YEAR 7 - EVRU - Evru

Dongda, The Great Bell

Evru is not an artist that creates indifference. Formerly named Zush (until 2001) and born as Albert Porta, he has been a creator who has reinvented himself throughout his long career. Defined as an artist, scientist and mystic, Evru has created an imaginary space with its own language and symbology.
The Great Bell, Dongda is personal and relevant work that fascinates and stirs at the same time. It was one of the last works he did as Zush. For the artist to conceive The Great Bell represented an act of double creation: the art of its conceptual and aesthetic composition embodied in the mold and the almost magical process of its casting in bronze that could be compared to the birth of a new being.
Evru through Dongda wants to recover the tradition of ringing the bells. Thus the observer is never passive in the presence of The Great Bell: he can intervene in the action of making it vibrate or in the process of receiving the acoustic message. His sensory stimulation can both bring together the close community and promote the spiritual union of one with himself, with humanity and with the universe.
Recollection, depth and symbolic communication with the hereafter, as a way to break limits and seek new answers.
From now on, visitors who will visit Mas Blanch i Jové’s The Artists’ Vineyard will be able to enter the forest, play, communicate, meditate or simply listen how the landscape vibrates with the sound of the Dongda.

"We installed Dongda, The Great Bell enraptured in a small forest so the visitors can touch it and for its good vibrations expand throughout the vineyards" Evru

"Thanks to my great friend Frederic Amat I met Sara Balasch and Joan Jové; they visited my studio-cave and immediately their enthusiasm and purity of spirit convinced me of the wonderful experience that would be participating in the Artists' Vineyard" Evru


The event of the YEAR 7 - EVRU at the Artists' Vineyard
Saó Expressiu 2013 a Evru


Barcelona, 1946
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In 1968, the artist Albert Porta decided to turn himself into Zush, setting out to create the Evrugo Mental State, an imaginary land with its own communication codes and symbols (alphabet, hymn, flag, passport, currency, and so on). From the beginning of his career his work has focussed on painting and drawing. In the mid-1980s, Zush began to bring digital technologies into his work, becoming one of the pioneers in Spain in hypermedia and online productions. During that period he developed the concept of PsicoManualDigital, which addresses the intrinsic union between mind, physical and manual practice and technological prostheses. He was awarded prestigious grants from the Fundación Juan March and the William Fulbright Foundation for studies at M.I.T. in Boston (1975) and Berlin’s D.A.A.D. (1986), enabling him to widen his international experience.
In 2001, on the occasion of his retrospective exhibition [ZUSH: Tecura], at the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Zush chose to shed himself of his alter ego, which had been with him for the first thirty-three years of his career, and turn himself into Evru. He would call himself ArtCienMist: artist, scientist and mystic.
Evru has had a distinguished career. Ever since his first exhibition in 1964 at Galeria René Metras in Barcelona, his work has been widely shown nationally and internationally. For the two retrospective exhibitions opened in the year 2000, [ZUSH: La Campanada], at the Museo Reina Sofía MNCARS, Madrid (2000), and [ZUSH: Tecura], at MACBA, Barcelona (2000¬–2001), he was awarded the 2000-2001 Barcelona City Prize. He has done other important retrospective exhibitions at the Nus National Gallery, Singapore (2006); Today Art Museum, Beijing, China (2007) and MoMA Duo Lun, Shanghai, China (2007). In 2003, he was awarded a prize from the A.C.C.A. (Catalan Association of Contemporary Art Critics) in Barcelona for his solo show [De Zush a Evru], held at Galeria Joan Prats and Joan Prats-Artgràfic, Barcelona. He has participated in leading international exhibitions, including Documenta VI, Kassel, Germany (1977), New Images from Spain (1980), at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and Magiciens de la Terre (1989), organized by the Centre Pompidou, Paris.
His work is found in various national and international collections, including: Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago; Solomon R.; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York; Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco; Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen, Germany; CaixaForum Barcelona; Fundación Juan March, Madrid; MACBA Barcelona; and MNCARS, Madrid, amongst others.

Other works of the artist