We walk to discover, both ourselves and other people, and we also walk to create. The exhibition Creative Paths explores the link between movement and art and looks in depth at how travelling on foot is a determining factor in the creative process. In the final stretch of the 21-22 Jacobean Year, Creative Paths is the great international exhibition with which the Galician government will say farewell to this event until its next edition.
Curated by the Galician Monserrat Pis Marcos, a conservator at the Holburne Museum in Bath, the exhibition has a particularly international dimension as it displays more than a hundred works from the 18th century to the present day from some thirty museums and collections in eight European countries. The exhibition presents works by great masters of painting like J. M. W. Turner, John Constable, Gustave Courbet, Camille Corot, Théodore Rousseau, Carlos de Haes or Joaquín Sorolla, making this one of the few opportunities to see works by great English landscape artists in Galicia.
Creative Paths also presents an outstanding selection of contemporary makers, with names such as David Hockney, one of 20th century art’s most influential living painters, Jeppe Hein, a Danish artist known for his playfull installations, Cristina Iglesias, one of the present-day Spanish artists best known internationally and the winner of a Royal Academy architecture award, Jesús Rafael Soto, a great figure in 20th century Latin American art who has works in collections such as MoMA, and Julian Opie, one of the artists most featured in the international media in recent decades, who has worked with U2 and Blur.
An exhibition to wander and play
Interaction and dialogue with the public is one of the bases of Creative Paths and there are many works that require the participation of visitors as they require surprise, reaction or human movement to complete the very process of creation. Some of these installations stand out for their size, their innovative perspective or surprising execution and we can find here works that move by themselves across the room and anothers which must be walked through to experience them.
An app that generates tunes based on the movement and changes of the tides by the British artist Victoria Evans, paintings by Irene Grau, using pigments with ashes from wildfires, visual installations by creators like Elia Torrecilla, Clara Montoya and Honi Ryan are only some of the examples from this exhibition that will surprise visitors.
Prestigious museums and collections
To make this exhibition a reality, partnerships were forged with some thirty prestigious museums and private collections – twelve of them abroad – in eight countries: the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, Italy, France and Spain. Because of these alliances, until April, the Gaiás Museum will host works belonging to institutions like the Galería Uffizi (Palazzo Pitti) in Florence, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary in Vienna, LIMA in Amsterdam, and Kunsten Museum of Modern Art in Aalborg (Denmark), Fabre Museum in Montpellier, Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía, and The Courtauld Gallery, Holburne Museum and British Library in England, among others.
Walking to discover
Creative Paths is divided into four sections. These connect the pieces to establish dialogues between them and the audience. Each section is colour-coded, and these colours are reflected on the object labels.
- Moving to create.
- Creative walks.
- Art on the move.
- Moving the audience.
Wandering through the exhibition is an invitation to play, to discover and to walk through it as modern-day flâneurs. There are no gallery floorplans. Getting lost is permitted.
Curator: Monserrat Pis Marcos
Monserrat Pis Marcos (Santiago de Compostela, 1983)is an art historian, a museum professional and an exhibition curator. With an MA in Curating the Art Museum from the Courtauld Institute of Art (London) and a Masters in Cultural Asset Management (Palazzo Spinelli, Istituto per l´arte e il restauro, Florence), her career spans more than a decade in the service of national and international museum and cultural institutions.
She is currently Curator at The Holburne Museum, Bath (UK), and previously held the same position at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich (UK), between 2016 and 2020.