- Centro Botín in Santander, Spain, will present Anri Sala: AS YOU GO (Châteaux en Espagne), a new exhibition by Albanian-born artist Anri Sala, running from 14 December 2019 – 3 May 2020.
- The exhibition, curated by Benjamin Weil, Artistic Director of Centro Botín, will consist of three monumental installations occupying the entire second floor gallery, which reflect Sala’s enduring interest in the interplay between moving images, music, and architectural space.
The first phrase in the title chosen by Anri Sala for this new exhibition, AS YOU GO, implies the idea of movement: that of a time-based work, informed by music and moving images; and that one of the visitors, who Sala implicitly encourages to keep moving and hence partake in the making of their own individual experience of an exhibition that bears a certain resemblance to a performative stage.
In many Western languages, the expression “building castles in the air” refers to making unrealistic plans. The French, however, talk about building castles in Spain, using the expression “construire des châteaux en Espagne.” This phrase caught Sala’s attention and he thought it quite appropriate to include this as part of the exhibition title. Indeed, a new exhibition is always the occasion for an artist to explore new formal territories. While the prospect may be quite exciting, it may also prove daunting: experimentation is risky, and staging a complex project is always open to an almost magical component. Meanwhile, for a visitor, delving into the new work of an artist can be equally challenging. In fact, one could think of the encounter of the artist’s proposal and the visitor’s perception as something almost improbable…
More information in the press kit.