Islearts showcases Ibizan and Balearic talents at London's La Galleria Pall Mall gallery

By Culture24 Reporter | 08 November 2012
A photo of a minimal sculpture installation with the letters a and d from a white sculpture
Pep Llambías, Vida [Life] (2011). Mixed media© Courtesy Pep Llambias / Islearts
Exhibition Preview: Islearts, La Galleria Pall Mall, London, until November 17 2012

Could Ibiza be the place for avant-garde art? Erwin Bechtold was born in Cologne in 1925, but after travelling to Spain and the Balearics during the 1950s, the painter settled on the island in 1958, where he co-founded the Grup Ibiza 59 artist collective.

A photo of a minimalist piece of art featuring a sphere on a white wall with different colours inside it
Sèrie Estacions (detall) [Stations Series (detail)] (2010). Paper, fabric, magnifying glasses, motors and Plexiglas© Courtesy Robert Ferrer / Islearts
Bechtold went on to win the Joan Miró Prize in 1973, the Balearic Islands Ibiza Award in 1999 and set up the World Cultures Museum in Mannheim. And he's one of several respected figures taking part in this snapshot of Catalan art, brought to London by the Institut Ramon Llull and curated by Mallorcan art critic Gudi Moragues.

His accomplices include abstract artist and calligrapher Ñaco Fabré, pop and conceptual collagist Pep Llambias and monochrome map-maker Guillem Nadal.

  • Open 10.30am-6pm. Admission free. Follow the gallery on Twitter @lagalleria.

More pictures:

A photo of an abstract piece of art featuring red and white paint with line squiggles
Ñaco Fabré, Sin título [untitled] (2011). Oil and graphite on canvas© Courtesy Naco Fabre / Islearts
A photo of a white sculpture of a curved shape on a white canvas on an art gallery wall
Guillem Nadal, Sèrie Projecte per una illa s/t 1.9.10 [Project for an Island Series, untitled, 1.9.10] (2010). Mixed media on canvas© Courtesy Guillem Nadal / Islearts
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