Monday, July 6, 2015

Sean Scully cancels plans for a musuem Barcelona for a monastery outside the city

By Lorena Muñoz-Alonso
Sean Scully earlier this week at the Montserrat Chapel, Barcelona, surrounded by his works. Photo via: Nacio Digital
SPAIN---Sean Scully has had enough. After more than a year of unsuccessful negotiations with city officials on a project to found a museum dedicated to his work in the Spanish city of Barcelona, the Irish-born artist has now withdrawn from the project entirely. In the medieval church of Santa Cecilia de Montserrat, which is part of the thousand-year-old Monteserrat monastery, the artist successfully launched an ambitious (and permanent) site-specific project. After a 10-year, €1 million restoration, the small chapel now features 22 works by Scully, including large abstract paintings on canvas, aluminum, and copper, frescoes, and stained glass and metal candlesticks. [link]

A Montserrat monk observes Sean Scully's painting Holly Photo: Joan Sánchez via El País