The former Ballroom of the Parque Florido Palace, now the Museo Lázaro Galdiano, will host the monumental work La mujer de Lot (Lot’s wife), the centrepiece of the exhibition, a 6-metre-high sculpture of rock salt inspired by the nostalgic look at the past that leads to death.
In the Architects’ Chapel, designed by Ventura Rodríguez, the installation A beating heart will be presented, created specifically for this space, with photographic prints up to 9 metres high taken from his books Révélations -based on the iconography of the Parisian psychiatric hospital de la Salpêtrière-, and Aurelia Immortal, the jellyfish capable of being reborn after her own death.
The exhibition, which will be on display in almost all the rooms of the Lázaro Galdiano Museum, will be inaugurated on 5 February and can be visited from 6 February to 4 May at the Museum. The opening in the Architects’ Chapel will be on 13 February and will remain open to the public until 4 May.
The exhibition will have the collaboration of the editor Gonzalo Golpe, for the exhibition of the author’s books, and the photographer Lupe de la Vallina, with the photographs of the installation Armed Women, in the Portico Room.
Various related activities will accompany this exhibition, such as the presentation of the new book by Javier Viver Cristos y Anticristos on the Spanish Civil War; a carefully prepared catalogue of the exhibition; the IV Symposium on Transcendence and Spirituality in Contemporary Art, which will be held at the Francisco de Vitoria University on the occasion of the exhibition; a cycle of immersive music entitled Cum grano salis and guided tours.
Javier Viver proposes a reinterpretation of the Lázaro Galdiano Museum with human passions as the guiding thread, relating photographs of the Parisian psychiatric hospital of the Salpêtrière with the works of the Lázaro Collection. The main piece is La mujer de Lot (Lot’s wife), a monumental sculpture consolidated with salt, which reminds us of the biblical character of Edit, who was converted into a statue of salt by looking back. Viver questions the nostalgic look at the past and, as a consequence, death: “The refuge in the securities of the past as an escape from the contemporary task leads to death”.
The Museum of Passions will have as its main headquarters the Lázaro Galdiano Museum where it will be inaugurated on 5 February and will be open to the public until 4 May. The exhibition continues in the Architects’ Chapel of the Church of San Sebastián, an architectural jewel by Ventura Rodríguez, which will be inaugurated on 13 February and can be visited until 4 May where Javier Viver will carry out a site-specific installation entitled A beating heart.
Most of the photographs that will be shown at the Lázaro Galdiano Museum are part of the photobook ‘Révélations National Prize to the best art book in 2015’ that includes the iconography of the Parisian psychiatric hospital of the Salpètrière. The photographs will be shown printed on large canvases or showing the same sheets of the book.
Also on display will be some images from his new project, the photobook Christs and Antichrists co-published with RM an intervention on a Gospel of Saint Matthew from 1930, illustrated with images from the Spanish Civil War, which will be presented during the exhibition. Together with these photographs, the Madrid artist includes in the exhibition sculptures of human figures from his imaginary production that will be in dialogue with the works in the Museum.
The intervention A beating heart by Javier Viver in the Chapel of the Architects consists of seven murals, some up to 9 metres high, located in the front and side spaces of the chapel, and a life-size sculpture of Lot’s wife, under the central axis of the dome.
The programme is completed by the cycle of contemporary music entitled Cum grano salis in the Chapel of the Architects; the IV Symposium on Transcendence and Spirituality in Contemporary Art, at the Francisco de Vitoria University; guided visits to the two venues of the exhibition by the volunteer students of this University and the presentation of the Museum Catalogue of Passions and the book Christs and Antichrists.