Miguel Ángel Campano

5 November, 2019 - 20 April, 2020 /
Sabatini Building, Floor 3
Miguel Ángel Campano. Untitled 4, 1991. Oil on canvas, 195 x 168 cm. “La Caixa” Collection, Contemporary Art
Miguel Ángel Campano. Untitled 4, 1991. Oil on canvas, 195 x 168 cm. “La Caixa” Collection, Contemporary Art

The Museo Reina Sofía stages a retrospective survey of the work of artist Miguel Ángel Campano (Madrid, 1948 – Cercedilla, Madrid, 2018) by way of a selection in excess of one hundred works made in a period stretching from 1972 to 2007. The show, the last exhibition project in which the artist directly took part, renders an account of the constants in a career shaped by emotional impetus and an analytical, learned and referential approach to painting.

The survey starts with works from the 1970s, for the most part exercises in geometric abstraction tracing the lines of the Cuenca Group. By the early 1980s, the artist was working large scale on series such as Vocales, in which, with references to literature and well-defined gestures, he considered the problem concerning the limits between the abstract and the figurative. Almost at the same time, Campano became interested in pictorial tradition in its different forms: from thematically revisiting Eugène Delacroix, Paul Cézanne and Nicolas Poussin to exploring in greater depth the genres of still-life and landscape, in addition to using, upon re-reading a sole image, the array of avant-garde styles, instanced in the series Ruth y Booz (1988-1992).

Along the breadth of the 1990s, Campano’s work underwent different processes of dispossession: the references to tradition were pared back, black and white replaced colour, geometry was, chiefly, harsh and absolute, although halfway through the decade organic and fertile forms would appear on canvases that have even been associated with musical compositions and repetitive payer-like structures.

As 2000 drew closer, Miguel Ángel Campano once again took up colour and at times worked on lungi Indian fabric, marking the start of an interest in recurring crisscrossed patterns, which, for this ensemble, started with the grid on the support. This would later make up his investigation into colour arranged and woven on a larger scale. Rich colours, this time expressionist, appear in other series from that decade – for instance the homage to José Guerrero – and are also reflected in this retrospective.     


Exhibition´s details

Organized by: 
Museo Reina Sofía
Manuel Borja-Villel