July 17, 2017

Blog: Watch Artist Jaume Plensa Discuss "Looking Into My Dreams, Awilda"

In celebration of welcoming his gigantic sculpture Looking Into My DreamsAwilda to its new home in Museum Park, Pérez Art Museum Miami hosted a talk by world-renowned artist Jaume Plensa.

Monumentalizing everyday individuals, as well as youth and femininity, Awilda presents the artist’s large-scale portrait of a young girl from his native Barcelona. The piece was initially shown in Rio de Janeiro by the sea, where it took on additional references, particularly Plensa’s interest in the Yoruba female deity of the sea, Lemanjá. The piece then traveled to Millennium Park in Chicago, where it became a popular icon for the city. Awilda’s new home in Miami returns her to a seaside location, as her serene face, with closed eyes, is positioned in front of the Port of Miami.

Jaume Plensa was born in 1955 in Barcelona, where he studied at the Llotja School of Art and Design and at the Sant Jordi School of Fine Art. Since 1980, the year of his first exhibition in Barcelona, he has lived and worked in Berlin, Brussels, England, France and the United States, as well as the Catalan capital.

He has been a teacher at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and regularly cooperates with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as a guest professor. He has also given many lectures and courses at other universities, museums and cultural institutions around the world.

Plensa regularly shows his work at galleries and museums in Europe, the United States and Asia. The landmark exhibitions in his career include one organised at the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona in 1996, which travelled to the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume in Paris and the Malmö Konsthall in Malmö (Sweden) the following year. In Germany, several museums have staged exhibitions of his work. These include Love Sounds at the Kestner Gesellschaft in Hannover in 1999 and the recent The Secret Heart, which was shown at three museums in the city of Augsburg in 2014. During 2015 and 2016 the exhibition Human Landscape has travelled by several North American museums: Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art and Frist Center of the Visual Arts in Nashville, TN, the Tampa Museum of Art in Tampa FL and the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, OH.

A very significant part of Plensa’s work is in the field of sculpture in the public space. Installed in cities in Spain, France, Japan, England, Korea, Germany, Canada, USA, these pieces have won many prizes and citations, including the Mash Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture, which the artist received in London in 2009 for his work Dream.