My Secret Garden
16th September — 16th January
Puerto Banús, Marbella
Nowadays art contributes energetically to the workings of cities as an active part of the daily life of their inhabitants. From antiquity on, through the different cultures and civilizations that have shaped history, art has played a fundamental role in the physiognomy of cities. It has served to commemorate events, to affirm values, to represent important people and places or simply to beautify and delight citizens. With the intention of bringing citizens closer to the latest artistic trends among contemporary artists, both national and international, and as a result of our firm commitment to disseminating culture, the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències of Valencia is pulling art out of the exhibition halls and taking to public spaces, reclaiming the idea of the open-air museum. With the My secret garden exhibit, from the Belgian artist Arne Qinze, the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències presents a selection of six of his most important sculptures.
This luxury marina in Marbella is strongly committed to serving as a showcase for international contemporary art, especially with works that contribute to extolling and highlighting the importance of nature and the preservation of our environment. For this reason, the sculptures by Arne Quinze that make up the exhibition My secret garden can be enjoyed for up to four months on the main streets and quays that make up this nautical and tourist enclave.
This way, Puerto Banús brings art and culture closer to all its visitors, with the intention of understanding and interpreting this “garden of wild flowers” that the artist has wanted to project in these monumental and majestic pieces that are incorporated into the unique and exclusive landscape of Puerto Banús
My Secret Garden
Arne Quinze’s sculptures are distillations of nature that appear to have grown organically as a result of continuous attractive and repulsive impulses with the aim of preserving a balance. At first sight they may perhaps appear fragile, but they are nevertheless capable of withstanding this harsh dialogue. Their colour palette is broad and inspired by the abundance of tints Quinze finds in his wild flower garden. This exposes the contrast between the diversity of nature and the encroaching monotony of our often grey cities. Through his works, Arne Quinze calls on the viewer to protect or at least appreciate what nature has to offer. The most successful cities of the future will in fact seamlessly interweave culture and nature. By locating his artworks in cities, Arne Quinze is attempting to initiate a dialogue on this vital balance.
Arne Quinze was born in Belgium in 1971 and currently lives and works in Sint MartensLatem, a town near the Belgian city of Ghent. His early career in the 1980s was as a graffiti artist, without having completed an official art education. He questioned the role of our cities and started his search for cities to become open air museums. His work evolved from Street Art to Public Art with recurring themes as social interaction, urbanisation and diversity. The gigantic wooden construction entitled Uchronia, which he and his team
built in the Nevada desert (USA) for the 2006 Burning Man festival, emphasized his pursuit for culture and nature to coexist. This was followed by numerous sculptures and exhibitions that included both large installations and small paintings and sculptures. At the present time, many of his installations are considered to be landmarks that present a different dynamic for urban development: In Paris, Shanghai, Beirut, Washington DC, Brussels, Mumbai, São Paolo,… Quinze has been intervening in cities now for over 25 years, and many projects are still lined up to be finalised.
With the kind support of: François Fornieri private collector,& MARUANI MERCIER Gallery.