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Emilio Rodríguez Larraín: "Selection of Work Through Time"

On Thursday, July 3, 2014, is the inauguration of Emilio Rodriguez Larrain's exhibition entitled "Selection of Work Through Time" at the Lucia de la Puente Gallery at 7.30pm

This exhibition contains a valuable selection of the work of Emilio Rodríguez Larraín, including unpublished samples of his beginnings in the late 50's in France, others from the 60’s in Milan, from the 80’s in Berlin, 90’s in Miami and Lima in the late 90’s. Drawings, paintings and sculptures that hold Rodríguez Larraín, again, as one of the most important living artists in the history of plastic arts in Peru.

His early works were developed within the abstract geometry with a high conceptual value, based on maths and Renaissance proportional principles. A decade later, when the artist moved to Europe and got in contact with some surrealism figures like Dali, Man Ray and Duchamp, he was strongly influenced and assimilated the concept of "random targets", which initially was reflected mainly in dark works inhabited by organic shapes and to later expand larger polychrome compositions.

At the same time, in the 70s, Rodríguez Larraín began his work in the field of sculpture, with two types of creations, on one hand, small pieces of a mysterious and special volumetrics and on the other, large architectural sculpture projects of monumental proportions with ancient Peruvian materials such as stone and mud. It is for these ambitious projects that Emilio creates through drawing and painting, a way of blueprints and models, a series of pieces that come to a very interesting value for themselves.

For the curator Jorge Villacorta, Rodríguez Larraín “Is part of one of the most interesting generations of plastic arts in the country along with Jorge Eduardo Eielson, Jorge Piqueras Sánchez-Concha, Alberto Guzmán, Joaquín Roca Rey, Fernando de Szyszlo and Benjamín Moncloa. From this group, the majority - with the exception of Szyszlo - , lived for decades between Spain, France and Italy, and one could speak of international consistency regarding his work, both, pictorial and sculptural."

Emilio Rodríguez Larraín (Lima, 1928) He studied architecture at the Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería.

Throughout his artistic career, he has received a number of awards such as: Premio a la Ciudad de Valencia, Venezuela, 1955; Premio Internazionale, Lissone, Italia, 1963; William and Noma Copley Foundation Chicago, U.S.A. (Jurado: Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Max Ernst, Roberto Matta, Darius Milhaud, Alfred Barr, Herbert Read, Roland Penrose, Walter Hopps, William Libermann), 1965; Prix de l’Europe, Oostende, Belgium, 1973; John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, New York, U.S.A. (Jurado!: Dore Ashton, Donald Judd, Robert Motherwell, Frank Stella) 1976; Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Berliner Künstlerprogramm, Berlin, Germany, 1986; Homenaje a Pintores Peruanos. Premio a la trayectoria artística. Medalla Ignacio Merino, Municipalidad de Lima, Lima, Perú, 2005; Premio XIV Bienal de Pintura Teknoquímica, Lima, Perú, 2007.

Since his first and very successful exhibition at the Galería de Lima, Lima, 1950; he had a lot of solo shows across America and Europe, some as: Galleria Numero, Firenze, Italy, 1957; Arne B. Rasmussen Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1958; Galerie Der Spiegel, Frankfurt, Germany, 1960; Staempfli Gallery, New York, U.S.A., 1962; Obelisk Gallery, Washington D.C., U.S.A., 1963; Galerie Aujourd’hui, Bruxelles, Belgium, 1965; Galerie Arcanes, Bruxelles, Belgium, 1971; Galerie A l’Enseigne du Cerceau, Paris, France, 1975; Galería 9, Lima, Peru, 1981; Skulpturenprojekte für die Anden, Galerie im Kornerpark, Berlin, Germany, 1985; Galería Camino Brent, Lima, Perú, 1991; Muestra Antológica 1982-2002, Galería ICPNA Germán Krüger Espantoso, Lima, Perú, 2002; XIV Bienal de Pintura Teknoquímica 2006, Muestra Antológica, Galería ICPNA Germán Krüger Espantoso, Lima, Peru, 2006; Emilio Rodríguez-Larraín y el Espíritu de la Modernidad, 1950-2008, Galería de Arte del Cultural, Arequipa, Perú, 2008 y Galería Lucía de la Puente, Lima, Perú, 2010; among many others.

As a painter, Rodriguez-Larrain represented Peru in three Venice Biennials of Art (1960, 1964, 1972). He was invited to participate in the traveling exhibition "Man Ray and his friends" in Japan, 1991. He also participated in countless group exhibitions in places like: Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Dinamarca; Galerie Lucien Blanc, Paris, Institute of Design, Chicago, U.S.A., Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Herron Museum of Art, Indianapolis, U.S.A., Museum of Modern Art, New York, U.S.A., he Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C., U.S.A., Staempfli Gallery, New York, U.S.A., Museo de Arte de Lima - MALI, Lima; among others.

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