Prohens presents with the artist Pedro Cabrita Reis the exhibition “Mar interior”, to be inaugurated in the Lonja

Sep 15, 2023 | Current affairs, Featured, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

The president of the government advances that it will work to maintain a permanent program of international artists of the highest level in Lonja.

Cabrita Reis defines the Lonja as a magical space and explains that when she was offered the space she could not give it up

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Prohens presents

The president of the Government of the Balearic Islands, Margalida Prohens, presented today at a press conference with the artist Pedro Cabrita Reis the creative proposal of the Portuguese artist, designed for the Lonja under the title “Inland Sea”, referring to how it was known in classical culture to the Mediterranean Sea, which will open tomorrow and will remain until next February.

Prohens stressed that with this work, “the unique, singular and genuine space” of the Lonja “is reopened to culture, reopened to the citizens to bring them art and do it by the hand of international artists of recognized prestige”. The president of the Government has highlighted Cabrita Reis “his genius, his innovation in contemporary art and how he has changed the way of understanding art in his country,” and thanked him for having worked on this proposal designed ad hoc for the Lonja de Palma.

The president has advanced that “this will not be an isolated event”, but that “we will work so that in this space of the Lonja there is a permanent program of artists of the highest level to which opens the way Cabrita Reis”.

Cabrita has defined the Lonja as a magical space, pointing out that “all magical spaces have inscrutable secrets that pose a labyrinth to the artist”. “With the proposal to exhibit in the Lonja, I am given the opportunity to shine and, therefore, the work has 700 led lamps that make up this sea, which is more than water, which is more than borders: it is a part of everyone and a cradle.” He had defined his proposal in this way, pointing out that when he was offered to work in the Lonja he could not give up.

The assembly of the work by Cabrita Reis began last Monday, September 4 and will be inaugurated tomorrow as a prelude to the Nit de l’Art de Palma. The Govern de les Illes Balears carry out the initiative in full collaboration with the City Council of Palma and the gallery Kewenig.

Pedro Cabrita Reis (Lisbon, 1956) is one of the most prestigious contemporary Portuguese artists. His work has transformed the understanding of painting and sculpture in his country since the 1980s and he is known for his large-scale works, in which he uses construction materials, and for his work with light. Since 1979, Cabrita has dedicated his life to art. His first international exhibition took place in Antwerp in 1987. Since then his work has been exhibited in institutions around the world, such as the Tate Modern in London and the Hamburger Kunsthalle in Hamburg. He is part of renowned collections such as the Folkwang Museum in Essen, Germany, and the MUDAM (Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean) in Luxembourg. In 1992, Cabrita participated in Documenta IX and in 2003 he represented Portugal at the 50th Venice Biennale.