Thursday July 27
The Center for Olimpo Cultural in Merida presents a unique exhibition, “Puño, palma, pulso,” showcasing the sculptural work of renowned artist Gerda Gruber. This collection comprises a selection of her art created over the past two decades, reflecting her profound connection with nature and artistic evolution.
A Symphony of Nature:
Gerda Gruber’s collection consists of approximately 80 pieces in various formats, from small sculptures to magnificent monuments. Crafted from materials such as wood, bronze, clay, mud, henequen, bamboo, and jute, each artwork celebrates the natural resources with which the artist surrounds herself in her home in Cholul, where she has resided for over 35 years.
Catálogo de Semillas
The exhibition commences with the striking “Catálogo de Semillas,” featuring three clay containers nestled in a sea of ashes. Conceptually, it serves as a poignant reminder of the planet’s reliance on seeds and nature. A profound reflection on our connection with the earth and the origin of life.
Yuyas - Nests of Life
Continuing the journey, visitors encounter the “Yuyas,” nests fashioned from henequen and other organic materials, gently suspended from the ceiling. These sculptures evoke the sacred privilege of life’s origin, inviting us to feel a sense of connectedness with nature.
One of the most emotionally charged pieces, “Navegando hacia,” presents a boat adorned with crosses, bamboo, and small containers. This poignant work pays homage to all those who lost their lives during the recent pandemic, encouraging contemplation and serenity.
The Workshop of Gerda Gruber
The exhibition unfolds into Gerda Gruber’s workshop in Cholul, where guardian trees welcome and observe visitors. This picturesque landscape showcases pieces in wood, bronze, porcelain, and clay, evoking the ambiance of the workshop’s garden. The sculptures illustrate the humanity within each piece, emphasizing the significance of our surroundings.
A Poetic Masterpiece
The “Puño, palma, pulso” exhibition is a poetic masterpiece that invites contemplation of our relationship with the natural world. Each sculpture pulsates in harmony with the earth and the artist’s soul. Gerda Gruber has undoubtedly left an indelible mark on the artistic horizon of Yucatan and Mexico, and this exhibition attests to her creative genius and love for nature.
About the author
Gerda Gruber, born in Bratislava, Slovakia, pursued her studies in visual arts with a specialization in sculpture at the Hochschule für angewandte Kunst. She is the founder of the clay sculpture workshop at the National School of Plastic Arts of UNAM, where three generations of sculptors have graduated under her mentorship. Her artistic impact extends beyond Mexico, as she has actively participated in various art activities in cities such as Monterrey. In 2001, Gerda initiated the Gruber Jez Foundation, dedicated to promoting and educating in the field of plastic arts through research and experimental workshops in sculpture. For her remarkable career and contributions in reviving ceramic techniques in Mexico, Gerda Gruber was honored with the Yucatan Medal in 2018. Her life’s work stands as a testament to her profound connection with nature and her profound influence on the artistic community.
Do not miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the enchanting world of “Puño, palma, pulso” This exhibition invites exploration, reflection, and an appreciation of the rhythm of life encapsulated in each sculpture. Gerda Gruber’s artwork reminds us that with fist, palm, and pulse, we can leave an enduring mark on the world around us. Visit this extraordinary showcase and allow yourself to be carried away by the magic of nature transformed into art.
Exhibit will be at the Olimpo until August 20th (possibly a bit longer)
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