Llena (1942), a pioneer in conceptual and povera art in Spain, defends, from the beginning of his career, the idea that the contemporary world is a fragile world where the great proclamations -political and aesthetic- have no consistency anymore. He announces that the market will cease to be an exchange, to become speculation and that information will become misinformation. A perspective that remains fully valid in the current context.
In fact, his work “Món” [“World”] consists of a stainless steel ribbon containing a fragment written in Catalan (translation Jem Cabanes) of a poem in German by Robert Walser: “From among the vagaries of the world arise, completely cofois, worlds that are very deep, that flee like vagabonds to other worlds that, they say, are of the most precious.They offer good and running, they offer good and fleeing, living is a migration for them, now, to me, I don’t care, because that way I can aspire to the world that is a simple world yet to be demolished”.
Walser’s writing evokes the idea that the world is always under construction: constantly being destroyed and built. In motion, in catharsis. Walser was one of the most important Swiss authors of the twentieth century, and whose literature delved into everyday life and the small details of life, with an innovative formal expression that influenced authors such as Frank Kafka, Susan Sontag, John Maxwell Coetzee or Elfriede Jelinek.
Already at the end of 2019 we were working with the artist to find the place in the vineyard where this piece could be installed. Antoni Llena was looking for an unique place. This space was the back of the Cabana del Guino, a small vaulted hut from the late nineteenth century and which Llena renamed La Barraqueta. A wild place, like a manger, perfect to stand, see the sky and read. His space, within the space of The Artists’ Vineyard.
In this place Llena’s work clings like a vine to the old walls of ruin. A hidden poem, like the one lived during childhood, that never dies and you always find it again and allows you to relive emotions hidden among the stones of memory.
The totally outdoor party featured the Free’t Collective show “Cuirasses i Nius” and a snack-dinner paired with wines from the winery and music by Bach.
Pictures: Aida Alsan, Elsa García i Montse Solà