The coronavirus delays “sine die” the opening of the Roberto Polo Collection in Cuenca




The opening in Cuenca of the Roberto Polo Collection, scheduled for the end of last November, continues in “stand by” until the coronavirus ceases, as confirmed to Europa Press from the collection itself.

On November 10, the Junta de Castilla-La Mancha reported that in the old church of Santa Cruz, which will house the exhibition, the works that will constitute the permanent collections of the second headquarters of the Roberto Polo Collection, Center of Modern and Contemporary Art of Castilla-La Mancha (Corpo), had begun to be installed.

However, in recent weeks, due to the high incidence of covid, Cuenca has been at level 3 and that has implied the closure of all museums. This Friday the health authorities relaxed the restrictions and the city has returned to level 2, which allows the opening of museums at 30% of their maximum capacity. Despite this, there is still no date for the Roberto Polo Collection.

Remember that the Cuban collector has given more than half a thousand works to the Junta de Castilla-La Mancha for a renewable period of 15 years. These are divided between the Cuenca headquarters and the Toledo headquarters, already opened in the old convent of Santa Fe. The Corpo headquarters in Cuenca focuses its content on the European historical avant-gardes. The pieces range from the 19th century, when art begins to show signs of breaking with established canons, to the present day. Although the Gordian knot is located in central Europe, there are also works from the northern and eastern European regions, as well as its influence in the United States.

Names such as Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Hermann Max Pechstein, Vassily Kandinsky, Oskar Schlemmer, Kurt Schwitters, Lászlo Moholy-Nagy or Max Ernst stand out. There are also others less known, but fundamental in the history of art, such as Paul Joostens, Marthe Donas, Pierre-Louis Flouquet, Victor Servranckx, Ivan Kliun, Marc Eemans or Thomas Downing. The 19th century has a presence through such relevant figures as Delacroix or Degas, but the main block is still in the historical avant-gardes of the early 20th century, with artists from France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, England, Russia, the United States. States and other countries. Spain is represented by a work by Picasso.

The collection responds to an avant-garde sense of “total art”, covering all its manifestations transversally, just as its creators did, so that in addition to painting, sculpture, “assemblage” and other plastic arts, decorative and artistic arts are also included. its later derivation in the design, as well as important exponents of the photography collection.

Many of the pieces that can be seen in Cuenca are unique not only because of their high artistic and historical value, such as the lamps by Josef Hoffmann and Eileen Gray, the vase by Koloman Moser, the relief by Marc Eemans, El Puerto de Liverpool or the oil by John Atkinson Grimshaw, but because it will be the first time that the work of these and other prominent artists is exhibited in a Spanish museum.

Roberto Polo himself has declared that the Cuenca headquarters places special emphasis on abstraction, establishing a parallel between the creation of the Spanish artists that Cuenca was able to bring together in his environment from 1959 on and the work of his European and American peers in the period that precedes and follows it.

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