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
Galerie Lelong New York
November 1 - December 14, 2013
Villa Wessel, Iserlohn, Germany
15 November 2013 – 12 January 2014
Calcografía Nacional, Madrid, Spain
Exhibition in honor of the National Award for Graphic Arts
January 2014 – March 2014
Richard Gray Gallery is delighted to announce that Jaume Plensa has won the 2013 Velazquez Prize, awarded by the Spanish Cultural Ministry. Established in 2002, the prize is given to a Spanish artist for reinventing the visual language of sculpture. The jury noted in its decision "the coherence of Plensa's career in which he has thoroughly reinvented the language of sculpture, integrating poetry and conceptualization in designs of great aesthetic intensity." Plensa received two other major prizes this past year including Spain's National Graphic Arts Prize (2013) and the National Visual Arts Prize (2012).Continue Reading
Jaume Plensa, "Architecture Is Art…Is Architecture Art?"
Wednesday, November 20 at 6pm - MCA Theater
Jaume Plensa will have a major solo exhibition in Bordeaux, France opening on June 27 and remaining on view until October 6. There will be an opening reception on June 27th at 6pm; the artist will be present.Continue Reading
Jaume Plensa will be giving in lecture in Calgary on June 4th in conjunction with the dedication of Wonderland (2013) and City of Calgary Public Art Program. Tickets can be purchased at the door and advance RSVP's are appreciated.Continue Reading
Rui Rui, a seven meter sculpture by Jaume Plensa, will stand at the crossroads of Accademia and San Marco as part of the exhibition Glasstress: White Light / White Heat. Glasstress is curated by Adriano Berengo and James Putnam and coincides with the 55th Venice Biennale. Plensa’s Rui Rui will be premiered at the Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti from June 1 - November 24, 2013. There will be a vernissage on May 31 at 6pm, the public is welcome and the artist will be in attendance.Continue Reading
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