon

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