Carmelo Arden Quin
biography

Born in 1913 in Riviera, Uruguay, he began to be interested in art at a young age thanks to the encouragement of the Catalan writer and family friend Emilio Sans. In 1935 he met Joaquin Torres-Garcia, someone who was to be all-important for his artistic-professional orientation. In fact, Torres-Garcia had shortly returned from Europe where he had come to know Mondrian and Seuphor and, together with them, he had founded in 1930 the Cercle et Carré group. 

 

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biography

Born in 1913 in Riviera, Uruguay, he began to be interested in art at a young age thanks to the encouragement of the Catalan writer and family friend Emilio Sans. In 1935 he met Joaquin Torres-Garcia, someone who was to be all-important for his artistic-professional orientation. In fact, Torres-Garcia had shortly returned from Europe where he had come to know Mondrian and Seuphor and, together with them, he had founded in 1930 the Cercle et Carré group.

Torres-Garcia became Carmelo Arden Quin’s mentor and the young man was impressed, above all, by his transformable and adjustable sculptures. In 1936 Arden Quin created his first irregularly-outlined and non-orthogonal works. In the same year some of these works were exhibited at the Casa de España, Montevideo.

Towards the end of 1937 he moved to Buenos Aires where he frequented avant-garde artists and enrolled for the courses at the university’s faculty of philosophy and literature. In 1938 he joined the Grupo de pintores de vanguardia group together with Guy Ponce De Léon, Pablo Becker, Luis Lloret Castels, and Amaury Sarmiento. In 1941 he was the co-founder of the magazine “El Universitario” and, in 1944, he founded the Arturo group with Edgard Bailey, Gyulia Kosice, Tomàs Maldonado, and Lidy Prati, and together they published a magazine with the same name. In 1945 he organised, together with Enrique Pichòn Rivére, president of the Sociedad Psicoanalitica Argentina, the first exhibition of Arte Concreto Invenciòn. In 1946 the Arturo group of artists split into the Asociación Arte Concreto Invención and the Gruppo Madi, the manifesto of the latter group was given a public reading by Arden Quin on 3 August 1946 at the Institut Français des Hautes Études in Buenos Aires. In this period the artist made works with polygonal frames, and abandoned a flat and frontal vision in order to create irregularly curved forms in wood or cardboard which alternated convex and concave forms that, later on, he was to call “Formesgalbée”. Furthermore, he began to create his “Coplanals”, works consisting of diverse polygons, at times joined together and at others separated, as well as mobiles and pictures/objects.

Having moved to Paris in 1948, Carmelo Arden Quin began to frequent the greatest artists and exponents of European and international culture: Vantongerloo, Michel Seuphor, MarcelleCahn, Auguste Herbin, Jean Arp, Georges Braque, and Francis Picabia. He created the Centre de Recherches et d’Études MADI in his studio in Rue Froidvaux and experimented with works with various combinations of colours and mobile structures: his “mobiles”.

Together with the Madi group he exhibited annually at the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, and at the Colette Allendy, Denise René, and Suzanne Michel galleries, to mention just the best-known galleries of the time.

In the 1950s he created works from white plastic or enameled and polished wood. This was a very lengthy process given that each layer had to be perfectly dry before the next application. In 1954 in Buenos Aires he founded the Arte Nuevo group that held its first show at the Van Riel gallery. In Paris he published “Opplimos” and edited the magazine “Ailleurs”; in the 1960s he joined the Concrete Poetry movement.

He created mobile works and, until the 1970s, he worked with collage, decoupage, and picture-objects, while he continued to experiment with H-shaped forms which led to fractioned reliefs open in two directions. In 1970-71, after fifteen years of abstinence, he began to paint again; he re-elaborated the “Coplanals” and the “Formesgalbées”. In this period he held many group and solo shows in museums and private and public galleries in Europe and America; he continued his activity as a cultural promoter and published poems, novels, and art books. In 1986 he held his first solo show in Italy at the Sincron gallery, Brescia; this was followed over the years by others, many of them at the Galleria Arte Struktura in Milan. His works are to be found in major museums throughout the world.

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exhibitions

2013

Houston, Sicardi Gallery

 

2012

Lovere (BG), Accademia Tadini

Miami, Durban Segnini Gallery

Bergamo, Galleria Marelia arte moderna e contemporanea

 

2011

Bergamo, Galleria Marelia arte moderna e contemporanea

Nice, Centre International d’Art Contemporain Château de Carros

Buenos Aires, ArteBA

Buenos Aires, Galería Braga Menéndez Arte Contemporáneo

 

2010

Strà (VE), Museo Nazionale Villa Pisani

Buenos Aires, Galería Laura Haber

Buenos Aires, Centro Cultural Borges

Montevideo, Centro Cultural de España

Montevideo, Galeria de las Misiones

 

2009

Paris, Galerie Nery Mariño

Pinamar, Galería Hoy en el Arte

 

2008

La Plata, MACLA, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Latinoamericano

Paris, Maison de l’Amerique Latine

Buenos Aires, Laura Haber Gallery

Buenos Aires, Galeria Laura Haber

Buenos Aires, Centro Cultural Borges,

Buenos Aires, Museo Sivori

 

2007

Buenos Aires, I Bienal de Arte Geométrico, Galería Dharma

Buenos Aires, Galería Loreto Arenas

Paris, Galerie Drouart

Buenos Aires, "casa de la Cultura, Fondo Nacional de las Artes

 

2006

Miami, Galeria Durban Segnini

Tarpon Springs, Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art

 

2005

Cordoba, Museo Carafa

Santa Fe, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo

La Plata, MABLA para ciegos

 

2004

Buenos Aires, Centro Borges

 

2003

Buenos Aires, Galeria Loreto Arenas

 

2002

Bergamo, GAMeC – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea

 

2001

New York, The Americas Society, Park Avenue

Buenos Aires, Galeria del infinito

 

2000

Buenos Aires, MACLA – Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Latinoamericano

 

1999

Paris, Galerie Franka Berndt

 

1998

Pontoise, Musée de Pontoise

Buenos Aires, Galeria Ruth Benzacart

Buenos Aires, Galeria Ruth Benzacar

 

1997

Madrid, Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofia

Madrid, Telefonica

Madrid, Fundación Arte e y Tecnología

 

1996

Paris, Galerie Claude Dorval

 

1995

Montevideo, Museo Torres Garcia

Buenos Aires, Galeria Centoria

 

1994

Paris, Galerie Claude Dorval

 

1993

New York, MoMA – Museum of Modern Art

 

1992

Paris, Centre Pompidou

St. Paul de Vence, Galerie de La Salle

 

1990

Paris, Galerie Keller,

 

1989 

London, Hayward Gallery

Pontoise, Musée de Pontoise

 

1988

Bremen, Galleria El Patio

 

1987 

Paris, Galerie Down Town

 

1986 

Brescia, Galleria Sincron

Brescia, Galleria Nizza

 

1985 

Nice, Galerie des Ponchettes

St. Paul de Vence, Galerie Alexandre de La Salle

Roma, Espacio Latino Americano

 

1983 

Paris, Espace Latino-Americain

 

1980 

Nice, Galerie de La Salle

 

1979 

Paris, Galerie François Polluel (FIAC)

 

1978 

St. Paul de Vence, Galerie Alexandre de la Salle

Paris, Galerie Trente

Nice, Galerie Lieu 5

 

1977 

Paris, Galerie Quincampoix

 

1976 

Buenos Aires, Galeria Arte Nuevo

Lot, Casa Françoise Tournée Carenac

 

1973 

Paris, Galerie Charley Chevalier

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