Ignacio Pinazo and Avant-gardes

Elective affinities


The IVAM has scheduled one of the most special exhibitions to mark Ignacio Pinazo Carmarlench’s (1849-1916) centenary death, as homage to one of its most brilliant artists. If Pinazo did not enjoy more projection, it was not by his work relevance, which everyone recognized in his time, but by his isolation from the official institutions in order to transform Valencia into its creation axis.

Pinazo’s work is widely represented in the IVAM’s Collection since its creation, and is, in fact, one of its foundations. Despite the artist significance, his works and presence have not always been understood and shared in a contemporary art museum’s permanent collection, with Julio González or other international avant-gardes representatives.

This exhibition breaks radically with those doubts, posing a new reading that notes the latent modernity signs in the paintings and drawings by Pinazo. The exhibition highlights a number of formal affinities and parallels with artists such as Julio González, Saura, Barceló, Bores, Cossío…, setting out new readings and stories that give value to IVAM’s Collection funds.

This exhibition reveals Pinazo’s potential and intuition, his capacity for abstraction and creative impulse, gestural expressive value and material element importance in many of his works, which fragments and details appear action painting premonitions.