Jaume Plensa (E) is presenting his most recent sculpture WE from the 7th of January to the 30th of June at the nám. Jana Palacha across the Rudolfinum.
WE, is a white coated sculpture of 5 meters height and amounting to 2700 kg of weight, which has been constructed out of stainless steel and carved by laser light. The sculpture is formed to represent a seated man with an opened front. With his most recent artwork Plensa is firstly presenting a sculpture, which incorporates characters from various cultural backgrounds: Latin, Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, Hindi, Greek, Chinese and Japanese. It is the intention of Jaume Plensas to set a sign for the hope for freedom and understanding among the different peoples of the world.
With sculptures of that kind Plensa is honouring the human body as the highest form of architectural art and portraying it as a protecting canvas of our soul, dreams and desires. In his work he is often unifying writing with transparent materials and light as well as acoustic elements.
Plensa, born in 1955, lives in Barcelona. He is one of the most honoured contemporary Spanish artists. In 1997 he achieved his international break through with great exhibitions and highly esteemed public projects such as his spectacular work Crown Foundation (2004) for the Millennium Park in Chicago.
Exhibitions (selected projects): 2008 "Jaume Plensa" Frederik Meijer Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan; "Save our Souls," Albion Gallery, London. 2007 "Jaume Plensa," Musée d'Art Contemporain, Nice; "Jaume Plensa," Institut Valencia d'Art Modern, Valencia; "Nomade," Musée Picasso, Antibes; "Barcelona 1947-2007," Foundation Marguerite et Aimé Maeght, Saint Paul de Vence; "Silent Voices," Museum at Tamada Projects, Tokyo.