Between June 2 and 25, Almine Rech will exhibit This Is Your Lucky Day, a Parisian solo debut by Spanish artist Javier Calleja (Málaga, 1971). After introducing his renowned work at numerous art fairs, solo, and group exhibitions at Almine Rech venues worldwide, This Is Your Lucky Day introduces a new corner of the Malagan artist's practice at the gallery's Matignon space, in Paris.
Javier Calleja will introduce his work in the historically residential neighborhood next to the emblematic Champs d’Elysées and overlooking the famous Arc de Triomphe. Calleja has put together an intimate presentation that will provide a getaway from buzzing city life and complement the urban environment. Showcasing a series of special works on paper on the ground floor and paintings on canvas on the first floor, the installation is meant to convey the ambiance of a calm and quotidian yet playful environment, while giving subtle nods to French cultural traditions. As with most of his solo exhibitions, this particular showcase marks a number of new departures without stepping too far from his recognizable visual language and concepts. From revealing previously unexhibited aspects of his practice to introducing new compositional approaches, utilizing new colors schemes, and working with a rejuvenating mood of the post-pandemic world, the work is still firmly grounded in the framework of the “simple, but not easy”.
— Saša Bogojev, writer and curator