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Alejandro Cardenas 'FANTASMI DI PRIMAVERA' Palazzo Cavanis, Venice

Oct 7 — Nov 26, 2023 | Venice

Fantasmi di Primavera [Ghosts of Spring] is the first Italian solo exhibition by the Chilean-born, New York - based artist Alejandro Cardenas (Santiago, 1977). It contextualizes a new body of work especially conceived for this occasion that merges, as always in his artistic research, a wide range of references borrowed from the history of art, science fiction, and Latin American literature.

Fantasmi di Primavera explores spiritual and fantastical subjects related to human interiority and cosmic landscapes, both inspired by Children of Memory (2023) - the third volume of a space saga by the British writer Adrian Tchaikovsky, and the experience of a non-objective, supernatural yet familiar world view taken from the tradition of magical realism, by authors like Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel García Márquez.

Over the years, Cardenas has developed a distinctive style oscillating between figuration and abstraction. He fuses different stimuli taken from Surrealist dream-like spaces, Futurist velocity, and Renaissance artistic references in a unique, imaginative vision populated by his personal, oneiric micro-cosmos of figures, entities, and humanoids, as evidenced in his latest production.

Eugenio Viola, Ph.D.
Chief Curator MAMBO – Bogota Museum of Modern Art

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Selected artworks

  • Alejandro Cardenas,                                      Final Delivery, 2023

    Alejandro Cardenas Final Delivery, 2023

    Oil on linen

    127 x 177.8 cm
    50 x 70 in

  • Alejandro Cardenas,                                      The Witch, 2023

    Alejandro Cardenas The Witch, 2023

    Oil on canvas

    127 x 114.3 cm
    50 x 45 in

  • Alejandro Cardenas,                                      The Regent, 2023

    Alejandro Cardenas The Regent, 2023

    Oil on canvas

    101.6 x 81.3 cm
    40 x 32 in

  • Alejandro Cardenas,                                      Botanicus 5, 2023

    Alejandro Cardenas Botanicus 5, 2023

    Watercolor on paper

    35.6 x 25.4 cm
    14 x 10 in

  • Alejandro Cardenas,                                      Solid Raven, 2023

    Alejandro Cardenas Solid Raven, 2023

    Oil on linen

    127 x 101.6 cm
    50 x 40 in

  • Alejandro Cardenas,                                      Raven at the Lake, 2023

    Alejandro Cardenas Raven at the Lake, 2023

    Watercolor on paper

    35.6 x 25.4 cm
    14 x 10 in

  • Alejandro Cardenas,                                      A View of the Mountains, 2023

    Alejandro Cardenas A View of the Mountains, 2023

    Oil on canvas

    81.3 x 101.6 cm
    32 x 40 in

  • Alejandro Cardenas,                                      The Ravener, 2023

    Alejandro Cardenas The Ravener, 2023

    Edition 1/3, from an edition of 3 + 2 APs

    Bronze, marble, steel

    173 cm (Height)
    68 in
    57 cm (Base)
    22 1/2 in