Jaume Plensa


By Pervaleo at 02/23/2018



Jaume Plensa was born in Barcelona in 1955. One of the world's foremost sculptors working in the public space, with over 30 projects spanning the globe in such cities as Chicago, Dubai, London, Liverpool, Nice, Tokyo and Vancouver. Also, teaching at the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris, giving lectures at a wide array of universities and art institutions.

His sculptural work portrays humanity, body and soul, in mostly figurative expressions. Even when the body is physically absent, it is implied; by empty houses or cells waiting to be occupied, or text required to be read.

The interaction between the work, the viewers and the city is what gives life to the Spanish artist’s sculptures.  Most of Plensa’s busts have their eyes closed, hinting their connection to their inner self. Still, in spite of their retreat, the exterior space animates them by projecting something natural through their ethereal structures, and once again, the artist manages to connect  opposites.

By combining conventional sculptural materials (glass, steel, bronze, aluminum) with more unconventional media (water, light, sound, video), and frequently incorporating text, Plensa creates hybrid works of intricate energy and psychology.

A significant part of Plensa´s production is set in the context of permanent public sculpture. “The Crown Fountain” in Chicago´s Millennium Park is one of his most well known works. In 2005 he finished “Breathing”, which was installed in the new BBC building in London, and in 2007 he made an impressive public project for the Place Masséna in Nice. The huge woman’s head, “Dream”, for St Helens in Liverpool was inaugurated in 2009.

Plensa´s work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums in Europe, USA and Japan; Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona, Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume in Paris, Henry Moore Sculpture Trust in Halifax, Malmö Konsthall, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig in Vienna, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, BALTIC The Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, Musée des Beaux-Arts in Caen, The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Picasso Museum in Antibes, Galerie Lelong in Paris and New York, and The Yorkshire Sculpture Park to mention a few.

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