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Eduardo Arroyo. The Mystic Lamb

04.07.2012 - 30.09.2012

Eduardo Arroyo. The Mystic Lamb constitutes a reflection by Arroyo on the contemporary meaning of the polyptych in Ghent painted by the brothers Hubert and Jan van Eyck. The exhibition includes twenty-one drawings of the panels of The Mystic Lamb or Ghent Altarpiece, thirty examples of preparatory material again based on those panels, and three further works by Arroyo, displayed alongside The Fountain of Grace (1430), a painting by the School of Van Eyck in the Prado’s collection that is also based on The Ghent Altarpiece.In Arroyo’s work, the figures in The Mystic Lamb Altarpiece in Ghent become characters from modern society. Thus Adam and Eve are dressed in contemporary fashion; the Virgin and Saint John are reading Joyce and Stendhal; around them the heavenly choirs are transformed into Golden Girls as “a tribute to everyone who puts music into our paintings”; Cain uses a revolver to kill Abel; the Flemish setting is shifted to the Puerta de Alcalá and the Plaza de Castilla in Madrid; the donors become Citizen Kane and his “wife”, Peggy Guggenheim, while behind the two of them (the richest people in the world, according to Arroyo), we see a dollar sign symbolising wealth and the Protestant mythology of money; between Kane and Peggy are the two Saint Johns, here transformed into Van Gogh and Oscar Wilde, “two victims of society”; while the judges and knights setting out to worship the Lamb in the lower part of the Van Eycks’ altarpiece are now dictators (Mobutu, Pinochet, Pot Pot, Franco, etc), and the hermits and pilgrims in the original work are particular emigrants or exiles whom Arroyo has often commemorated: Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein and Walter Benjamin. The most significant change between the original and Arroyo’s version is, however, the central lower panel as the Lamb, depicted by the Van Eycks as a symbol of salvation and fountain of life, is replaced by a textile with a pattern of numerous flies, an image inevitably associated with death. Thus the overall message of the work is altered, while it also includes one of the artist’s most characteristic motifs, namely the fly.

Curator:
José Manuel Matilla, Head of the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Museo Nacional del Prado

Access

Room D. Jerónimos Building

Opening time

Monday to Saturday from 10am to 8pm. Sunday and holidays from 10am to 7pm

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Artworks

1

The Mystic Lamb

Eduardo Arroyo
2008-2009
Graphite on fibre paper
Madrid, the artist’s collection

2

Fly

Eduardo Arroyo
Mixed technique, 22 x 16 x 13.5 cm
1999
Madrid, the artist’s collection

3

Fly

Eduardo Arroyo
Mixed technique, 22 x 16 x 13.5 cm
1999
Madrid, the artist’s collection
 

4

Fly

Eduardo Arroyo
Mixed technique, 22 x 16 x 13.5 cm
1999
Madrid, the artist’s collection
 

5

Peggy Guggenheim

Eduardo Arroyo
Pencil on paper, 69 x 49 cm
2009
Madrid, the artist’s collection

6

Lysbette Borluut (Peggy Guggenheim)

Eduardo Arroyo
Mixed technique on paper, 21.3 x 20 cm
2008
Madrid, the artist’s collection

7

Lysbette Borluut (Peggy Guggenheim)

Eduardo Arroyo
Mixed technique on paper, 21.2 x 16.2 cm
2008 - 2009
Madrid, the artist’s collection

8

Banker

Eduardo Arroyo
Mixed technique on paper, 21.2 x 16.2 cm
2008 - 2009
Madrid, the artist’s collection

9

Orson Welles (Citizen Kane)

Eduardo Arroyo
Pencil on paper, 35 x 24.5 cm
2008 - 2009
Madrid, the artist’s collection

10

Banker and Orson Welles

Eduardo Arroyo
Mixed technique on paper, 24.3 x 25 cm
2008 - 2009
Madrid, the artist’s collection

11

Double Saint John the Baptist

Eduardo Arroyo
Pencil on paper, 68 x 49 cm
2009
Madrid, the artist’s collection
 

12

Saint John the Baptist

Eduardo Arroyo
Pencil on paper, 21.2 x 17.1 cm
2008 - 2009
Madrid, the artist’s collection
 

13

Saint John the Baptist

Eduardo Arroyo
Pencil on paper, 44.5 x 33.5 cm
2008
Madrid, the artist’s collection

14

Oscar Wilde

Eduardo Arroyo
Pencil on paper, 28.2 x 23.7 cm
2008 - 2009
Madrid, the artist’s collection

15

Oscar Wilde

Eduardo Arroyo
Pencil on paper, 35.5 x 19.5 cm
2008 - 2009
Madrid, the artist’s collection

16

Wilde

Eduardo Arroyo
Pencil on paper, 26.5 x 19 cm
2008 - 2009
Madrid, the artist’s collection

17

4 Golden Girls

Eduardo Arroyo
Mixed technique on paper, 49 x 69 cm
2009
Madrid, the artist’s collection

18

Golden Girl (Singing Angels)

Eduardo Arroyo
Pencil on paper, 29.8 x 21 cm
2008
Madrid, the artist’s collection

19

Golden Girl (Singing Angels)

Eduardo Arroyo
Pencil on paper, 29.8 x 21 cm
2008
Madrid, the artist’s collection

20

Golden Girl (Singing Angels)

Eduardo Arroyo
Pencil on paper, 21 x 29.8 cm
2008
Madrid, the artist’s collection

21

Sibyl (Flies)

Eduardo Arroyo
Mixed technique on fibre paper, 79 x 33.3 cm
2008 - 2009
Madrid, the artist’s collection

22

Sibyl (Fabrics)

Eduardo Arroyo
Mixed technique on fibre paper, 80 x 35.5 cm
2008 - 2009
Madrid, the artist’s collection

23

Prophet (Fabrics)

Eduardo Arroyo
Mixed technique on fibre paper, 29.5 x 69.7 cm
2008 - 2009
Madrid, the artist’s collection

24

Mystic and Fly

Eduardo Arroyo
Pencil on paper, 45.7 x 35 cm
1995
Madrid, the artist’s collection

25

Mystic and Fly

Eduardo Arroyo
Pencil on paper, 42 x 31.9 cm
1995
Madrid, the artist’s collection

26

Mystic and Fly

Eduardo Arroyo
Pencil on paper, 39.7 x 40.5 cm
1995
Madrid, the artist’s collection
 

27

Le Rouge et le Noir

Eduardo Arroyo
Pencil on paper, 68 x 49 cm
2009
Madrid, the artist’s collection

28

Le Rouge et le Noir

Eduardo Arroyo
Pencil on paper, 19 x 27.2 cm
2008 - 2009
Madrid, the artist’s collection

29

Direction

Eduardo Arroyo
Pencil on paper, 24.5 x 27.7 cm
2008 - 2009
Madrid, the artist’s collection

30

Van Gogh

Eduardo Arroyo
Pencil on paper, 31 x 31 cm
2002
Madrid, the artist’s collection

31

Van Gogh

Eduardo Arroyo
Pencil on paper, 33 x 27.5 cm
2008 - 2009
Madrid, the artist’s collection
 

32

Van Gogh

Eduardo Arroyo
Pencil on paper, 50 x 70 cm
2008
Madrid, the artist’s collection

33

Van Gogh

Eduardo Arroyo
Pencil on paper, 20 x 33.5 cm
2008 - 2009
Madrid, the artist’s collection

34

Van Gogh’s Ear

Eduardo Arroyo
Pencil on paper, 27.5 x 21.5 cm
2008 - 2009
Madrid, the artist’s collection

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