The Copyist

Action which consists in inviting a copyist of an Old Masters´ museum within a contemporary art exhibition space to paint live a series of oil on canvas´ installation views of an exhibition.
Firstly performed by Román Blázquez, an official copyist authorized by the Prado Museum, in various halls of the exhibition Querer parecer noche at Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (Móstoles, 10.10.18 - 27.01.19)
[Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo Collection]

The action seeks to confront the European painting tradition with contemporary art production, creating an alternative documentation of a show which is generated from the copyist´s direct observation of the artworks and the space. 

For its first presentation at Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo I invited Román Blázquez – one of the most veteran of the authorized copyists of the Prado Museum –, to work on a regular basis in the halls of the contemporary art center. The resultant oil-on-canvas´ copies were gradually hung on the walls on certain parts of the show, becoming part of the exhibition itself.

Installation views and details of Querer parecer noche, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (Móstoles, Spain, 2018-2019)
Images © Roberto Ruiz