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Journey into Space: The Visual Odyssey of Fernando Zobel


Ayala Museum will present a major exhibition Journey into Space: The Visual Odyssey of Fernando Zobel, at its Third Floor Galleries. To span from the artist’s early output in the 1950s until his last years in the early 1980s, paintings, drawings, prints and photographs from the Ayala Museum collection and several private collectors will show the pictorial metamorphosis from stylized figurative paintings to works of total abstraction or non-objectivism.

The life and career of Fernando Zobel (1924-1984) had traversed a large, geographical area—from the Philippines to the United States and Spain. Described as a transnational artist, he felt at home and thrived in any country. Zobel was also pulled in several different directions—to Manila where he was a pioneer in the modern art movement, especially in non-objectivism; to Boston and Providence in the United States where he enjoyed the intellectual stimulation within his circle of friends who were artists and writers; and to Madrid, in the company of Spanish artists at the ascendancy of Spanish abstract painting.  Ultimately, Zobel described himself as someone who lives in museums and is happiest when surrounded by books and paintings. His world was the history of art.

The exhibition will serve as a visual walkthrough of Zobel’s transition from a more figurative style to his signature meditative, harmonious abstract works, composed primarily of calligraphic lines, gradients and even the positive use of space.

Journey into Space: The Visual Odyssey of Fernando Zobel, will be on display on the 3F Galleries of Ayala Museum from July 1 to October 5, 2014. This show is a long-awaited follow-up to Ayala Museum’s 2009 exhibition Fernando Zobel in the 1950s: the Formative Years.

For more information, email hello@ayalamuseum.org or call 759 82 88.


Image details: Fernando Zobel. ESCORIAL SERIE NEGRA (DETAIL). 1961. Oil on canvas. 96.5 x 129.5 cm. Jonathan and Stella Que Collection.

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