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Luis Gordillo


03 FEB 2021 - 19 SEPT 2021

Floor 0 and Tower Room



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Described by Gordillo himself as one of the most ambitious exhibitions of his work, this exhibition, curated by Sema D'Acosta, brings us closer not only to the work of the Sevillian artist, but also to the reflection on his way of facing the creative act.

Curator: Sema D'Acosta

The project that Luis Gordillo (Seville, 1934) presents at the Museum of the University of Navarra is conceived as a review in which his main works of the 21st century can be contemplated in dialogue with some other emblematic pieces and series of his previous career. At the same time, in this exhibition the most outstanding lines of research of this last period are approached in depth, giving special importance to the constant feedback that exists between painting and photography, a characteristic territory of the author where the image in process defines internal configurations that build the work. Memorándum is conceived as a living space that flees from the white cube and tends towards the scenographic. Its objective is to involve the visitor, to show him the tensions and energies that Luis Gordillo's work gives off from the inside, offering a double perspective: on the one hand, a macroscopic vision of related families of paintings or recurring themes of his career; on the other hand, a close observation of the combustions, explorations and drifts that are generated in the studio.

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The long artistic career of the Sevillian Luis Gordillo (1934) shows a personal eclecticism that blends pop, informalism and geometry. Irony, the use of colour and technological research into the image and its uses reveal the dilemma between a direct and expressive work and a controlled, clean and perfectionist production. Unclassifiable and personal, his work has received important national and international awards.

Luis Gordillo was born in Seville in 1934, the second son of eight siblings. He studied law and music and later decided to become a painter. He attended the School of Fine Arts in Seville for two years. From 1958 to 1960 he lived in Paris where he studied in depth museums, cinematheque, and above all lived a climate of freedom of life and readings then difficult in Spain. When he left Paris, he went into crisis and did not paint again until 1963, returning within a pop aesthetic, with his famous series Cabezas (Heads). From 1970 onwards, after his deep crisis, he began to paint pictures full of color and with a new element, irony. In the 80's, his painting became more abstract and less colorful, but he still retains the influence that mechanical techniques such as offset, photography or more recently, the computer, have had on his work since the 70's, as part of his extensive research into the transformation of images and the media.

Velázquez Prize for the Plastic Arts 2007, National Prize for the Plastic Arts in 1981, Community of Madrid Prize for Plastic Creation and the Andalusia Prize for the Plastic Arts in 1991, CEOE Prize for the Plastic Arts in 1992, Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts in 1996, Tomás Francisco Prieto Prize from the Casa de la Moneda in 1999, City of Barcelona Prize for Plastic Arts in 2000, Aragón-Goya Prize for Painting in 2003 and Gold Medal from the Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid in 2004. In 2008 he was awarded the Order of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres de France by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.


  Memorandum - Luis Gordillo
A careful volume, essential to understand the artist's work, specifically designed to allow the reader to approach the experience of the exhibition that can be enjoyed at the Museum. 
Curator and artist in conversation:  
The exhibition in short:  

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Photographs of the exhibition

Memorandum. Luis Gordillo. Photos of works


Photographs of the room

Room photos Memorandum. Luis Gordillo



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Sema D'Acosta brings us closer to the work of Luis Gordillo



Gordillo centrifuged. Alfonso De La Torre


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