Thursday, 02 June 2022 11:46

Reina Sofía Museum and Artium Museoa collaborate in the project 'Néstor Sanmiguel Diest. La peripecia del autómata', as their firts join exhibition opens today at Madrid's Palacio de Velázquez

This is a unique curatorial project spread over two shows, one at MNCARS and the other to open on 24 June at Artium, the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Basque Country.

The exhibitions provide the chance to explore the artistic production of Néstor Sanmiguel Diest from the late 1980s to the present day.

The Reina Sofía Museum presents the exhibition Néstor San Miguel Diest. La peripecia del autómata, an exhibition that forms part of a unique curatorial project curated by Beatriz Herráez, which is divided into two exhibitions under the same title, one at MNCARS and the other to open on Friday 24 June at Artium Museum of Contemporary Art of the Basque Country. Together, both exhibitions provide the chance to explore his artistic production from the late 1980s to the present day.

This exhibition dedicated to the work of Néstor Sanmiguel Diest (Zaragoza, 1949) covers his production from the late 1980s to the present day. Far from being organized along the lines of an ordinary retrospective, it shows series of works executed at different moments of his career, forming an itinerary that draws us into the practice of this self-described “studio artist”.

From the first years of his activity in connection with the foundation of artistic collectives like A Ua Crag (1985-1996) and Segundo Partido de la Montaña (1987- 1988), Sanmiguel Diest has proved a methodical and prolific artist who uninterruptedly devises systems, rules, and protocols that he applies to the construction of his pieces. His enormous oeuvre, made up mainly of drawings and paintings, forms a singular catalogue that blurs the limits between image and text, like a palimpsest which simultaneously conceals and reveals a succession of narratives that engage with the viewer.

Remote from any convention, his work falls into a field that includes frequent references to the history of art, literature, and music, as well as the ordinary and the everyday, through the incorporation in his pieces of documents, invoices, fragments of texts, notes, or pages from newspapers. As others had done before him, Sanmiguel Diest operates like a robber of quotations who mechanically reproduces what is written and opposes it to the discipline of history. He reveals himself as the “pearl hunter” who gives one of his works its title, and is an erroneous appropriation of the name of “pearl fisherman” bestowed by Hannah Arendt on another impassioned collector of the last century, Walter Benjamin.

Such a working method functions by accumulation and extends beyond the limits of the work in the form of word games and chains of aphorisms that give the pieces their titles.

 

Néstor Sanmiguel Diest. La peripecia del autómata
MNCARS, Palacio de Velázquez (Madrid). June 3 to September 19 2022
Artium Museoa (Vitoria-Gasteiz). June 24 to November 1 2022

 

[Image: 'En la penumbra de tu corazón', 1994. Néstor Sanmiguel Diest / Museum of Contemporary Art of the Basque Country's Collection - Artium Museoa]

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