Reflectant Universe is a work of Angel Orensanz was on view at the Water Museum of Lisbon, Portugal. The Water museum itself was turned into a piece of art. Sculptor Angel Orensanz  transformed the central massive pool of water into a water sculpture by affecting it with video projections of films from the collection of Film and Video Library of  MoMa New York,  (edited by Donna Cameron), and with large sculpture pieces in PVC and neon constructed in Lisbon.

Encircling the central installation was a parade of 18 years of his drawings and paintings that filled the arched space giving guard to the central water piece. The walls o the Water Museum an 18th century architectural landmark supported 12 huge digital tapestries from Orensanz’s “Burning Universe”, first exhibited in Venice during the Biennale of 2003 at palazzo Malipiero and other locations along the Gran Canal.

reflectant universe by Angel Orensanz photo exhibition

Reflectant Universt by Sculptor Angel Orensanz

These structures and elements of The Reflectant Universe: sculpture, video, drawings and painting moved in circles embracing and reflecting over each other in a shimmering superimposition of reflections. Orensanz commented on his way from New York to Portugal:”I have designed this exhibition as a metaphor for a world inverted in itself that reverberates from its unsettled depths all the way up. A world closed, although vibrant in itself “.

 Museum da Agua, Rua do Alviela, 12; Lisboa, Portugal.

Margarida Ruas, Directora

Angel Orensanz takes the Grand Canal during Venice Biennale 2013

Venice Art Biennale


1st June > 24th November 2013

The 55th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale will take place from June 1 to November 24, 2013 at the Giardini and at the Arsenale. The Preview is scheduled for May 29, 30 and 31 in various venues around the city. It is titled The Encyclopedic Palace and is curated by Massimiliano Gioni. • The award ceremony and the inauguration of the 55th Exhibition will take place on Saturday 1st June. • Preview on 29, 30 and 31 May.

Angel Orensana in Venice

Angel Orensanz takes over the Grand Canal in Venice Biennale 2013

The Encyclopedic Palace of the will be laid out in the Central Pavilion (Giardini) and in the Arsenale forming a single itinerary, with works spanning over the past century alongside several new commissions, including over 150 artists from 37 countries. Eighty eight national participation will also be exhibited; among these 10 countries are participating for the first time. Forty seven Collateral Events will be promoted by various organizations and exhibited in different venues around the city.

This year, the main intervention of Angel Orensanz will consist of a traverse of the waived Grand Canal, from Ferrovia to Piazza de San Marco, with a boat that will be an outstanding constructionist moving installation. This construction will be made of movable shards, banners and fabrics. They play with the colors of the palaces, bridges and all architecture that flank the Gran Canale. A movie will be shot about the impact of the light on the waters, the buildings rows and the floating sculptures over the Gran Canale.

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The Titanic That Never Arrived To New York – Angel Orensanz

This is a very conceptual and beautiful art work by Angel Orensanz in New York on the Unsinkable Ship, The Titanic.


The Titanic that never arrived to NY is a series of interpretations and sculptorical reconstructions carried in New York by sculptor Angel Orensanz of a world iconic tragedy. It has captivated Ireland, Great Britain and the US with its tragic narrative of Homeric proportions. It is a world event, a cogent narrative, and constantly referenced within art. Over the last 4 years Angel Orensanz has developed an ongoing visual narrative about this iconic tragedy.Several passengers of the ill fated vessel were associated with our building. As a matter of fact, a couple depicted in James Cameron’s film as drowning  by the rising tide in their chamber were members of our community of Norfolk St. in Manhattan. But what has made Angel Orensanz come back again and again to the subject matter is the powerful narrative that music, theatre, the text, the photography, and the films have built across the generations.  Nothing so compelling since the Greek classics has been written about perpetual fight between nature, human progress and catastrophe. The Greek and Roman writers and sculptors selected current episodes and made them into dramas of universal appeal.Over the course of two years Angel Orensanz used for long periods of time the dramatic spaces of his Foundation building in Lower Manhattan installing and readjusting landscapes of color fabrics and theatrical lights, smoke and water to build narratives of this episode that portray the colossal fight between humans, machines, and nature.

The Titanic that Never Arrived- by Angel Orensanz

The Titanic that Never Arrived- by Angel Orensanz

The exhibition has been installed and is visited by hundreds of people who explore the areas of the Museum that function on the Foundation’s higher floors. From its wide windows you can see the East River shores, what used to be the Port of New York and where the Titanic was expected to dock.  Japanese Television got wind of this installation and taped the sculptural construction, making it into a cogent documentary that broadcast to all of Japan live on TV. The tape is available for free from the Foundation and is 10 minutes long.

smash – a thousand and one nights

NBC’s SMASH taped A Thousand and One Nights here at the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the 12th episode:


smash – a thousand and one nights

In general the show revolves around a group of characters creating new Broadway musicals, where everyone must balance his or her often chaotic personal life with the all-consuming demands of life in the theater. The series features original music by composers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Episode 12 A Thousand And One Nights was filmed at the Angel Orensanz Foundation.

Whitney Houston – I’m Every Woman


Remembering Whitney Houston at the Angel Orensanz Foundation for Women’s History Month

Last month was Women’s History Month. Legendary Artist Whitney Houston, celebrated Every Woman with Chaka Khan, Valerie Simpson & TLC here at the Angel Orensanz Foundation in 1996.

“I’m Every Woman”

Whatever you want
Whatever you need
Anything you want done baby
I do it naturally
‘Cause I’m every woman (Every woman)
It’s all in me
It’s all in me

I’m every woman
It’s all in me
Anything you want done baby
I do it naturally

I’m every woman
It’s all in me
I can read your thoughts right now
Every woman, whoever made ya say…
Whoa whoa whoa
Whoa (oh) whoa (oh) whoa

I can cast a spell
See, but you can’t tell
Mix a special groove
Put fire inside of you
Anytime you feel danger or fear
Then instantly
I will appear
Yeah oh

I’m every woman
It’s all in me
Anything you want done baby
I do it naturally
Whoa whoa whoa
Whoa whoa whoa

I can set your knees
like playing unto the seas
I can make a rhyme of confusion in your mind
And when it comes down to some little flash of love
I got it, I got it
I got it, got it, baby baby

I’m every woman
It’s all in me
Anything you want done baby
I do it naturally

I’m every woman
It’s all in me
I can read your thoughts right now
Every woman, whoever made ya say…
Whoa whoa whoa
Whoa whoa whoa

I ain’t braggin’
‘Cause I’m the one
Just ask me
Oh, it shall be done
And don’t bother
to compare
I’ve got it

Whoa whoa whoa
Whoa whoa whoa
Whoa whoa whoa

Artists together with musicians

We´ve talked about how artists influenced musicians; David Bowie created a song for Andy Warhol, Picasso was honored with a song from Don Mclean… but that is not the only way that art and music can go together. Some artists teamed up with musicians to create an entirely new experience, a cross between both worlds that were never really that far apart.

It all started in the 18th century, when the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso decided to get together with the French composer Erik Satie to create for the Russian Ballet troup Ballets Russes, the first megawatt collaboration involved Picasso creating cubist costumes and Satie displaying his repetitive minimalism, which also incorporated elements of “noise-making”, in the production of Parade in 1917.

The duo might have been one of the first art and music collaborations, but certainly not the last. We have talked about Christian Marclay and his desire to fill the gap between the two forms of expression. The Swiss-American Artist is more known for his hit video collage, The Clock, but he rose to fame in the 1980s for bridging the art and music divide. The artist teamed up with the New York City band Sonic Youth for Downtown 500 and since then they have been collaborating with each other. In 2002, MoMA hosted Graffiti Compositions, where Marclay petitioned viewers to scribble on blank music notation boards and asked master guitar players, including Lee Ranaldo (from the band), to perform the score.

The contributions between Europe and America can also be seen in the collaborative work by American artist Matthew Barney and and Icelandic singer Björk.  The two came together in 2005 to produce and star in Drawing Restraint 9, a full-length feature film filled with typical Barney installations, large-scale sculptures and a winding love-story narrative set in Japan. Björk also created the soundtrack.

On the subject of Japan, there is also the pop artist Takashi Murakami who collaborated with Kayne West on his album cover for The Graduation and the video for the single “Good Morning.”. Murakami also came up with the look of what would become West’s brand symbol, the teddy bear. Their collaborations did not stop there though. In 2008 Kayne performed at the opening of the Brooklyn Museum’s Murakami retrospective and they designed a line for Louis Vuitton together.

Angel Orensanz decided to explore the subject of music and art in his own, coming up with the exhibition Tangible Sounds back in 1985 in Studio 54 in New York City.  Now the city welcomes him again for the exhibition Burning Bronzes, opening September 12 at The Angel Orensanz Foundation Gallery.


Art in New York City (artful weekends)

Finally it is Friday. And before we share with you our artful suggestions for what to do in New York this weekend, let us do a recap of the week: Calvin Reid shares his view of Angel Orensanz, we how you the art gallery exhibitions in the Lower East Side, we share same musicians inspired by artists and Angel Orensanz new exhibition here in The Angel Orensanz Foundation is coming!

Now, for our weekend picks so you can enjoy a very artsy weekend in New York City:


First off, this Friday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, staring at 5pm, enjoy An Evening of Art and a Summer Sunset on the rooftop garden, where you can view Tomas Saraceno’s Cloud City while listening to DJ Widowspeak. You can also appreciate special tours of Naked before the camera and Spies in the House of Art: Photography, Film, and Video until 7 pm.


On Saturday there is lots of art in New York City for you to see. Like the exhibition Dialog in the Dark, where you will get to discover NYC by its sounds, tastes and textures, since you will be blindfolded! You will get to be guided through your senses by the people that know the city that way best: your guide will be visually impaired! So, prepare for the ride of your live starting at the South Street Seaport.

Not ready for the adventure? Don’t worry, New York City is boiling with art. So, how about the American Folk Museum? There you can see the exhibition Jubilation/Rumination: Life, Real and Imagined, the pieces from their permanent collection are organized by the museum’s senior curator Stacy C. Hollander and display samples of all varieties of artistic expression by artists from all over the world, from all the possible backgrounds. Maybe you wont know their names, but you will for sure remember their works once you see them. The exhibition addresses the space between reality, truth and imagination. Or as the curator puts it: “Life is not lived in black and white: reality may have the tinge of dreams and dreams an air of reality. “


On Discovery Times Square you can explore China’s past in the exhibition Terracotta Warriors. The 6-foot tall, 2000 year old statues are bound to impress. They are the legacy of Qin Shihuangdi, China’s first emperor. In fact, they were buried with him, in his tomb. But, someone decided to take them out for a Long March, all over the world, creating exhibitions that were always sold out. The army, or just a small piece of it is now on Times Square and you can learn the history of the warriors commissioned by Qin, each one different, placed in battle formation, with terracotta horses inside the first China emperor’s gigantic tomb.

Sunday is your last change to see  “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations,” so head back to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to enjoy the conversations that never happened between to genius Italian fashion designers and appreciate the display of dresses and shoes and hats of the fashion creators that were ahead of their time. And since you are inside the MET, how about spending the day there?

Finally, Sunday Night, if you like dance, then you shouldn’t loose the screening of Never Stand Still in Symphony Space at 6 pm, including a Q&A with director of the documentary Ron Honsa. The movie features legendary dancers and new innovators that reveal the world of dance. The trailer is here:


Lyrics for Artists

We asked once if arts go well with music. Maybe it does, sometimes, maybe it doesn’t, and maybe music is art. And maybe, sometimes you can make music about art and artists.


David Bowie‘s fascination with Andy Warhol made him write a song about the American pop artist known for his contributions to pop art, his appropriations of common objects, and the expression “15 minutes of fame”. The English musician, known as one of the best rock artists of all time released the homage in the Hunky Dory album released in 1971. Bowie played the song to Warhol, but the artist disliked it, since he thought the lyrics made fun of him. So when the song ended, both just stared at each other until Warhol complimented Bowie’s shoes.


Some other musicians never get a chance to show their homage song to the artist. John Cale, the Welsh rock singer-song writer, made a song about the Belgian Surrealist painter René Magritte. The though-proving artist, most know for his painting “This is not a pipe” is mentioned in the song quite a lot, as something Cale would always see and sometimes forget about, but then remember.



We all know the song American PieDon McLean became famous for it – but Vincent (Starry Starry Night) is also a hit. The american singer-songwriter started hitting the charts in 1971 and won more than 40 platinum and gold records world-wide. His homage to Vincent Van Gogh mentions the Dutch post-impressionist artist mental illness, but also his beautiful works that possess strong strokes and strong colors (that ranged from earthly and somber in his early paintings to vivid in his latest works). McLean’s song is sad, and certainly portrays the dutch sunflower painter very well.


sources: flavorwire, wikipedia

Angel Orensanz – 20 лет в России 20 Years in Russia

MARCH 3 – APRIL 3, 2011

State Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts, Saint Petersburg

The State Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg presents “ANGEL ORENSANZ, 20 YEARS IN RUSSIA”, a retrospective exhibition that reflects 2 decades of his career and his intense relationship with Russia’s culture and its history. Angel Orensanz presents a wide review of drawings, sculptures, photographic material, installations and a multilayered video portfolio. His pieces are always strong narratives, most often site-specific, both in natural landscapes or public spaces; Angel’s work is always documented in photography and video.

The work of Angel Orensanz has been presented at Alexander Pushkin Museum, The Museum of Modern Art in Moscow, at the Rumiantzev Palace, the Hermitage Museum and the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. He has developed strong cooperation with artists like Mikhail Chemiakin, Jury Barikyn and poet Andrei Voznessensky. Orensanz has developed site-specific installations like his “Bridges for Red Square” (1991), his “Circles in the River Neva” (2008) and his “Field of Mind” (Moscow, 2007).

The artist was inducted as a member of the Russian Academy of Arts in 2009; and has been awarded numerous distinctions from the Moscow City Council.

His exhibition has been included in the official program of the Spanish-Russian Cultural Year 2011. “ORENSANZ, 20 YEARS IN RUSSIA” is an outstanding example of the interest aroused by Russia in some Spanish Contemporary artists.

PRESS CONFERENCE: March 3, 2011 at 2 PM

OPENING RECEPTION: March 3, 2011 at 3 PM

Catherine The Great Exhibit Hall
State Museum of Russian Academy of Arts
Saint Petersburg, Universitetskaya embankment, 17.
Phone: (812) 323-3578, (812) 323-6496

Havana Welcomes the Cinematic Vision of Angel Orensanz

The Last Score by Angel Orensanz

Angel Orensanz presents tonight at The New Latin American Cinema Festival in Havana, Cuba his internationally acclaimed short film entitled The Last Score, a surrealistic re- interpretation of the work of Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal.

By chance of fate Orensanz’s personal work entered cinema history when he completed the shooting of his film “The Last Score ” on an island in Wales overlooking Sweden on the very day Ingmar Bergman died. The Spanish artist filmed with his crew on the cliffs of the Atlantic coast during his retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Wales.

Angel Orensanz has developed an extensive body of work as a sculptor. During his film career, partly influenced by his friendship with Luis Buñuel, he kept investigating the space between the public and the personal, the permanent and the temporary with his own artistic approach to the void and instability between the two.

Angel Orensanz frequently participates in international cinema events such as the festival in Sundance, Monaco, Florence, Tokyo, Huesca and Pilas, Rio Bravo and Cannes.

His collection of video work “The Angel Orensanz Portfolio” is available from the Circulating Library of New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

The Last Score premiers on Thursday, December 9 at 7:30 pm at the Wilfredo Lam Art Center in Havana. Curated by Jorge Fernandez three other films of Angel Orensanz are scheduled for the following days of the festival until December 12.

The Last Score by Angel Orensanz