Installation views of León Ferrari’s exhibition “The Kind Cruelty” in the Sabatini Building of the Reina Sofía Museum - on view until April 12, 2021.
“The Kind Cruelty invites the visitor to understand León Ferrari’s oeuvre as “a deconstruction of the pedagogies of violence propagated by the bellicose and religious array of Western history”, in the words of the curators. Ferrari’s legacy makes up a broad repertoire of works that explore a display of materials and languages to examine irreverent forms of assembling and dismantling visual and discursive power rhetoric, be it political, religious or in the media.
The artist’s work, moreover, shuns traditional art-world categories; hence one of the main strands of the show evincing how the work León Ferrari produced in the 1960s — his initial drawings, collages and watercolors, wire sculptures and his engagement with writing and poetry — reveals an early area of exploration in which formal experimentation, poetics, concepts and politics combine. Thus, the exhibition surveys a dismantling of the binary distinction between an abstract phase and political phase in Ferrari’s work, with the two poles actively and singularly present through his career.“ -museoreinasofia.es
Photos: Joaquín Cortés / Román Lores. Archive of Museo Reina Sofía.
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