An Exhibition of Angel Orensanz at the Alexander Pushkin Museum, Moscow; and at the Russian Museum Rumyantzev Palace in St.Petersburg

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An Exhibition of Angel Orensanz at the Alexander Pushkin Museum, Moscow opens on May 2nd, 2005

“Earth, Death-Birth” deals with a central theme of Orensanz’s personal take on the perennial dichotomy and tension between man and environment. “ Earth is both a cradle and a grave, a circular flow of fear and pleasure. Man created the cities and encircled them from nature to create culture, to create himself/herself. Earth is torture and healing” stated recently Angel Orensanz in his studio in the Lower East Side, on Norfolk St. Angel

Orensanz has created and constantly is creating powerful installations in massive landscapes in the Spanish/French Pyrenees, in Northern Japan, Holland Park in London and in the coastline of California. He videotapes those installations and interactions with nature to create short productions of high caliber art videos.

“Orensanz is not an environmentalist but a poet of the earth with the passion of a Greek explorer. His paintings, drawings and sculptures unveil an earth that is gripping and dripping, soaked by turns in tears and bliss; blood and seduction, but it is never the fluffy, soft edged panoramic vision of political and advertising discourses” wrote the late French art critic Pierre Restany.

Angel Orensanz has been involved in the Russian art scene for the last fifteen years. He erected an installation (Bridges) at Red Square in 1991; he carried out performances on a Red Square snow blanketed Winter of 992 and in 2003 he was invited to participate in the White Nights Festival in front of the Hermitage Square in St. Petersburg.

The opening in Moscow of his Earth, Death/Birth will be presided by poet Andrei Andreevich Voznesensky, considered the most important living Russian poet and admirer of the work of Angel Orensanz and members of all sectors of the arts and culture community in Moscow.

A fully illustrated, 125 page catalogue about the work of Angel Orensanz, with a prologue by New York art critic Robert C. Morgan was published for the exhibition. It will be presented to the US art critics in New York on May 18, 2005 at the Angel Orensanz Center at 172 Norfolk Street.

The exhibition at the Alexander Pushkin Museum in Moscow is curated by Elena Potenima; and the show in St. Petersburg by Irina Likhomanova, with support from the director of the Peter and Paul Fortress Museum where the Rumyantsev Palace in St. Petersburg.

About the Moscow exhibition:

Big banners with the emblem of Orensanz's exhibition "Earth: Death-Birth" festoon the compound that makes the Pushkin Museum in the Arbat. Thousands of visitors stop to have a glimpse at the banners and read the basics of what promises to be a major show in town. This is the first show in a Moscow museum of the work of leading contemporary artist, Spanish born Angel Orensanz "Earth: Death-Birth". The show fills the three rooms of the exhibition hall of the Museum. It consists of a host of strongly poetic sculpture pieces that fly over the three spaces, while huge projections give context to those sculptures and arresting drawings in which Orensanz captures the drama of the art as grave and cradle of life while the sculpture and drawings static the video projections insert the visitor in location such as the banks of the River Omono in Northern Japan, the lakes of Central Park and the canals of Venice(with new videos in the MOMA's "Orensanz Porfolio" by Donna Cameron, and "Orensanz in Central Park" by Klara Palotai). This is a show worth of the imagination of the theatrical strategies of Mayakovsky or Meyerhold, the images of Kandinsky and Chagall and the power of Lissitzky.

The power of these images have already attracted the attention of Moscow, even before the opening this coming Tuesday at 6 PM.(May 3rd, 2005) The City of Moscow has granted Orensanz a special disintction for his long term contributions to the art life of the city; as well as the National Association of Russian Artists and the Puskin Museum itself. In a recent conversation, Orensanz was remembering that the first opera he saw while a teenager, at the Teatro del Liceo de Barcelona, was "Eugene Onegin". Since then he has periodically visited Russia to enjoy and contribute art.

Angel Orensanz if a well known sculptor and painter, and for the last ten years he has developed a critically appreciated body of video and film. In the show at the Puskin Museum, a collection of eight pieces from the Film and Video Library of the Museum of Modern Art in New York will be shown for the first time outside of the USA. A fully illustrated catalogue is available for visitor's of the show and the artist will answear questions from the press and the public.

The opening is this Tuesday at 6 PM at the Exhibition Hall of the Puskin Museum. There will be a press conference for the international and local press, radio and TV of Moscow in which Orensanz will be accompanied by Andrei Voznesensky and other artists.

A reception will follow. The show will close on May 30, and then will travel to the Rumyantsev Palace in St. Petersburg, under the auspices of the Russian Museum where it will be on view until the end of June.

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