Every person has expectations when deciding to visit an exhibition, depending on how much you already know of the art on show beforehand. Still some artists manage to take you by surprise in doing something that raises different thoughts or feelings then you imagined. Dutchman Wim T. Schippers (1942) is such an artist, he has made installations that will leave you wondering for why and how etc.
Gran Canaria, an island known for its touristic recreation, is also the place where the sculptor Martín Chirino (1925) originates from. A visit to the Castillo de la Luz (Castle of light) in Las Palmas will provide you with an overview of his work. Since March 2015 this castle houses the Martín Chirino Art and Thought Foundation dedicated to showing and studying the oeuvre of the celebrated sculptor. The building itself is restored and modified to be an tranquil backdrop for Chirino’s forged iron artworks.
In the history of art religion has played a major role. In Western Europe for example, artists mostly received commissions from the Church and their subjects were often biblical. Today religion seems to have vanished in art, or at least it is being criticized. The current exhibition ‘I am closer to you than your very self’ at Nest shows otherwise, it presents artworks by three artists with a religious background. Nest invited the artists to examine the significance of their religion in their art and life.