Riera i Arago. Le Rêve du navigateur
from October 20, 2012 to January 20, 2013
Riera I Aragó belongs to the generation of Catalan sculptors who, in the 1980s, gave a new dimension to the art form. While using traditional materials such as iron, wood and bronze, the artist nevertheless manages to transform the uses of the genre in a uninhibited and personal way.
Fascinated by machines, mechanical, aerial and aquatic engines, but also by physics and scientific culture, Riera I Aragó builds an entertaining and poetic world like no other, centred round key figures like the airplane, the zeppelin, the submarine and the fishing boat. The objects are transformed and "poetized" in the form of sculptures and installation art. The machine loses some of its common sense, reoriented with tenderness and irony. While it is a sign of the sculptor's interest in his era, it becomes the point of departure for an invitation to journey between the real and the imaginary.
With a decided focus on the world of the sea, the works of Riera I Aragó use MuMa as an anchor point for suggesting the beyond... All the way to the 200 little submarines in the water of the museum's external basin, Riera I Aragó plays with space, scale and perspective, here with a monumental sculpture of a propeller, there with a hundred or so models of flying machines—the dream of an atypical navigator...