Marta Minujín, the Mad Genius.

Since I first open my blog, I wanted to write about this remarkable woman, but it took me time to finally put in place a full article. Her trajectory is so vast and she has so much art to share that it’s almost impossible to put it in just one post.

Marta Minujín, was born in the Bohemian neighbourhood of San Telmo in 1943. She is one of the most popular and recognised contemporary Argentinean Artists.  Marta is different. Describing her style is hard, as she evolves constantly. But there is one thing for sure, she is an avant-garde ‘outside the box’ artist. She is best known for producing conceptual and participatory events, or “Happenings”, but she has touched all artistic branches along her career and is well known for her belief that “everything is art.”

She had the opportunity to live and exhibit in different Cities around the world. In the early sixties she went to Paris and is during this period that she developed a ‘Destruction’ Facet. Her time in the French Capital City inspired her to create “livable sculptures,” notably La Destrucción, in which she assembled mattresses, only to invite other artists to destroy the display. This creation was the first of her “Happenings”.

A golden era began for Marta back in Buenos Aires, several exhibitions & Installations, mainly influenced by pop art. These works earned her a Guggenheim Fellowship and she relocated to New York in 1966, just in time to escape the Argentinean art censorship times.

Marta began a psychedelic art époque in New York and developed a close friendship with the one and only Andy Warhol.  One of her best-known works from those years, Minuphone (1967), invited viewers to enter a telephone booth, dial a number, and watch as sounds and colors projected from the glass panels, while a television screen on the floor displayed the caller’s face.

Following the return of democracy to Argentina in the eighties, Marta created a monument to freedom of expression, The Parthenon of Books (1983), in which a structure built of newly 30,000 unbanned books was erected in the middle of a Buenos Aires thoroughfare.

I always admired her work, but a couple of years ago I had the opportunity to see her exhibition: Retrospectiva sobre Marta Minujín “Revuélquese y viva (1964-1985)” at the MALBA and I fall in love with this Eccentric and hyperactive woman, with her different perception of art, her personality, her uniqueness. I think everybody should know of Marta Minujín, the woman who believes that “Great works are created by mad geniuses” (“Las grandes obras las crean los genios locos”).

Marta continues to display her art pieces and happenings in the MALBA, the National Fine Arts Museum, ArteBA contemporary art festival and a vast number of other international galleries and art shows, while continuing to convert everything into Art.

If you want to know more of this great artist visit her webpage www.marta-minujin.com

 

 

Travelling with the Lens to England

Describing London it’s just too difficult. Only by visiting England’s capital city you might be able to understand how cool it is. Is the place where modern and traditional blend perfectlly together.

I found this phrase which I think pretty much describes what I think of it: “Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” ― Samuel Johnson, The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D. Vol 3

These is my collection of shots from London 2014/15/16 plus a Bonus Track of some Oxford pictures. Enjoy!

Photos by Luli Marin and Gonzalozawa

Visit also: Street Art around the World and Travelling with the Lense

This is my #Audrey Hepburn (@audrey1org)

This is my Audrey Hepburn (@audrey1org)

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”
Audrey Hepburn

I think I don’t need to explain why I decided to do a portrait of Audrey. She is a goddess and this is my way to express it. Technique: Acrylic on paper

Know more about this Extraordinary Woman: http://www.audrey1.org (@audrey1org)