The artist Daniel Steegmann Mangrané will set free an example of this species in the galleries of the Fundació Antoni Tàpies. These are butterflies that like to fly in open areas such as roads, rivers or the edges of forests, avoiding the dense forest; therefore, they will be happy in the spacious galleries of the museum, where the temperature, between 22 and 24°C, is almost tropical. They are easy to feed with ripe, preferably sweet, fruit. The chrysalises will arrive a week prior to the hatching of an adult butterfly. Its size is around 10 centimetres, so it is likely that visitors will overlook it in an area of 4,696 m, although it will probably be close to the light. What is a living, tropical insect doing in side an exhibition gallery? The use of natural elements in exhibitions, from a coyote to a parrot or plant, has been explored in art since the 1960s. Steegmann, in particular, follows the path of Brazilian artists like Hélio Oiticica and Lygia Clark, who translated the synaesthesia of their country into contemporary art.
One of the inescapable consequences of this action is the diversion of the visitor’s attention to an unexpected element: a silent disruption that will very easily go unnoticed.
27.04.2018 – 20.05.2018
Catàleg “Kerry James Marshall” Postal Black LoveMore information
The Green Parrot.
Daniel Steegmann Mangrané.