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Jaume Plensa

Can You Hear Me?

Plensa Jaume v2
Photo credit: Patrick Young 

Friday, February 19, 2021
8:00 pm


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Can You Hear Me?” is a doc­u­men­tary film that fol­lows inter­na­tion­ally cel­e­brated Span­ish artist Jaume Plensa for a year and a half, offer­ing audi­ences an unfil­tered look into his artis­tic process. Directed by Pedro Balles­teros, the film presents Plensa’s story across seven chap­ters, mov­ing between moments from the stu­dio and the pro­duc­tion of some of Plensa’s most ambi­tious pub­lic projects, includ­ing the recent large-scale works installed at Rock­e­feller Cen­ter and Hud­son Yards in New York. 

Plensa is one of the world’s fore­most sculp­tors in the pub­lic realm with award-win­ning projects span­ning the globe in such cities as Cal­gary, Chicago, San Diego, Mon­tréal, Lon­don, Paris, Dubai, Bangkok, Shang­hai, and Tokyo. His mon­u­men­tal sculp­ture Behind the Walls was recently installed out­side the front doors of the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan Museum of Art. 

Most well known in the U.S. for his iconic Crown Foun­tain (20002005) at Mil­le­nium Park in Chicago, the artist has spent the last 35 years pro­duc­ing a mul­ti­fac­eted body of sculp­ture that speaks to the capac­ity and beauty of human­ity, often bring­ing peo­ple together through the acti­va­tion of pub­lic spaces. Con­ven­tional sculp­tural mate­ri­als like glass, steel, and bronze blend with uncon­ven­tional media such as water, light and sound to cre­ate hybrid works of intri­cate energy, psy­cho­log­i­cal weight, and sym­bolic richness.

The win­ner of many national and inter­na­tional awards includ­ing the Hon­orary Doc­tor­ate from Uni­veri­s­tat Aut’onoma de Barcelona in 2018 and the 2013 Velazquez Prize awarded by the Span­ish Cul­tural Min­istry, Jaume Plensa has had solo museum exhi­bi­tions at the MACBA: Museu d’Art Con­tem­po­rani de Barcelona, Spain; Museo Nacional Cen­tro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid Spain; MAMC – Musée d’art mod­erne et con­tem­po­rain Saint-Éti­enne Métro­pole, Saint-Éti­enne, France; Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR, Brühl, Ger­many; The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio; York­shire Sculp­ture Park, York­shire, Eng­land; and Nasher Sculp­ture Cen­ter, Dal­las, Texas. He lives and works in Barcelona.

Behind the Walls is a Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan Museum of Art pur­chase made pos­si­ble by the J. Ira and Nicki Har­ris Family.

A screen­ing of the doc­u­men­tary will be fol­lowed with a con­ver­sa­tion between the artist and Christina Olsen, Direc­tor of UMMA, and U‑M stu­dents. The doc­u­men­tary will be avail­able for a 3 week lim­ited engage­ment through spe­cial arrange­ment with the filmmaker.

This event is pre­sented in part­ner­ship with UMMA.