We are pleased to share some exciting insider news that is not yet public. After Plensa’s inspiring lecture here last April, the Arthur Ross Gallery will present next fall the international exhibition Jaume Plensa: Talking Continents from September 28 – December 8, 2019. This exceptional and timely exhibition addresses global issues that will encourage conversations among the Penn community. A series of related lectures with faculty across disciplines, and other events are planned.
In Talking Continents, letters from the various alphabets refuse to come together as words, existing instead as abstract forms, as arbitrary signs and shapes. As such, each sculpture embodies a dissolution of meaning or breakdown in communication. At the same time, the letters comprising the works are also the components needed to reconstruct words and create meaning—the building blocks for cultural understanding. A firm believer that art has the capacity to transform our lives, Plensa has stated that Talking Continents represents the concept of globalism without judgement.
Jaume Plensa: Talking Continents was organized by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Generous funding for Jaume Plensa: Talking Continents has been provided by the David and Paula Kraemer Fund; Ellen Rosner and Paul J. Reckwerdt; Mary Ellyn and Joe Sensenbrenner; Peggy and Tom Pyle; Gina and Michael Carter; National Guardian Life Insurance Company; Lynda and Charles Clark; Dynee and Barney Sheafor; Sara Guyer and Scott Straus; Karen and Craig Christianson; and RSM.
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