In collaboration with the Picasso Museum, Antibes, Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents two complementary installations of drawing by Jaume Plensa.
They highlight the artist’s devotion to a multimedia process and navigates the relationship between language and silence, darkness and light.
Works in The Weston Gallery will reflect Plensa’s belief in the importance of encoding human rights in political systems and of unifying diverse cultures, ages, genders, faiths, and races. They include Face (2008), a series of mixed-media works on paper featuring portraits of people from across the globe alongside excerpts from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Also featured is April is the Cruellest Month (2020-21), a group of 28 drawings made during lockdown addressing universal psychological reactions such as panic and anxiety. Taking drawing into three-dimensions are Continents I & II (2000), etched onto layered glass slabs, and the suspended wire heads in Invisibles (2016).
Plensa’s installation in the park's 18th-century chapel will amplify its qualities as a spiritual and meditative place. In the nave, two marble sculptures of girls’ heads with closed eyes will stand in silent communion, suggesting hope for a shared global humanity. On the walls, the dark forms of Anònims (2003), 16 drawings of shadowy, almost human-sized bodies with unknown faces, are ciphers for generations, reflective of a community of souls.
Plensa’s White Nomad (2021) is newly sited in the chapel garden, joining his cast iron sculpture Wilsis (2016) located on the lake shore, and Wonderland (1993) on the west end of the visitor centre.