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Regensburg welcomes Javier Mariscal

The city’s public art gallery presents a retrospective outlook on the influential creator

June 10th, 2016

Less than two weeks ago, the city of Regensburg inaugurated the exhibition “Mariscal World”, with the presence of representatives from the city council, the ambassador of Spain Juan Pablo García-Berdoy and the artist Javier Mariscal. The exhibition, which will be open until September, offers an extensive recollection of the unclassifiable Spanish designer, whose work includes painting, sculpture and art and design for cinema or furniture.

Multiple cultural links between Germany and Spain have just been expanded with the inauguration of the first exhibition dedicated to the artist Javier Mariscal in Regensburg (Bavaria). The retrospective display was initiated on Sunday the 29th of May, almost two weeks ago, in an inauguration where the ambassador of Spain in Berlin, Juan Pablo García-Berdoy y Cerezo as well as the honoree Javier Mariscal and city council representatives were present. The exhibit has been made possible thanks to the work of the “Spanische Film und Kultur Festival cinEScultura” and the city council’s art gallery “Das Leeren Beutel”, along with the support of the Spanish Embassy in Berlin.

As explained by Javier Mariscal himself, the objective of the exhibition is, as its own name indicates, to immerse the attendees in his artistic world and make them “see everything with my eyes”. The exposition offers a wide collection of paintings, comic-stripes, sculptures, animation sequences and objects of all kind. Especially important in the exhibition are the storyboards and other film-related items of the animated movie “Chico y Rita”, directed by Fernando Trueba with the art of Mariscal as the main visual element. The movie won the Goya and the European Film Price for Best Animated Movie of 2011 and was nominated for the Oscars.

Javier Mariscal, born in Valencia but residing in Barcelona, is one of the most influential Spanish designers of the last decades. He started out by drawing comics: one of his strong passions and an important source of inspiration. But his fame and international recognition came from his designs; from the Duplex stool to the Olé jar or the mascot for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Cobi. In 1999, he won the Spanish National Design Price for his trajectory, the most prestigious national award for designers.

The exhibition will be open until the 29th of September in the city council’s art gallery “Das Leeren Beutel”, from 10 am to 4 pm. Entrance is free.


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