Object . Artist
Collection . 2000
León Ferrari was born in Buenos Aires in
1920. A self-educated artist, he began doing art in 1955, working with
different materials -clay, plaster, cement, wood and stainless steel wire.
In 1976, he left Argentina due to political reasons and settled in Sao
Paulo, Brazil, where he resumed his artwork making metal sculptures, and
exploring several other techniques such as photocopies, mailart,
heliography, microfiches, video-texts, artist's books, etc. He returned to Buenos Aires in 1991, and
continued doing artwork focusing on Christianism, and also the pastels and
drawings which Noé Jitrik called Archeology of sign.
In 1998, Diario
de Poesía published "La bondadosa Crueldad", a collection of his poems
later published by Argonauta. He also wrote articles for "Página/12"
and other dailies.
Back in 2000 his exhibition "Infiernos e idolatrías" ("Hells and
idolatries") at the Spanish Cultural Center in Buenos Aires, featured his
position against human and divine torture. One of the exhibition rooms
showed 40 reproductions of famous depictions of hell in art history (by
Michelangelo, Giotto, Bosch, etc.), while another showed his invented and
replicated forms of Christian tortures but applying them to plaster Virgins,
Sacred Hearts, and saints. The exhibition aroused the strong reaction of
Catholic groups who put up an altar surrounded by flags and banners at ICI
entrance. The groups said the rosary and threw trash, paint, and tear gas
into the exhibition hall.
In 2001, at the Sylvia Vesco gallery he showed 30 collages made with the
Vatican newspaper "L'Osservatore Romano" and a book containing such images. Awards received include the 1997 Plaza de
Mayo Grandmothers' Medal, the 1995 Guggenheim Fellowship, 1998 Buenos Aires
Municipal Belgrano Salon, 2000 Costantini Award, 2003 Clamor Brzeska Award.
He's honorary member of CAIA (Argentine Art Researchers Center) and
founding member of CIHABAPAI (Godless Heretic Apostate Pagan Blasphemous
Agnostic Atheists and Non Believers Club, in process of organization).
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