A Cry for Peace, 2012 film still
©Pablo Picasso VEGAP 2014 ©Denise De La Rue
From the 7th to the 30th of September 2017
The film A Cry for Peace, shows us the bullfighter Javier Conde dancing with his red cape in front Pablo Picasso’s iconic painting Guernica, one of the most representative antiwar pieces of art history. With duration of three minutes and musical score of the Academy Award winner Gustavo Santaolalla, this piece evokes the life, death, violence and conquest contain both in war and in tauromachy.
In this work, the matador represents the metaphor of the soldier, who guides the viewer in a journey across the devastation of Guernica.
The matador movements reveal in color the scene of an artistically reproduced battle, Guernica, with its journalistic simplicity in black-and-white, captures the desperate chaos and deafening screams of the victims of a real battle, the eternal echoes of the Greek tragedy The Trojan Women, where they lament the death of their children and their men in a city fallen into disgrace after a war.
These two different representations of battle within the film generate a reflection on the persistence of violence and the destruction of war, but, and at the same time, this film strives to combat indifference to human suffering and function as a call for peace, a cry for hope.
The work of De La Rue has been characterized by exploring the duality of the human condition, in particular the struggle between life and death, beauty and cruelty, eros and thanatos, the sublime and horrible, the hero and the shadow, the light and the darkness.
A Cry for Peace premiered at the United Nations during the General Assembly, 2014.
Este Vals que se muere en mis Brazos, 2017 Bárbara Lennie con el Aquelarre de Goya, fotograma del video instalación
Lázaro Galdiano Museum, Madrid
From June 22nd to October 31st 2017
This exhibition presents a reinterpretation of “Witch Matters” series by Francisco de Goya, in form of a large-format canvas light boxes of six iconic Spanish actresses: Maribel Verdú, Barbara Lennie, Inma Cuesta, Macarena García, Veronica Echegui and Adriana Ugarte.
The works from the Spanish master, commissioned at the request of the Dukes of Osuna, are currently dispersed: “The Witches Sabbath” and “The Witches” are part of the permanent collection of the Lázaro Galdiano Museum; “Witches Flight” ” belongs to the permanent collection of the El Prado Museum; “Forcibly Bewitched” is located at the National Gallery in London, while the whereabouts of “The Stone Guest” and “The Witches Kitchen” is unknown. In order to integrate these two pieces into this series, Denise De La Rue use crystal negatives from Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute to reconstruct them through digital processes, reuniting them in the same space for the first time after more than one Century since the paintings left the Dukes of Osuna’s hands, offering an unique opportunity to understand the interest of Goya in witchcraft and the sacred through a contemporary perspective.
Art intervention at the Hermitage of San Antonio de la Florida
From February 16 to April 2nd 2017
The Hermitage of San Antonio de Florida is the place where Goya’s most important frescoes are and his mortal remains. “Angelas” is first exhibition held at the Hermitage in two Centuries, it consisted in five photographs of a reinterpretation of Goya’s angels or winged beings paintings with a juxposition of emblematic Spanish actresses, like Michelle Jenner, Claudia Traisac, Anna Castillo Juana Acosta and Natalia de Molina. As part of the intervention, the artist included music and a large mirror floor to give tribute to the 18th century society, where the duplicity games with mirrors where so characteristic among the aristocracy.
The mirror’s surface reflected the frescoes of the Aragonese artist located on the dome of the Hermitage so that the viewer can be immerse in a magical and illusory atmosphere and participate with his own image reflected.
Jumex Museum, Mexico City
From July 12th to October 4th 2015
A selection of works from the permanent collection of Jumex Museum curated by Eva Svennung, Fernando Mesta, artists Bernadette Van-Huy, Nicolas Ceccaldi and Peter Wächtler, and the researcher Susana Vargas. The exhibition took over the title of the sculpture of the same name of Cerith Wyn Evans in 2006, which is part of the Jumex Collection, and was composed of more than 100 works from the collection, grouped under various curatorial approaches.
The guest artists, in addition created new works that accompanied their respective selections of works from the collection. The installations, carefully interwoven, offered different and very subjective approaches about art, collections, and their representation. With pieces by artists such as: Denise De La Rue, Felix González Torres, Bas Jan Ader, Joseph Beuys, Wolfgang Tillmans, Richard Prince, Thomas Ruff, Jenny Holzer, David Lynch, John Waters, Carlos Amorales and Misael Torres.
10th year anniversary exhibition from Jumex Collection, Mexico City
From April 8th to Septiembre 31st 2011
Exhibition curated by Osvaldo Sánchez, former director of the Museum of Modern Art Mexico, claimed the nexus between art and spirituality, art and ethics, art and human nature. Many of the works referred to a willingness to exalt the intimate certainties of our life experience; subtle flashes of an apparition, only visible at times, which makes every work of art a sacred communion and a public custody to the fragility of the being.
The exhibition presented works of: Denise De La Rue and other artists, such as Louise Bourgeois, Francis Alÿs, Cy Twombly, Bas Jan Ader, Félix González-Torres, Jim Hodges, Cerith Wyn Evans, Wolfgang Tillmans, Ann Hamilton, Hreinn Fridfinnsson, Ana Mendieta, Douglas Gordon, Thomas Glassford, Salla Tykkä, Knut Asdam, and Arturo Herrera, among others.
Imago Galleries, Palm Springs
February 19 to March 21st 2010
Photography exhibition that showcased the works of Catherine Chalmers, Denise De La Rue, Joe Goode, Jill Greenberg, Dennis Hopper, Walter Martin & Paloma Muñoz, Lori Nix, Ed Ruscha, Laurie Simmons and William Wegman.
Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale
April 18th 2009 to March 22nd 2010
Exhibition from the private collection of Gordon Locksley and George T. Shea, featuring some of the most important contemporary artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. The title was due to the name of one of the works in the exhibition: a neon sculpture by Tracey Emin (2006). Along with presence of today’s contemporary art referents, the exhibit highlighted works related to the graffiti and homoerotism. Some of the artists from the exhibition: Denise De La Rue, Blek Le Rat, Donald Judd, Damien Hirst, Anselm Kiefer, Joel Fisher, Dan Flavin, Peter Halley, Robert Mangold, Brice Marden, Robert Morris, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Anselm Reyle, Nick Walker, Wang Shuhe Renli and Andy Warhol.
Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills
From June 14th to June 21st 2008
“Matador” exhibit portrays portraits of Spanish and Mexican matadors after the bullfight, some of them bloody with the marks of the battle, within scenarios created by the artist that refer to baroque paintings.
Reviewing the complex moral and social implications of bullfighting today.
With this series and exhibit De La Rue explores the double identity of the bullfighter: on the one hand, he is a dancer who dances with death, with his beautiful attire and elegant dance in the arena; and on the other hand, a warrior in battle to the death with the bull.
Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City
From September 8th to October 23rd 2005
Exhibition whose purpose was to explore the relationship between photography and fashion in Mexico during the twentieth century, which started from the premise that appearances do not escape to any field of contemporary culture, that they are a constituent part of the personal and collective identities. Art, politics, entertainment and everyday life are a huge gateway, the itinerant mirror that reflects the image of what we believe, and want to be.
From the models of Henri de Chatillon portrayed by Semo and the collaborations between Kurt Torssell and the Mayo brothers, to the urban research of Federico Gama in reference to the transformation of the Mazahua-cholo-escato-punk and the works of Mauricio Aleja for Pic Nic magazine, this exhibition is an invitation to think about fashion in the concept proposed by Roland Barthes: an image system governed by desire.
This exhibit have the participation of artists like: Denise De La Rue, Héctor García, Rodrigo Moya, Gerardo Suter, Javier Hinojosa, Mayo brothers, Dante Busquets, Federico Gama and Carlos Somonte, among others.