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Transformation opening at the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum in Bratislava


“The Transformation exhibition is the result of an evolution from 2000 to 2017, with dreams, working with passion and dedication, with satisfaction and only a very few disappointments. It is so emotional for me to see my art in this new monumental space. Some of these works, like my Fly series, have migrated to many countries – from Mallorca to Alexandria, Bonn, Brussels, Dubai, Madrid, Seoul, Torino, and now Bratislava, giving me some new reflections and answers, and showing me how well-connected my works can be in their own diversity.

Here at the Danubiana Museum, I can understand the dialogue between my different creative directions.
All this is what I want to share with you.
To love and to believe that what I do, every new step, brings me closer toward a new vision and to a new dream…”
Artist Francesca Martí, from her opening speech.

Curator Pilar Ribal, from her opening speech:

“As a little girl, and due to her circumstances, Francesca started very early to be creative, making her own toys and dresses. She spent many hours dreaming alone, inventing stories that became a reality over the years, as she explained to me when we were talking about her childhood, a time that wasn’t always easy. Later on, she began to study the fine arts. Working hard as always, she decided to become an artist, a painter who was inspired by her environment and her own observations.

The incidental falling of a common house fly into red pigment, while she was drawing on the table in her studio, guided her to seek out new technologies and stimulated the expansion of her previous paintings to the fusion of them with photography, performance and video. These techniques became precious tools in her hands, which brought life and movement to what were formerly static canvases. This is the starting point of Martí ‘s Transformation exhibition, which includes about 70 complex and multi-media works created over the past 17 years during a career that expands three decades.

Transformation introduces us to this global world defined by inter-connectivity and sophisticated communication devices. It explores some of the issues and goals that we humans have to face individually and collectively, such as migration and mass communication. It also shows the possibility for chaos and confusion, and just how quickly today’s news becomes contemporary history. Francesca continues to devote her creative energy to examine the different emotions, the ideas and the impulses that move us and help us to redefine our individual personalities and changing identities.

A key presence in this show is the sculpture of Ma’at, the Egyptian goddess of harmony, justice and equilibrium, who appears twice in these rooms. She closes the Transformation exhibition with a positive message: it is still possible to transform this world into a better place, and to transform our worries and difficulties into positive opportunities, as she, Francesca Martí, has always done in her life and throughout her artistic career.”