"Leiko Ikemura. AQUÍ ESTAMOS / HERE WE ARE", Puerto Banús, 2022 © Leiko Ikemura and VG Bildkunst, 2022 / Photo: Stefano Tiracchia, 2022.

With the international exhibition Aquí Estamos by Japanese artist Leiko Ikemura, the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències de Valencia presents the artist’s most significant sculptural exhibition to date in Spain. The importance of this group of sculptures is amplified in the surroundings of Puerto Banús, sheltered by the Mediterranean Sea, the iconic Control Tower of the marina, the large yachts moored at its docks, and a Sierra Blanca in the distance that allows to enjoy outdoors art and nature in harmony, transmitting through these sculptures messages of mercy, compassion and reverie.

The exhibition by Japanese artist Leiko Ikemura is composed of six sculptures balanced between spirituality and compassion. Aquí Estamos is the artist’s most significant sculptural exhibition. A free, open-air exhibition that combines art and culture in the same space.

The six bronze sculptures with colored patinas will be displayed in the luxury marina. Usagi Greeting, Figure with three Birds, Double Figure, Cat Girl Lying, Lying Girl, and Catgirl with Usagi are the pieces by the 2001 recipient of the German Critics’ Association Award.

Once again, the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències de Valencia will collaborate with Puerto Banús in the cession of its works. My Secret Garden by Belgian artist Arne Quinze was the first collaboration between the museum and the port. With this kind of initiatives, Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències brings art closer to other cities and audiences.

Children’s beauty, fluffed among flowers. Leiko Ikemura’s exhibition is made up of flowers represented by children’s figures that, in full development, long for another world. Without going any further, Usagi Greeting, represented with a hare’s head and human body, possesses in her interior a hollow space where any child can take shelter from the world around him and return to the maternal protection prior to his birth.

Aquí Estamos invites us to reflect on spirituality from a universal perspective and from femininity. A figure-temple of welcome, with a philosophy of acceptance and embrace of motherhood and the various beings born into this world or yet to be born. Crossing the boundaries between cultures, it combines characteristics of European art and the Eastern world.


This exhibition is generously supported by the city of Marbella, the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències de Valencia, and the Ikemura Foundation, Berlin.


Source: Puerto Banús


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