Centro Federico Garcia Lorca, Granada

Centro Federico Garcia Lorca – Granada, Spain

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October 27, 2015 - January 10, 2016

This exhibition Teoria del duende is a multidisciplinary show entitled after  one of Lorca’s most celebrated lectures, Juego y teoría del duende (Play and Theory of the Duende), in which he explains how he understands art to be infused with an intrinsic sense of mystery. This ineffable quality is found not only in poetry, but also in other artistic disciplines, rendering them irreducible to simple explanation. In Lorca’s own words, all that we know about the duende is that it “sears the blood like powdered glass, exhausts, rejects all sweet learned geometry, breaks with styles and relies on human suffering without solace….”

The first part of the exhibition displays original drawings by Lorca, now belonging to his relatives or in public and private collections, as well as a set of first editions of his published works.

The second part presents works by visual artists who were Lorca’s contemporaries, including paintings by Salvador Dalí once owned by the poet, the two films on which Dalí collaborated with Luis Buñuel, and pieces by other artists that explain their context, including studies for Guernica and surrealist works by Pablo Picasso, poems and paintings by Joan Miró, and works by other artists with links to Spain: Francis Picabia, André Masson, Roberto Matta and Robert Motherwel

This exhibition will serve to introduce the city of Granada to the collection of the Fundación Federico García Lorca. It will also present major artworks by Lorca’s contemporaries, including Picasso, Dalí and Miró.

Detail of Figure in Flames  Detail of The Bather  Detail of Catalan Bread

Work(s) loaned:

Figure in Flames
The Bather
Catalan Bread