Julio Le Parc. Un visionario
Julio Le Parc
18.07.19 | 10.11.19

In the framework of a far-reaching tribute to Julio Le Parc (Mendoza, 1928) during the year of his ninetieth birthday, the CCK is holding the largest retrospective of the artist ever. Curated by Gabriela Urtiaga, the director of the CCK’s Visual Arts Department, and under the art direction of one of the artist’s children, Yamil Le Parc, the show brings together one hundred and sixty works both historic and recent, from pieces produced in 1958 before he moved to Paris to the freshest fruits of sixty years of research into light, painting, sculpture, and participatory experiences. The formats are no less wide ranging, from gouaches and acrylics on canvas to light sculptures, large mobile installations, a “playroom,” and a space with a virtual-reality installation. The works were sent to Buenos Aires from France, where most of them were envisioned and produced. Many of the works have been exhibited at museums in Paris, London, Miami, Rio de Janeiro, and New York.

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Julio Le Parc. Un visionario, 2019, exhibition view at La Gran Lámpara (The Great Lamp), CCK. Ph: Federico Kaplun. Courtesy of CCK

The exhibition occupies a total of three thousand square meters in a number of CCK’s galleries. On the sixth floor is a selection of works from his “Modulaciones” (Modulation) series. The waves and color variations in these spray-paint pieces from the seventies explore movement on the surface of the paintings; in an adjacent gallery are the sketches and studies on paper for these works. Another gallery with walls painted black houses models of his “Esculturas en torsión” (Twisted Sculptures) and “Relieves” (Reliefs), works that look to the mathematical principle of progression to create modulated surfaces. The show continues with the artist’s spectacular machine-kinetic works: engine-powered ribbons and squares in metal and plexiglas that experiment with reflections, shadows, and forms that shift and return to their original place. Also included in the show is the large light installation La Gran Lámpara (The Great Lamp). The deck of the Symphonic Hall on the fourth floor has been turned into a large “playroom” where the public can engage with interactive works. Finally, in the CCK’s basement, the series “La Tortura” (Torture) is on exhibit in Argentina for the first time. Its seven large canvases were created in 1972 by the Grupo Denuncia (Uruguayan José Gamarra, Brazilian Gontran Guanaes Netto, Spanish-born Argentine Alejandro Marcos, and Le Parc himself), a collective that defended human rights in Latin America.

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Julio Le Parc. Un visionario, 2019, exhibition view, CCK. Ph: Laura Szenkierman. Courtesy of CCK

As part of the tribute, Julio Le Parc. Transición Buenos Aires-París (1955-1960) will open at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA) on August 13. That show will feature one hundred additional works, all of them from early in Le Parc’s career: drawings he made as a student in 1954 and soon after arriving to Paris in 1958, as well as early light boxes. On August 22, the Centro de Experimentación del Teatro Colón (CETC) will install one of Le Parc’s large fluorescent mobiles. Also in August, the artist will project kinetic and optical works on the Buenos Aires Obelisk as compositions by Astor Piazzolla are played. The tribute will culminate with a public conversation between Le Parc and musician Daniel Barenboim on the question of artistic creation.

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Julio Le Parc.Cilindro único de luz continua, (One Cylinder of Continuous Light), 1962-2012. Ph: Courtesy of Atelier Julio Le Parc

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