press release

Lorenzelli Arte, inaugurating on Friday, September 22nd, 2006 a complimentary show in honour of Miguel Berrocal, one of the most important European sculptors since the second world war, is partecipating in the opening of the Milan 2007 exposition season promoted by the galleries associated with Start Milano. The exhibition can be also visited on Saturday, 23rd and on Sunday, 24th from 12.00 am to 8 pm.

Miguel Ortíz Berrocal, born in 1933 in Villanueva de Algaidas in the province of Malaga, Spain, revealed his love for art at a very early age. He completed his schooling frequenting ecletically both the academic world as well as the Facultad de Ciencias Exatas in Madrid, and, in 1960, after having been in contact with cultural circles first in Rome and then in Paris, he decided to devote himself entirely to sculpture.

He started working with iron in a way that made him famous and and known throughout the world. His first sculptures, in forged and soldered iron, produced in the mid fifties, are shown in this exhibition. These sculptures can be presented in various positions and have various interpretations on the part of the spectator, who may then select the one he finds most congenial. Contemporary sculpture therefore, a game (on both parts one could say) based on the fantasy of the artist, is thus conceived and completed as a unit that can be reinterpreted in many and always different versions, which the user can study and set in a form which cannot ever be conceived as a definitive solution.

Exhibited at the show are thiry five sculptures in iron and bronze dated 1955 to 1965.

A further radicalization of this idea was to be the distinguishing feature of the works that followed in the immediate future from which were born the famous modular sculptures which could be disassembled: the artist wanted to create a sculptured being which could interpret the meaning of a body, its proportions and dimensions (a sculptured body to represent analogously a human body: famous are the reinterpretations of the male and female classical torsos, from those of mythological times to our days). From the monumental sculptures to the precious realizations of jewel of the seventies and eighties, to the micro-sculpture and to the achievement of a series of multiples for a sculpture accessible to everyone, Berrocal's world tells a story of infinite manipulations of objects and parts in order to create a supreme image of sculpture, seen and conceived in its totality, and then seen as it dissolves because of an analysis which disassembles its elements, in a process of research of its meaning and of its structural composition.

Catalogue: Lorenzelli Arte No118, in Italian and English, with critical contributions by Bruno Alfieri, Denys Chevalier, Kosme de Barañano, Robert C. Morgan, Vittorio Sgarbi, and colour reproductions of all the exhibited works.

Miguel Berrocal died on the 31st of May, 2006 at the age of 72.


Miguel Berrocal
1955/65 iron and bronze scultures