Opening:27 Feb, 2019
Professional visitors:27 Feb, 2019
Opening to public:1 Mar, 2019
After more than 40 years hidden in his studio, MIRALDA brings out for the first time a group photographs of the famous series Soldats Soldés. This composition, all vintage copies, were taken by Miralda in Paris revealed in black and white between the years 1965 and 1970.
The series commonly know as Soldiers, is probably, the one who helped the most to get know to Miralda in the international scene, the toy soldier, accumulated over collages or inserted in found elements such as furniture, sculptures or public monuments, constitutes the first approximation to the ideas of seriality and files. This series is being widely exhibited on museums and institutions and is part of important collections such as ARTIUM, Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Ministère de la Culture et de la Francophonie, París – Armario, Colección Sylvio Perlstein, Amberes Armoire de Toilette, Colección Musée Cantini, Marsella, Fundación La Caixa, Barcelona, IVAM, Valencia, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid y MACBA Barcelona.
Together with Galeria Senda, Miralda has decided to celebrate the recent award Velázquez de Artes Plásticas 2018 through this individual presentation in Arco hat forms an anti-war plea and documents critical actions with the political situations of that time.
In the main session (booth 9F08) we will be presenting new pieces by our artists AES+F, Stephan Balkenhol, José Pedro Croft, Peter Halley, Ola Kolehmainen, Miralda, Túlio Pinto, Jaume Plensa, Aitor Ortiz and Glenda León.
This set of works which included hundreds of white soldiers joined together, made in different supports and exhibited in very different places, were, during the first years of Miralda’s path, a kind of visual badge about his work. Despite the variety of supports and places all the projects started from a same biographical situation, that one lived by the artist himself between 1962 and 1966, a period in which he was doing the Spanish military service and he could prove first- hand, how suffocating and endogamic was the atmosphere of the military world. Pacifist plea, personal exorcism, parody of mythologies about violence and patriotism archetypes, Soldats- Soldés is an obsessive variation of an identical image, repeated to the paroxysm, and in a certain way, turned off from its original meaning. The toy soldier, accumulated on collages, decorating a daily object, inserted into found objects (fabrics, furniture, sculpture replicas…), or into public monuments (Duomo di Milano and Place de la Republique) constituted a first approach to the ideas of seriality, accumulation and files, characteristics of later works like Santa Comida (1984-89), Honeymoon Project (1986-92) or Food Pavilion (Hanover, 2000).