The “Suggestions” exhibition space at the Gustavo de Maeztu Museum hosts the work of María José Recalde
The new “Suggestions” exhibition space at the Gustavo de Maeztu Museum houses the work of the Navarrese artist María José Recalde.
At the entrance to the Gustavo de Maeztu Museum we can find the exhibition space “Sugerencias”, a space designed to temporarily host the most striking events related to the world of art.
Currently, in the space, we can enjoy the work “Costureras” by the Navarrese artist María José Recalde. Next to the work you can enjoy a reading area where you can consult the catalogues of María José’s work.
In 2019, María José held an exhibition in Pamplona entitled “Encuentros por afinidades”. The term affinities refers to the affinity found between artists, and María José has taken this affinity to her work and her artistic work. In María José’s work, we can find one of her most constant works, the portraits between artists.
A few years ago, at the Gustavo de Maeztu Museum, she took part in a group exhibition of six artists entitled “Seis miradas a un tiempo” (Six glances at a time), which consisted of six portraits of each of the participating artists.In another exhibition, in 2000, he showed a group of artists portraying each other in the same painting, some of these works can be seen in Tudela.
The work currently on display at the Gustavo de Maeztu Museum is based on the same idea as the previous exhibition. It is an exchange of portraits. The work depicts Teresa Sabaté, an artist who is currently exhibiting in the temporary exhibition hall of the Museo Gustavo de Maeztu until 10 December 2023. María José also appears in this work, but in this case she is portrayed by Teresa Sabaté, and they both appear in the same work portraying each other.
This work commemorates a tribute to that exhibition of the year 2000, as well as maintaining the same idea of the portrait between artists, in this case, it is important to highlight the techniques used to create it. In those years he was beginning to produce works with canvases, sculptures, engravings…
Each work in this series is made with a different technique, in this case, in the work on display at the Gustavo de Maeztu Museum, he pays homage to seamstresses. The people portrayed in the work are: Teresa Sabaté, who works with fabric; Celia Eslava, who works with ceramics, but also works with fabric; María Jiménez, who uses the crochet technique. These are people who, within the world of art, are close to María José’s field and work with sewing techniques.
In the catalogues we can find the whole collection, works made with these techniques; fabric, acrylic, drawing, assemblage, collage, metal, wood…
In this 2023, María José has returned to the idea of portraits, but this time there is no exchange of portraits with other artists, she is simply painting portraits of artists in oil on paper. These works can be found in Tudela.
The work “Costureras”, which is on display at the Gustavo de Maeztu Museum, can be visited free of charge from Tuesday to Saturday, from 9:30 to 13:30; Sundays and public holidays, from 11:00 to 14:00.