Pérez Siquier Centre

In September 2016, Carlos Pérez Siquier ceded to the Ibáñez-Cosentino Art Foundation the totality of his photographic archive and its integral management. Almost at the same time, work began on a new building next to the Ibáñez Museum in Olula del Río, completed the following year.

The new centre, which opened in September 2017, is the first museum in Spain dedicated to one of our great classical photographers. The 550 m2 building houses the Pérez Siquier archive, where its collections are systematically digitized and placed at the service of scholars and researchers, and the museum dedicated to the author’s work. The most interesting of Pérez Siquier’s work and the surprising of his stylistic evolution are shown in five rooms.

In ROOM 1, around the original prototype of the monumental Coslada Woman by Antonio López (Tomelloso, 1936), La Chanca is exposed in black and white, mythical series of Spanish documentarism of the fifties, which portrays in a neorealist key the life of the inhabitants of this almerian district.

ROOM 2, exhibits La Chanca in color, a series from the early sixties on the same neighborhood that initiates a more aesthetic and informalist vision in the photographer’s career.

ROOM 3 presents The Beach, from the 70s; a set of works of marked irony and pop accent on the invading tourism on the beaches of the Mediterranean, which gave so much fame to the photographer and placed him as one of the world’s pioneers of color photography.

ROOM 4 presents a selection of his later series on Color of the South.

ROOM 5, an open courtyard, gathers a synthesis of the most abstract work of Pérez Siquier, in images ranging from the chipped walls of La Chanca of the mid sixties to the records of the late nineties taken in the Cabo de Gata.

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