Just a stone’s throw away South Shaanxi Station (Line 1), and hidden behind the hustle and bustle of Huaihai Lu is, ‘ART in Capitals’. China’s only Spanish art gallery, ‘ART in Capitals’ focuses on modern and contemporary Spanish and Western art. The gallery is a light, open, airy space where you can really absorb the art around you. With long opening hours (12 – 8pm Monday – Saturday), no cover charge and friendly staff who are willing to engage in conversation about the pieces displayed; ‘ART in Capitals’ is a cultural ‘must’.
The current exhibition, entitled ‘Holding up a Mirror,’ features the work of 5 artists. This group exhibition pays homage to Russian sociologist Pitirim Sorokin and his muses on the decline of civilization in our cyclical society. Artists; Atonio Forgué, Paul Lisak, Salustiano, Angel de la Pena and Javier Chozas take their inspiration from Pitirim Sorokin; although they were not confined by a single message so as to not hinder their creativity. Whilst the work of Lisak focuses on the ethnic faces of London and their discomfort in their multicultural surroundings, Salustiano creates works that convey a feeling of static reflection on society. One visitor to the gallery described Salustiano’s work as ‘Prayers to the devil , where the children are soaked in blood’; although Salustiano’s message was not to convey feelings of evil, take from it what you will!
One of the underlying themes to the exhibition is how we may look at society, ‘the’ mirror, but not necessarily take note of what we are looking at; instead we focus only upon outlines and colours. This message is best conveyed in the work of Chozas and his piece; nicknamed ‘The Cheesecake’. All we’ll say about this piece is; pay attention!
The current exhibition will run until the 25th of November when it will be replaced with the works of Salustiano featuring some of his wife’s sculptures (we’ve had a sneak peak and we’re already excited!). The gallery is conveniently placed right next to, would you believe it, a Spanish Tapas restaurant – the perfect way to round off your ‘Spanish afternoon’.
‘ART in Capitals’ is located at 20 Donghu Lu, 2F near Huaihai Zhong Lu 东湖路20号2楼 There’s a nifty little map here to help.