The look and the object

At the same time as the exhibition “Reproducibilitat 1.2. Fundación Aena + Es Baluard”, Chema Madoz gives a master class entitled “The look and the Object”.

This master class is designed as an intensive session structured in two distinct but interrelated segments that deepen the work of artists that focused their interest in the object from opposing perspectives and methodologies. A second part will be carried out in which an approach to the author look will be make and how has it changed since in the mid-eighties he/she began photographing his/her immediate environment.

This artist’s interest is to photograph what he see but to create the objects he will to photograph, mentally preconceived images. He generates unusual images in which everyday objects are modified, giving them a poetic sense, creating a dialectic between the real and the virtual.

“Es Baluard Image Research” is a regular program of the museum as a training school that combines its master classes, seminars and artistic mission. While researching, creating and questioning what are now the image, photo and frame.

Madrid, 1958

Lives and works in Madrid. He developed his training in Art History at the Universidad Complutense (1980-1983) at the same time he was studying photography in the Centro de Enseñanza de la Imagen. In 1985 he gave his first individual exhibition at the Real Sociedad Fotográfica, although in the early 1990s, when Chema Madoz suffered a creative crisis, changed the concept of his photographs. Then he uses surrealism and the conceptual as a reference, and is no longer interested in taking photos of what he can see, neither in the implication of chance in his work, but using defined mental images he creates the objects he wishes to photograph. By modifying the simple everyday elements, he bestows a poetical sense on it, similar to the process of Joan Brossa with his object-poems, thus creating unusual images with the force that characterizes his creations.

In the intense artistic career Chema Madoz develops, he has given a large number of exhibitions. Particularly noteworthy was the one held in the year 2000 in the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, the first retrospective this museum’s dedicated to a living Spanish photographer. Other important exhibitions include those held in the Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid (1988), Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela (1998), Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas (2001), Museo de Artes Visuales, Santiago de Chile (2006), Fundación Telefónica / Ministerio de Cultura, Madrid (2006), Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark (2007), Instituto Cervantes in Tokyo (2009), Museo Nacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Santiago de Chile (2011), Casal Solleric de Palma de Mallorca (2013) and La Pedrera, Barcelona (2013).

As well as the Premio Nacional de Fotografía (2000) awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Culture, Madoz has won the Premio Kodak España(1991), Premio Photo España (2000), and the Higashikawa Prize, Japan, in the Overseas Photographer Award section (2000), amongst others. His work is present in important public and private collections such as the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Colección Fundación Coca-Cola, Col·lecció Testimoni “la Caixa”, Barcelona, Fundación Juan March, Madrid, Marugame Hirai Museum of Art, Kagawa-ken, Japan, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Valencia, Fonds national d’art contemporain de l’État, France, Colección Aena de Arte Contemporáneo and Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma.

  • January 23, 2015 from 5 to 8 pm.
  • Rate: 30 € (10% off for Amics d’Es Baluard).
  • Limited seating.
  • Information and enrolment:

To enrol this workshop is required to fill in the enrolment card (download). Aplications will be processed in strict order of receipt.

The 30 euros rate (10% off for Amics d’Es Baluard) should be placed on the account of “LA CAIXA” ES872100 0011 85 0201683680.

The bank receipt (indicating the participant’s and workshop name) and and the enrolment card must be sent by fax (971908203) or by emailing The payment can be also done at the museum ticket office.

Enrolment to the course WON’T be effective until the reception of the bank receipt. The deadline to formalise the registration is December 23, 2014.

23rd January 2015 → 23rd January 2015

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