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The installations of Argentinean visual artist Leandro Erlich question the perception of reality through simulations and optical effects. The artist manipulates everyday situations and spaces in order to establish a parallel reality that is linked to the sole, objective truth.
In his first individual exhibition in Spain, Erlich presents one of his most ambitious projects –La Torre (The Tower). Installed in the Nouvel Courtyard and produced especially for the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, La Torre is a tall building decorated like a block of flats, complete with windows and corridors, and consists of a mirror device that creates a play on perspectives, in which the observer sees himself and is seen depending on his location. Visitors on the lower level can see what is happening on the upper level, and vice versa. In addition, the people inside the installation appear to float when seen by those who are looking through the windows from the outside. The public’s participation in La Torre is essential to completing the allegorical significance proposed by Erlich.
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