Lucas Arruda, Untitled (from the "Deserto-Modelo" series), 2020, oil on canvas, 30 x 30 cm

Lucas Arruda presents landscapes situated between abstraction and figuration in his new solo show in Madrid

(Madrid, Spain)

Fundación Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Madrid presents for the first time in Spain an exhibition of the artist Lucas Arruda. The Library of the Ateneo de Madrid is hosting, until March 8, Assum Preto, Arruda’s first monothematic exhibition on forests showing more than twenty paintings created over the last ten years. The paintings in the exhibition, which include a significant number of works being shown for the first time, come from international museums, foundations and private collections, in addition to the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo collection itself.

In the words of the curator, Hans Ulrich Obrist, “Arruda’s research is developed around landscape, and this exhibition proposes a live experience that operates through the mediation of light and the gaze, opening up to unexpected experiences, giving rise to narratives and encounters, creating a bond between visibility and invisibility, and the paradox of a well-guarded public secret. Assum Preto is deployed in the space in such a way that no two visits to this complex and stimulating exhibition are the same, enabling it to develop a life of its own”.

In his work, Lucas Arruda examines some of the contemporary mental states and, through his paintings, slide projections and light installations, his landscapes are situated between abstraction and figuration, between apparition and emptiness. With each look, the experiences are demarcated in a process of construction and reconstruction of memory. Thus, Arruda places us before atmospheres charged with both visual and metaphysical questions, between heaven and earth, the ethereal and the solid, imagination and reality.

The show will also include the publication of a bilingual Spanish/English book to be presented on 21 February to coincide with the 42nd edition of ARCOmadrid.

“Assum Preto”, solo show by Lucas Arruda
February 1st until March8, 2023
Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist

Biblioteca del Ateneo de Madrid
C/ del Prado, 21. 28014
From Monday to Sunday, 11am to 8pm
Free access


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