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Jaume Plensa


Widely celebrated for public sculpture that engages the human form, architecture, poetry, and language, Jaume Plensa presents new work in his 10th exhibition at GRAY, Forgotten Dreams. The exhibition includes two large-scale installations in cast aluminum – a series of twenty-one doors that line the perimeter of the gallery, and a body of freestanding sculptural portraits in an island at its center – as well as a collection of drawings and two sculptures in granite and marble. 

In her essay, On Dreams and Forgetting, Yorkshire Sculpture Park Senior Curator Sarah Coulsen examines the exhibition. “Plensa makes an extraordinary statement about our capacity to travel within ourselves in order to cross conceptual thresholds," states Coulsen. "While he suggests that before we can comprehend the other islands or souls that surround us we must first follow an interior path to understand our own individual spirit, he simultaneously celebrates the incredible potential of the symbolic bridges that span the distances between us. Although our eyes may be closed, our hearts can be open to the infinite possibilities that are engendered when we work together toward a shared dream for humanity.”

Jaume Plensa: Forgotten Dreams was on view at GRAY Chicago, 2044 W Carroll Ave, from April 7 through June 23, 2023.