Es Baluard Museu d’Art Contemporani de Palma presents “Jorge Eduardo Eielson. The Vertical Knot”, first exhibition in Europe and co-produced with the TEA of Tenerife opened to the public on 27 October.
“The Vertical Knot” by Jorge Eduardo Eielson (Lima, 1924 – Milan, Italy, 2006) provides an opportunity to examine his artistic production from the late 1950s to his latest works. Eielson is one of the most important creators of the second half of the 20th century, with a career in which art and literature converge. In fact, one of his main features is a conception of language from a conceptual point of view. A language that is structured on the basis of Quipus. Quipus are a kind of knot typical of Andean culture, which had been used as a narrative and accounting system. Eielson questions the world we live in through a synthesis of graphic elements and cultural references. The exhibition recovers unpublished pieces and materials and presents, for the first time, some of his most important installations.
Curated by Imma Prieto, this retrospective project, a first in Europe, explores the artist’s relationship with literature, especially with poetry and the plastic arts, incorporating a dialogue between pre-Columbian culture and Mediterranean mythology. The project conveys memory, writing and space, understood in relation to the idea of infinity.
Imma Prieto, director of Es Baluard Museu and curator of the Jorge Eduardo Eielson exhibition, explains that “for the first time, many key pieces from his career are on display, works from private collections from all over Europe, as well as previously unknown materials from the Eielson Study Centre, located in Florence.
The exhibition allows us to trace certain passages of his life, characterised by self-exile, in relation to his artistic and poetic creation. Eielson establishes a link between the world we know and that unknown universe, a universe that still hides hidden knowledge which, as he will emphasise, is infinite. The astral world will be understood as a space in which to recognise equality for people, even though it is still a distant stage close to utopia”.
The exhibition “Jorge Eduardo Eielson. The Vertical Knot” can be visited at the Museum’s Exhibition Hall A from 28 October until 2 April 2023 and is a co-production with the TEA Museum in Tenerife.