Monday, August 08, 2011

Majorca: Yannick and Ben Jakober Foundation: Contemporary and Modern Art.

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Majorca: Yannick and Ben Jakober Foundation:  Contemporary and Modern Art.  The Yannick and Ben Jakober Foundation was created in 1993 and is a private cultural foundation.  Its objective is principally the conservation and restoration of Spanish Heritage and also the promotion of the arts in general, and painting and sculpture in particular, through the exhibition of the pictures and works in it’s collection, and the exchange of cultural and artistic ideas and material.   The main building conceived by the great Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy (see below) houses the Karlweis Wing, where the largest collection in the world of paintings, sculptures and drawings by Domenico Gnoli (Rome 1933-New York 1970) are on show, with another room dedicated to Rebecca Horn. There are also works by Alan Rath, Miralda, Meret Oppenheim, Takis and Ben Jakober / Yannick Vu. There is no pretence that this is a collection but rather an accumulation of works by artists close to the founders acquired by exchange, gift or inheritance.
Above:  Two paintings by Domenico Gnoli from the series An Afternoon at the Bulls, 1966 published in Sports Illustrated, New York, acrylic on silk glued paper and panel.

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 Domenico Gnoli

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 Domenico Gnoli's Back View and Chair paintings.

The Domenico Gnoli corridor.  In the Domenico Gnoli corridor there is a selection of his best drawings, like the above Woman Sole in Bath Tub, 1967 from the Series of Robert Graves’ article A Modern Bestiary. What is a Monster?, published by Horizon, New York, 1968 in Indian Ink, tempera and acrylic on cardboard.  All in all this is the most important body of Gnoli’s work in any museum.

The first floor landing.  A series of Ben Jakober’s MVSEV, 1991. Eight colorful wall sculptures, which represent scale models of well-known museums. In the foreground Donald Lipski’s Red, White and Blue Flag Ball, 1990.

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The Yannick Vu room.  A selection of paintings and sculptures by Yannick Vu.  On the table some early sculptures of family and friends.  Yannick Vu made her first three dimensional work in 1963 using part of a cement balustrade with vinyl glue and sand and polished.  However she did not develop this talent until 1986 apart from some small bronzes made in Rome in the seventies.  Having seen her father the well known Vietnamese artist Vu Cao Dam working clay she had the urge to dedicate herself seriously to the modeling of heads, using once fired in the kiln a technique of patinas whose secret her father had passed on to her.

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 The Yannick Vu room: the sculptures on the table; Maima, 1987; Ben, 1986;  Yannick avec Perles, 1987; and Reza,1987. 

The Rebecca Horn room – details. On the first floor the first room is dedicated to the famous German artist Rebecca Horn who made an interactive mechanical installation called Dreaming Stones, 2006 especially for this space.

The Sculpture Court. Frank Benz Silla chair, assembled wood; in the middle Rolf Sach’s Dirty Thoughts chair, 2009; Miralda’s Have a Good Year chair 7/11, 1995 recycled tires, TV screen, foot rest; above, Hamaca, 2001 fibre optics, stainless steel by Ben Jakober and Yannick Vu. In this room there are also works by Meret Oppenheim, Takis, Alan Rath.

Chairs in the Sculpture Court.  A Damien Hirst whimsical butterfly deckchair and an armchair by Japanese artist and designer Shiro Kuramata How High the Moon chair, 1986 in expanded steel net.


The stairway. Artist among the founder’s friends fill the wall of the stairway to the second floor with drawings.

The stairway.  Works donated by Yoko Ono to Ben and Yannick.


The Vu Cao Dam 1908-2000 rooms.  Vu Cao Dam’s Retrato de Nina, c. 1940.  Two adjacent rooms harbour the work of Vu Cao Dam, father of Yannick Vu, a Vietnamese painter and sculptor who studied under Victor Tardieu.  He and Le Po are undoubtedly the most important Vietnamese artists of the 20th century with works in major international museums.

The Vu Cao Dam 1908-2000 rooms.   Previously a bathroom tiled with XVII and XVIII century Cuerda Seca ceramics are a number of bronzes by Vu Cao Dam, including one of his father Vu Dinh Thi, executed when he was only nineteen.  In the same room is a sculpture of Ho Chi Minh, which was modeled in Paris 1946.

The Library.  The library is on two floors and has rich wooden beams and balustrades; it is lined with oak bookcases, sculptures and works of art.

The Founders.  Ben Jakober and Yannick Vu sit in the portico under their work Cruxigram, 1992.


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