Exploring Abstract Territories

Jose ManuelThe exhibition was officially opened on the 17th of May by the Ambassador of Spain, H.E. Felipe de la Morena, with the presence of the artist.

José Manuel Ciria is one of the most stunning artists in the contemporary art scene. His first solo exhibition at the Ferriére Gallery in Paris in 1984 was the first of many others which have lead Ciria to a wide international recognition through many awards and solo exhibitions.

For this his first exhibition in Malta, José Manuel Ciria is featuring some of his most interesting paintings, presenting three different phases of his work: Masks of Glance, La Guardia Place and Abstract Memory. But this exhibition is above all an invitation to explore new territories of creativity with an original visual and conceptual language beyond abstraction.

José Manuel Ciria’s Exhibition in Malta takes place at a moment when the Museum of Modern Art of New York is preparing the world premiere of a film dedicated to the Spanish artist, “Ciria pronounced Thiria”.

José Manuel Ciria (Manchester, 1960) is one of the most outstanding artists of his generation and a key figure in the heterogeneous panorama of Spanish painting of the last three decades. Since 1984 when he had his first solo show at the Ferrière gallery in Paris, Ciria has developed a broad career and has been honored with numerous awards and exhibitions. In recent years, he has gained wide international recognition through solo exhibitions in the Herzliya Contemporary Art Museum in Tel Aviv, Israel (2002), the Tretyakov State Gallery in Moscow, Russia (2004), the Polish National Museum of Poland, Warsaw (2004), the Museo de Arte Abstracto Manuel Felguérez in Zacatecas Mexico (2005), the PasquArt Kunsthalle Art Center Museum in Bern, Switzerland (2005), the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Ateneo de Yucatán in Mérida, Mexico (2006), the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Buenos Aires, Argentina (2007), the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago de Chile (2009) and the Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno (IVAM) (2010), among many other museum venues.

The exhibition will be opened to the public from 17th May to the 30th June.

Monique Chambers

Monique started indulge in 2011 and has since created Indulge Me GIFT and Indulge Me FOOD and volume 1 of The Artists Directory - Malta. A marketing professional by trade, Monique's passion is to promote local talent and Malta in general. Free time is her biggest indulgence, when she can tinker in her craft room or the kitchen, or be selfish with a book, the sofa and good glass of wine (of course, wearing something beautiful and with freshly coiffed hair!)

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