‘THE GRAVEYARD BY THE SEA’ BY BIKONDOA AT THE MARITIME MUSEUM OF BARCELONA
23/09/15 to 31/01/16
Exhibition curated by Arnau Puig and Alfonso de la Torre in the Royal Atarazanas and Maritime Museum, one of the most emblematic buildings in Barcelona
After seventeen years of voluntary artistic silence – concomitant with twenty years of retirement and silence of Paul Valéry – Bikondoa restarted his “public” career as a plastic-artist and was reunited with The Graveyard by the Sea, aware of existing parallels – life story and pursuit of knowledge – between himself and the admired French poet.
Like Valéry, Bikondoa, reborn and renewed for action after his introspective pause, needed expression going beyond formal appearance. Inspired by the visionary poetry of Valery, Bikondoa did not take the easy route of mere illustration work of the literary images and metaphors of the poet, but a plastic translation of the poetic heart-beat that throbs in them and animates them. Paintings, sculptures, photographs, oil, marble powder, metal, wood -treated with different intermixed techniques – replaced the direct expresión of the images of the poem with the expression of a more fundamental and profound reality . It is Bikondoa’s personal translation of his visions arising from his attentive and passionate reading of The Graveyard by the Sea.