Julio and Roberta González are represented in the Pompidou Center Malaga’s temporary exhibition which retraces a century of Spanish art, from Joan Miró to Miquel Barceló. This exposition shows the crucial place occupied by Spanish artists in the development of avant-garde artistic movements throughout the 20th century, from cubism and surrealism to abstraction, and how contemporary artists like Barceló, Cristina Iglesias and La Ribot pursue these innovative practices today.
The exhibition makes Julio González’s essential place among the pioneers of Spanish modernity clear. He is represented with eight works: five sculptures and three paintings. Among his sculptures on display are Don Quichotte (1930), La chevelure (1934) and Le Rêve, Le Baiser (1934), works which testify to his revolutionary technique of « drawing in space » with iron, and integrating the void as an integral part of the artwork. This becomes possible after he applies an industrial welding technique to his sculpture for the first time. Beyond the technical and stylistic innovations apparent in González’s work, his sculptures La Petite faucille (1937) and Petite Montserrat effrayée (1942) reflect his antifascist engagement from the beginning of the Spanish Civil War and through his death during the Second World War, which he demonstrates in a variety of styles and supports.
These works by Julio González are accompanied by a painting by his daughter, Roberta González, an artist herself. Her painting displayed in Málaga, Nu mélancolique (1950), is typical of her postwar style. As she grapples with the trials of the war years, including her beloved father’s untimely death, her favorite subject are melancholic, nostalgic women, created with a limited number of dark tones, as we see here. This gallery of pensive women constitue an important step on the road to her own, personal style, which she develops over the course of the 1950s and 1960s.
The Pompidou Center Málaga is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the exhibition will scheduled to remain on view through November 1, 2021.