06 / 30 / 2011
Juan Navarro Baldeweg at Oteiza Museum

“Heavy or Light” exhibition offers “The Table”, one of the artist’s most important sculptures.

Exhibition Grávido o liviano [Heavy or Light]. Juan Navarro Baldeweg

Curated and produced by: Museo Oteiza

30 June – 11 September 2011

With the collaboration of the Pamplona Community Association of Municipalities, the Navarra Delegation of the Basque and Navarra Architects’ Association, the Navarra Technical Engineering School and Estudio 10

Throughout Juan Navarro Baldeweg’s career, he has developed the relationship between art and architecture, creating a territory with few boundaries. One of the finest examples of this preoccupation with experimentation beyond the bounds of architecture can be seen in La Mesa [The Table] (1973-2006). The project consists of a large stage on which he has arranged a set of pieces, in which balance, gravity and structural stress combine to create a single work of art. The full piece is currently on display at the Museo Oteiza, as part of the Encuentros exhibition programme.

“La Mesa”, owned by the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid) is a group of 31 sculptural pieces, arranged in a single structure measuring 130 x 220 x 950 cm. Like a laboratory, the piece has a continuum in which structural and formal combinations multiply on the wide surface of the table to create dynamic spaces laden with meaning.

The fact that it is impossible to take in the entire set in one look encourages visitors to create their own routes around the piece, which stands at the limit of the gravitational forces of a sculpture that questions its own materiality.

Together with La Mesa, the museum is also exhibiting a set of 160 drawings, showing the stage on which the preliminary ideas were developed, onto which the artist projected his preliminary sketches. The drawings are on display for the first time in their original notebooks. As part of the project, a book has been published under the same title. It provides a graphic record of Navarro Baldeweg’s project and an analysis by Gillermo Zuaznabar, lecturer at the School of Architecture of Reus-Universidad Rovira i Virgili.

Juan Navarro Baldeweg (Santander, 1939) throughout his career has combined architecture, sculpture and painting. He has designed numerous interventions, including the Altamira Museum and the Museum of Human Evolution in Burgos. He has received numerous awards including the National Prize for the Visual Arts (1990), the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts (2007) and the Gold Medal of Spanish Architecture 2008.