25 March 2019


Phillips Announces the Upcoming Selling Exhibition


Jorge Eielson: Une esthétique de l’espace


4 April – 3 May 2019, Paris


PARIS – 25 MARCH 2019 - Phillips is pleased to announce the launch of Jorge Eielson: Une esthétique de l’espace, a selling exhibition that will take place in the Paris galleries of 46 rue du bac, from 4 April to 3 May 2019. Presenting 10 of Jorge Eielson’s works made between 1966 and 1999, Jorge Eielson: Une esthétique de l’espace will shed light on the Peruvian artist’s long-overlooked career, and showcase important works from his Quipus series, commenced in 1963 and continued throughout his lifetime. The exhibition will be accompanied by a talk held at La Maison de l'Amérique Latine on 8 April 2019, where Catherine Petitgas will be discussing Eielson’s seminal contribution to postwar Latin American art, and the wonderful artistic legacy he left through his radical spatial interventions.


Nathalie Zaquin-Boulakia, International Specialist of 20th Century & Contemporary Art, said, “The works highlighted in this exhibition illustrate the artistic achievements of Jorge Eielson, and bring attention to the Peruvian heritage that informed his practice throughout his career. The exhibition includes examples from the artist’s most important Quipus series, that embodies Eielson’s experiments with the spatial and aesthetic possibilities offered by fabric manipulation. We look forward to sharing these with both new and longstanding admirers of his work.”


Jorge Eielson

Born in 1924 to a Peruvian mother and a Scandinavian father, Jorge Eielson left Peru at the age of 24, and spent the rest of his life in Europe until his death in 2006. A curious mind and a multidisciplinary artist, he remains best known in Latin America for his poetry and writing, and in Europe and the United States for his art. Influenced by the likes of Paul Klee and Joan Miró, Eielson’s canvases straddle colourful essentialism and the kinetic poetry of wooden constructions and metallic mobiles. Visiting Paris, Switzerland and subsequently settling in Italy, Eielson actively engaged with the cultural milieu of his adoptive countries, befriending the MADI group in Paris, Raymond Hains, and Alberto Burri, Mimmo Rotella, and Cy Twombly in Rome. There is an undeniable connection to the Concetti Spaziali of Lucio Fontana, a fellow Latin American artist whose iconic cuts would forever change the landscape of painting.

In the early 1960s, Eielson became fascinated with the spatial and aesthetic possibilities offered by fabric manipulation, and thus began his seminal Quipus series, of which the 10 paintings from our exhibition originate. Taking its name from the pre-Columbian knots used in Incan administrations to collect data, the Quipus series merges ancient technique and modernist abstraction through the elaboration of simple geometric forms. Eielson symbolically used the device of knotting to bring together aesthetic, symbolic, historical, and linguistic realms. His main concern was breaking away from flat planes and two-dimensional objects as a means of creating a visual lexicon completely independent from that of his peers.

Eielson’s canvases from this series were first exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1964 to wide acclaim, including purchases by the likes of Alfred Barr and Nelson Rockefeller, that have remained in both the Museum of Modern Art and the Rockefeller collections since. During his lifetime, Eielson would exhibit in numerous shows across Europe and the United States, and had three further inclusions in Venice Biennales in 1966, 1972, and 1988. Since his death in 2006, the artist has remained one of the most well-known Spanish speaking poets, and his artwork is included in major collections around the world.


Phillips has an incredible track record of selling Latin American works of art. In early 2018, Phillips formally integrated Latin American Art within the company’s auctions of 20th Century & Contemporary Art amid an increasingly globalised market for the category. As part of a commitment to celebrating artists from this region alongside their international peers, Phillips looks forward to showcasing Eielson’s work in its Paris galleries, and demonstrating his equally impressive role in the art historical canon.



Exhibition: 4 April – 3 May 2019

Opening times: Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturdays by appointment only

Location: 46 Rue du Bac, Paris 75007





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