The Casa de Colón unravels the work 'Campesinas', by the painter Miró Mainou



The cycle Looks at the Collection, which each month focuses on a special piece of the house of columbus, is set on January 20, at 7:00 p.m., at the construction site Peasant (La Fonda, Moya), by the painter Baudilio Miró Mainou. The talk about this unique work by one of the fundamental figures of landscape abstraction in the Canary Islands will be given by the director of the Tomás Morales de Moya House-Museum, Guillermo Perdomo Hernández.

The activity, which is free of charge, will be carried out, prior registration on the website of the Casa de Colón, www.casadecolon.com/activities. Seating is limited, as usual. It is necessary to remember that in Level 3 of the health alert, to access the facilities of the Casa de Colón, all people over twelve years of age must present a Covid Certificate or a negative diagnostic test.

Recognized as one of the icons of art in the Canary Islands, Miró Mainou (Sabadell, 1921-Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 2000), closely linked to Villa de Moya, his first residence in the Canary Islands, explores the landscape of the municipality through a intimate relationship with nature, influence clearly reflected in peasants, canvas dated between 1950 and 1955. The work, belonging to the Casa de Colón painting collection, although deposited in the Tomás Morales de Moya House-Museum, can be admired these days in the temporary exhibition 'Miró Mainou (1940 -1955). The spirit of the landscape', which hosts the Casa de Colón until next January 30.

The painting on which Guillermo Perdomo will speak is a canvas on board, 32 x 40 centimeters, which It reflects a well-known enclave in Moya and is a clear example of the artist's fascination with the rural landscape of Gran Canaria. His special gaze tending towards abstraction led him to capture new aspects of the island environment, especially during the first years of his long stay on the island. That is why Perdomo will also refer in his talk to other emblematic works whose protagonist is the landscape of the northern municipality, such as Road to Josefa, El Roque, View of Moya or Moja in winter. All of them are works that reflect the special landscape idiosyncrasy of the municipality, from the summit to the coast.

'Exhibition Miró Mainou (1940-1955) The spirit of the landscape'

Looks at the Collection It is a permanent activity that proposes an approach of the public to museum works or temporary exhibitions, focusing each month on a specific work. In parallel, the Casa de Colón maintains until next January 30 the exhibition Mainou looked. The spirit of the landscape (1940-1955). On the occasion of the commemoration in 2021 of the centenary of the birth of the famous landscape painter, winner of the Canarian Fine Arts Prize in 1992, the museum center collects in this exhibition the works of the artist's formative period before his arrival in Gran Canaria (1940-1949 ), as well as works from the first years of his stay on the island. It can be visited for free, from Monday to Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sundays and holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The special relevance of this exhibition, as highlighted at the time by the Minister of Culture, Guacimara Medina, is the possibility of having unpublished pieces by the artist, belonging to private collections, which have been seen for the first time in Gran Canaria. In this way, the public has the opportunity to get closer to the plastic gaze of the artist through the natural landscapes of Gran Canaria and Catalonia, his native land.

The exhibition that hosts the Casa de Colón is divided into two parts. On the one hand, in one of the rooms there are twenty works with Mainou's stage in his training period, which reflect his links with his teachers and his trips to the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean in his early years, between 1940 and 1949. That same year he arrived in Gran Canaria for the first time, where he settled in Villa de Moya, beginning the exploration of the landscape in his paintings. The exhibition ends with a brief look at the best-known work in Gran Canaria, between the 70s and 80s. In this comparison you can see his evolution as an artist, going from a landscape of the representation of reality to a more expressionist one, almost abstract.

He looked at Mainou (1940-1955). the spirit of the landscape brings together pieces, mainly oils on canvas or board, from private collections, from the holdings of the Casa de Colón and from collaboration with other institutions, such as the Moya City Council and the Caja de Canarias Foundation, as well as from the Miró Mainou family archive , which has provided photographs.

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