H.E. Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon, in the presence of Director General of the Cultural Village Foundation Katara, Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, H.E. Ambassador of Mexico in Qatar Jose Guillermo Ordorica Robles, and CEO of the Katara Public Diplomacy Center Eng. Darwish Ahmed Al Shaibani unveiled the donation of two Sculptures by the Mexican Artist Rodrigo Solórzano.
“Oryx” and “Humpback Whale” are a representation of both countries, as they symbolize the endemic animals native to each region. Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs praised Qatar´s welcome and hospitality and considered the unveiling, accompanied by Paola Calderoni in the representation of the artist, a reflection of the friendship, cooperation and further cultural exchanges between the two great nations. He thanked Katara for embracing Mexican culture and building bridges of communication.
Exhibiting for the first time in Qatar, Mexican artist Rodrigo Solórzano will be showcasing his latest project, BESTIARIO, which consists of a range of steel and aluminium sculptures, which are inspired by the ancient art of origami. Through an exploration of fold and form, his traditional figures are transformed into creatures of our century. This collection invites us to rethink the distinctions between the functional and the artistic, between design and play.
A bestiario, or bestiary, is a compendium of beasts. Originating in the ancient world, these medieval books are home to all the animals we can conceive, from those that take part in our daily lives to legendary creatures that no one has [yet] managed to document. A bestiary compiles the life of nature but also the life of the imagination. It is a fictional place where all kinds of beings coexist in silence. But, as we know, sometimes imagination materializes into reality.
This collection is a reinterpretation of paper toys inspired by the ancient art of origami. Like ancient bestiaries, this product series combines creatures from various families and regions. Animal figures take new forms from new materials. Its steel and aluminium composition have the paper's lightness and the metallic structure's resistance.
This collection is not limited to combining the contemporary with the traditional; as a continuation of his past works, Rodrigo Solórzano invites us to rethink the distinctions between the functional and the artistic, between design and play.
From its inception, Bestiario was digitally created and prepared to be digitally manufactured using mostly Computer Aided Machines. The result is a series of industrial sculptures born from the union of technological efficiency with the poetic inspiration of art.
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