Jaume Plensa (Spanish, b.1955) is one of the world's foremost sculptors working in the public space, with over 30 projects spanning the globe in such cities as Chicago, Dubai, London, Liverpool, Nice, Tokyo, Toronto, and Vancouver.
Over the past 25 years, the artist has produced a rich body of work in the studio and the public realm. By combining conventional sculptural materials (glass, steel, bronze, aluminum) with more unconventional media (water, light, sound, video), and frequently incorporating text, Plensa creates hybrid works of intricate energy and psychology. From his delicately textured, intimate works on paper—like his 2005-06 series of ethnographic portraits that resemble worn, 19th century photographs—to monumental outdoor sculptures like Nomade (2007) and a range of cityscape-altering public projects like the Crown Fountain in Chicago (2000-05), Plensa's work takes many forms.
Plensa's work is invested in evoking emotion and stimulating intellectual engagement. By posing conceptual dualities in his work (inside/outside, front/back, light/dark), Plensa seeks to connect with his viewers on an intuitive level. Often, the viewer participation, or the object/viewer relationship, is what completes Plensa's work.
The winner of many national and international awards, Jaume Plensa has had solo exhibitions at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, UK; Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas; Institut Valencia d'Art Modern, Spain; the Musée Picasso, Antibes, France; the Arts Club of Chicago; Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid and Galerie National du Jeu de Paume, Paris among many others. He lives and works in Barcelona
Current and Upcoming Exhibitions
EMMA, Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Helsinki, Finland
November 14, 2012 - January 27, 2013
Poets in Miami
Collins Park, Miami
December 2012 - February 2013
Jaume Plensa’s monumental Wonderland has been unveiled in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in the front plaza of Foster + Partner’s skyscraper THE BOW. Standing twelve meters tall, Wonderland is Plensa’s largest work to date created from bent-wire mesh. Encana Corporation and Cenovus Energy commissioned the sculpture.Continue Reading
A solo exhibition by Jaume Plensa "In the Midst of Dreams" continues at EMMA (Espoo Museum of Modern Art) in Helsinki, Finland through January 27, 2013.Continue Reading
Richard Gray Gallery and Galerie Lelong are pleased to announce Jaume Plensa's Poets in Miami, opening on December 5th in Collins Park at Art Public | Art Basel Miami Beach.Continue Reading
Barcelona-based conceptual artist Jaume Plensa has been awarded the 2012 National Visual Arts Award of Spain, organized by the Ministry of Culture. The award recognizes artists whose work represents outstanding and innovative contributions to the Spanish Cultural Heritage.Continue Reading
Richard Gray Gallery is pleased to announce that Jaume Plensa's Silent Music will be exhibited as a part of IN/SITU of Expo Chicago.Continue Reading
From July 13 to November 4 , 2012, Jaume Plensa will be a part of the group exhibition Gegenbürger at Moderne Kunst im Dom, Bamberg, Germany.Continue Reading
Jaume Plensa unveils monumental Wonderland for The Bow, CalgaryContinue Reading
The School of the Art Institute and Jaume Plensa present 'People vs. Space' at Richard Gray Gallery, a student exhibition that is the culmination of an intensive summer course led by world-renowned artist, Jaume Plensa.Continue Reading
A lecture by Jaume Plensa focusing on several significant public works of art, starting with the Crown Fountain.Continue Reading