Biography

French-Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez (Caracas, 1923 - Paris, 2019) lived and worked in Paris since 1960. A major protagonist in the field of Kinetic and Optical Art, a movement that encourages “an awareness of the instability of reality”*, his body of work established him as one of the key 20th century thinkers in the realm of color.

Carlos Cruz-Diez’s visual art explores the perception of color as an autonomous reality evolving in space and time, unaided by form or support, in a perpetual present.

His artworks are housed in prestigious permanent collections at institutions such as:

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York
Tate Modern, London
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Centre Pompidou, Paris
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne

* Jean Clay, “La peinture est finie” [Painting is Finished], Robho, n°1, 1967, n.p.

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In my works, color appears and disappears during the course of a dialogue with real space and time. What also emerges is the undeniable fact that the information we have acquired and the knowledge we have memorized throughout our lifetime are, probably, not true… at least to some extent.

 

When we view color through an “elementary prism” that has been stripped of pre-existing meanings, it can awaken other sensory perception mechanisms that are more subtle and complex than those that have been ingrained in us by our cultural conditioning and the constant, ubiquitous barrage of information we face in our contemporary society.

Carlos Cruz-Diez
Reflexión sobre el color [Reflection on Color], Fundación Juan March, 2009 [ed. or. 1989]

 

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Kunstmuseum Stuttgart
Kleiner Schloßplatz 1,
70173 Stuttgart
Germany
23.11.19 - 19.04.20

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
250 SOUTH GRAND AVE
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21.12.19 - 31.12.20

Kunstmuseum Bern & the Zentrum Paul Klee
Kunstmuseum Bern
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3011 Bern

Zentrum Paul Klee
Monument im Fruchtland 3
3000 Bern 31
30.10.20 - 24.01.21

Denver Art Museum
100 W 14th Avenue Pkwy
Denver, CO 80204
USA
06.06.20 - 28.02.21

Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
U.S.A
14.03.20 - 02.08.20

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
New York
21.10.19 - 14.03.20