Curated by: Benjamin Weil, Artistic Director of Centro Botín.
Although the artist and musician Martin Creed (Wakefield, UK, 1968) has been working for the last three decades, he perhaps continues to be best known for his 2001 Work No. 227: The lights going on and off, a light performance that earned him the Turner Prize and was consequently acquired by Tate Modern (London) for its permanent collection.
Creed has been unfolding a multi-disciplinary body of work, ranging from performance and installation to sound and text as well as sculpture, painting and drawing. Although the work is rooted in a conceptual practice, the artist considers himself more as an expressionist and prefers to avoid categorization. He uses a nomenclature to title his work that refers to the world of music, cataloguing them numerically since the very beginning.
Creed elaborates most of his work using mundane everyday materials and situations, in order to create fully-fledged experiences rather than just objects. For his collaboration with Fundación Botín, the artist has elected to combine the workshop he will direct (from 25 March to 5 April 2019) and the exhibition: core to his show will be the performance he will elaborate in collaboration with the participating young artists, which includes a new musical score. A group of four musicians (two singers, a violinist and a guitar player) will then roam around the second-floor galleries during the entire course of the exhibition, among a series of wall paintings by Martin Creed.
Free for Centro Botín's Friends