“Il cielo in una stanza” (The sky in a room)
Eugenio Ampudia, José Mª Baez, Antonio Belmonte, Sonsoles Brilhantes, Ricardo Cadenas, Equipo Múltiple, Rafael García Tejero, Julio Juste, Miki Leal, Joan Miró, Lita Mora, Emilia Nadal, Genison Oliveira, José Miguel Pereñíguez, Guillermo Pérez Villalta, Ignacio Tovar, Daniel Verbis, João Viana y Anónimo.
Galería Rafael Ortiz presents “Il cielo in una stanza”, a project conceived by Pablo Sycet for “the sky” of the Gallery, the room that is accessed after climbing the 19 steps that separate it from the main hall in the lower level and the street.
These 19 steps anticipate the 19 selected works of contemporary Iberian art that, with Gino Paoli’s song popularized by Mina in 1960 as a pretext, recreate a polyhedral image of the firmament that chronologically begins with “La poétesse” (1940), one of Joan Miró’s “Constellations” edited by Pierre Matisse in 1959, and concludes with “Un pedazo de cielo”, created by Ricardo Cadenas expressly for this exhibition.
From the moment the viewer starts climbing the 19 steps that lead to the “sky” of the Gallery, they can listen to one of the 19 versions of this song that became a huge hit when Mina recorded it for the first time in 1960 with arrangements by Tony de Vita —the “Tigress of Cremona” subsequently recorded two other versions, in 1969 and 1988— and that, since then, has been part of the collective imagination of several generations of European music lovers.