Alberto Peral (Santurce, 1966) belongs to the generation of artists who emerged in the early nineties and was a protagonist in the renewal of Spanish art at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Since his first solo exhibition at the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona in 1992 until today, he has created a journey of great conceptual consistency and a desire for formal experimentation that has led him to travel through a wide range of media, from drawing, photography or sculpture, to installation and video. With them he proposes a thrilling encounter between the poetic beauty of the most simple and essential shapes and the symbolic power they contain.
Peral incorporates into his language the most radical contributions of classical art in regards to form; he discovers formal essentialism in nature and in culture as manifestations of a cosmic order endowed with intense material sensuality with which he attracts delight and reflection.
Ovoid shapes as a rudimentary symbol, circularity, rotation, the sky-earth axis, light and colour, are fundamental elements with which Peral builds a subtle poetry of the universe and the sense of time-space that unfolds in multiple directions and increases with experience from other places, as he has done through his travels in Mexico, Brazil, Europe, India and Japan.
This exhibition starts with the filming in 16 mm of a number of repertoires by a group performing traditional dances. They are dances whose origin is uncertain even though its structure can be dated to the nineteenth century. The artist is interested in dancing as construction, where the rhythms join together into an internal structure, closed and unitary. The dances have been chosen for their circular structure. The dancers rotate and create shapes that seem like cosmic structures. In fact its initial meaning seems to be a way of communicating with the cosmos, for which reason his vision is a zenithal one. They are not dances for shows, they are for rituals; the spectator does not exist as a spectator. The result relates these forms with both molecular structures and with Baroque domes or Indian tantric diagrams. Peral presents pieces in which the dances are transformed into an expansive diagram, into a nucleus or energy point, into a mantra-yantra, where music, form and dance make up a whole, a generating principle.
22 October, 2020 - 4 April, 2021
From North to South, Rhythms
14 October, 2020 - 11 January, 2021
Sound Experimentation 1980-2020
7 October, 2020 - 26 April, 2021
Niño de Elche
Invisible Auto Sacramental: A Sonic Representation from Val del Omar
23 September, 2020 - 1 March, 2021
Art in Sound up to 1980
29 July, 2020 - 11 January, 2021
Our Memory Is Being Stolen
17 July, 2020 - 28 February, 2021
To a raven and hurricanes that from unknown places bring back smells of humans in love
18 December, 2019 - 2 November, 2020
Ignacio Gómez de Liaño
25 September 2020 – 5 February 2021
What Are We Doing Here?
Alternative Spaces in Madrid at the Turn of the CenturyMuestras documentales, Biblioteca y Centro de Documentación