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Infinite Garden

Museo Nacional del Prado. Madrid 7/4/2016 - 10/2/2016

The Museo del Prado is presenting Infinite Garden, a specially created installation made possible through the sole sponsorship of Fundación BBVA. Taking its starting point from Bosch’s masterpiece The Garden of Earthly Delights, it has been specifically designed for Room C of the Museum.

Infinite Garden comprises a multi-projection on 18 video channels of a video and audio work lasting 75 minutes and accompanied by 16 soundtracks. The installation’s creators have reinterpreted and reconstructed images from The Garden of Earthly Delights in order to offer a completely new work.

This new video installation by Álvaro Perdices and filmmaker Andrés Sanz includes an original soundtrack composed for it by musicians Santiago Rapallo and Javier Adán.

Infinite Garden has been conceived to create a totally immersive atmosphere which allows spectators to enter Bosch’s famous triptych through a perceptual space, moving around the Earthly Paradise, the Garden of Earthly Delights and Hell in the company of numerous figures, creatures and bodies. 

Infinite Garden dissects, breaks up and reassembles details from the painting’s multiple pictorial worlds, generating a totally sensory space that is in turn wrapped in a soundtrack with three-dimensional elements. The fragmented images, changes of scale and surprising micro-narratives take on a new dimension, producing the same type of amazement that Bosch’s work has always aroused.

These fragmented details together create a journey through the world of “significant detail” which both fascinates and frustrates due to our inability to grasp in its entirety a spatial arrangement that dissolves the object in the experience.

The creators: Álvaro Perdices / Andrés Sanz

The soundtrack: Javier Adán / Santiago Rapallo

Length: 75 minutes

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The creators

The creators
Infinite Garden
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Álvaro Perdices (born Madrid, 1971)

After living in Los Angeles for almost twenty years, Álvaro Perdices now works as an exhibition coordinator at the Museo del Prado in Madrid. He obtained a Fine Arts degree at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, followed by an MA at CSULA and a Master of Fine Arts at UCLA. In 2011 he moved back to Spain and soon after presented an exhibition of his work at the EACC in Castellón. Perdices’ work has also been the subject of solo exhibitions in spaces such as La Casa Encendida in Madrid, Sin Duda Exhibitions in Los Angeles, the Espacio Mínimo and Marta Cervera galleries in Madrid, and the Casa sin fin gallery in Cáceres and Madrid. He has also participated in group exhibitions at the Kathry Brennan Gallery in Los Angeles, the Meridian Gallery in San Francisco, the Instituto Cervantes in Miami, the Mahmoud Khalil Museum in Cairo, Unit 11 in Los Angeles, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the CASA in Salamanca, the Fundación Marcelino Botín in Santander, the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, the MAN (Sardinia), 207 Gallery in Los Angeles, the Fundació Tàpies, and the DIDAM in Bayonne. Álvaro Perdices has curated exhibitions on artists such as Paul McCarthy, Catherine Opie and Jason Rhoades, among others. His work is represented in public and private collections, including the MNCARS, the Armand Hammer Museum, EACC, the Banco de España, the Skadden Foundation, Cal Cego, and Fundación Helga de Alvear. 

Andrés Sanz (born Madrid, 1969)

Andrés Sanz is a writer and film director and producer. After obtaining a Fine Arts degree from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, he studied filmmaking at the University of North Carolina (Greensboro) and subsequently obtained an MA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Sanz has directed various short films including Emily, Greensboro 1995, which won the prize for best film at the New York Expo of Short Film. In 2002 he founded the production company La Piscina in New York and was awarded a grant by the Brooklyn Arts Council to complete his award-winning short film Bedford, which was included in the exhibition The Shadow at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. In 2009 Sanz worked with Isabella Rossellini on his tenth short film, Flat Love, which earned critical praise and was shown at numerous festivals and institutions. 

The soundtrack

The soundtrack
Infinite Garden
Image of the video installation

Javier Adán (born Madrid, 1975) and Santiago Rapallo (born Madrid, 1974)

Musicians Javier Adán and Santiago Rapallo, both with lengthy careers as members of various ensembles, have worked in a wide range of musical formats, from acoustic to the new technologies.

They have collaborated since 2010 on the composition and creation of music for projects that include dance, audio visual projections and musical performances. Adán and Sanz’s music makes use of electronic instruments, subtractive synthesis, granular synthesis, sound treatment and processing, and advanced computer-based languages such as Supercollider, in addition to acoustic instruments, using them to create a unique sound universe as the basis for their compositions. 

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