Asier Mendizabal

Birth placeSpain Birth date1973

Mendizabal has been constructing a remarkable body of work over the past fifteen years, in which he pays most attention to the relations between form, discourse and ideology. The question of the sign and its materiality and identification as a social and political emblem has a central place among his interests.

The artist puts into perspective the complex articulations between the aesthetic and the political, and reconsiders the legacies, the possibilities, but also the failures, of the tradition of sculpture as a monument, certain historical artistic vanguards, political and militant cinema or punk music movements. Even though abstract sculpture is his most representative register, Mendizabal’s work unfolds in any number of other mediums, from film to silkscreen, from flags to photographic series and collages, always with an instinctive feel for sculptural and graphic form.

Asier Mendizabal’s solo exhibitions include Manifesta 5 (2004); shows at W139, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2006); Artis Den Bosch, The Netherlands (2007-2008); Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain (2007); Fundación Marcelo Botín Santander, Spain (2007); Museum of Contemporary Art, MACBA in Barcelona, Spain (2008); Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany (2009); Artium-Centro Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria, Spain (2009).

More recent shows include his first survey exhibition outside of Spain And/Or, at Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal (2010); the 4th Bucharest Biennale, Bulgaria (2010) and the show Às Artes Cidadãos! at the Museum Serralves in Porto, Portugal (2010). In 2011 MNCARS in Madrid, (Spain) dedicated a comprehensive solo show to Mendizabal. He was also featured at 54th Venice Biennale (2011) and in 2016 he presented his work within the research and exhibition project in Museo de Arte Precolombino Casa del Alabado, in Quito, Ecuador. In 2015 he was invited to participate in the 31st São Paulo Biennale, Brasil. His latest comprehensive show was Makotu/Incurvar in Fundación-Museo Jorge Oteiza, Azuza, Navarra, Spain (2018).

His work is part of internacional public collections such as Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS), Madrid, Spain; MACBA, Barcelona, Spain; ARTIUM, Vitoria, Spain; Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea (CGAC), Santiago de Compostela, Spain; Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain; Fundació Banc de Sabadell, Spain; Fundació “La caixa”, Barcelona, Spain; Fondation Kadist, Paris, France; Julia Stoschek, Düsseldorf, Germany; and Schröder Collection, Germany.

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