Jaume Plensa: Talking Continents

September 28 – December 8, 2019

Internationally renowned Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa’s public art is driven by a desire to emphasize the possibilities of communication brought about through sculpture and place.  Installed around the world, Plensa’s art is one of inclusion –bringing people together—and of profound impact.

Talking Continents is an installation of 19 sculptures that are at once separate and interrelated. Comprised of letters from various alphabets that don’t come together as words, the works exist instead as abstract forms, as arbitrary signs and shapes. As such, each sculpture embodies a dissolution of meaning or breakdown in communication. At the same time, the letters comprising the works are also the components needed to reconstruct words and create meaning—the building blocks for cultural understanding. A firm believer that art has the capacity to transform our lives, Plensa has stated that Talking Continents represents the concept of globalism without judgement.

Jaume Plensa: Talking Continents was organized by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Generous funding for Jaume Plensa: Talking Continents has been provided by the David and Paula Kraemer Fund; Ellen Rosner and Paul J. Reckwerdt; Mary Ellyn and Joe Sensenbrenner; Peggy and Tom Pyle; Gina and Michael Carter; National Guardian Life Insurance Company; Lynda and Charles Clark; Dynee and Barney Sheafor; Sara Guyer and Scott Straus; Karen and Craig Christianson; and RSM.

© Jaume Plensa
Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York